Celebrating his recent Greatest Hits album release, Saanich musician Jesse Thomas Brown performs Sept. 12 at the David Foster Foundation Theatre in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Singer/pianist Brown’s new album was “crowd-sourced” and includes 11 original songs and a bonus track – a cover of the song “Solidarity Forever.” His recording of the trades-worker anthem has gained popularity online but was never included on one of his albums until now, he says.
“I didn’t want this compilation to be a reflection of what I (personally) felt was my best material,” Brown says. “Instead, I wanted it to represent the tastes and preferences of my audience.”
Greatest Hits is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Spotify and forms the set list for the concert, along with a few cover songs thrown in, including hits by Bruce Springsteen and Elton John.
Brown gets his inspiration from many bands across many genres and countries, but credits Elton John for his love of music. At age 13 Brown saw the famed British artist on The Muppet Show and became obsessed with the artist’s songs. After finally seeing John in concert, he decided to learn piano. By 16, Brown was writing his own music and by 19 he was performing live shows.
With more than 18 years in the Victoria music scene, Brown says the David Foster Theatre is the best venue in the area, because it’s comfortable for audiences and has good acoustics. “It really elevates my music,” he says, adding he looks forward to sharing a fun evening with people.
The adult-oriented performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Free parking is available under the hotel and the bar will be open. Tickets are $30, available at Lyle’s Place in Victoria, Tom Lee Music in Langford and online at jessethomasbrown.com.
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