How to Become A Music Producer

Instructor: Stanley A. Brown
Mondays - 7:00PM - 7:45PM
Session 1 - 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
Session 2 - 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13
Session 3 - 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24

A music producer is a recording creative and technical leader. Commanding studio time and coaching artists typically creates the sound and structure of the song. If you’re interested in Producing and being responsible for determining and leading the creative and technical aspects of recordings, whether for a single song, an album, or a soundtrack this class is for you. This Producers class will teach you how to work in the studio with artists, musicians, songwriters and audio engineers to create and sonically shape your projects.

Stanley A. Brown

Writer-Producer| Music Director | Culture Curator

Stanley A. Brown’s extensive career appropriately reads like that of a legend while continuing

to evolve like today’s current and new trendsetting thought leaders. With over 30 years of

experience as an entertainment industry creative and award-winning composer and producer,

Stanley continues to move the culture forward, helming projects with industry veterans and

promising newcomers alike in. This is evidenced by some of his latest projects which include

ongoing live musical direction with praise and worship music’s biggest star Israel Houghton and

producing the forthcoming album from vocal powerhouse Donnie McClurkin. Most recently,

Brown was tapped by Roc Nation to cast and curate a landmark recording project to creatively

fuse R&B and Gospel music via unique artist collaborations.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Stanley’s career emerged in the golden era of Hip-Hop as a

producer and writer for some of music’s biggest and most influential performers - including

Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Keith Sweat among many others. He is

also the co-founder of the Grammy Award winning and pioneering gospel act Hezekiah

Walker’s Love Fellowship Crusade Choir of which he was also music director.

In 1996, Stanley’s proven ear and eye for talent led him to his first executive position as Vice

President of A&R for Island Black Music, a division of Island Records. There, he successfully

launched and navigated the recording careers of Dru Hill and Kelly Price. Also, while at Island

Black Music, Brown made history for the gospel music genre in signing Pastor and author

Bishop T.D. Jakes to his first recording contract and co-producing Karen Clark-Sheard’s (of the

legendary Clark Sisters) debut landmark project Finally Karen. Finally Karen is critically

acclaimed as a defining moment in contemporary Black music and is credited with continually

influencing the soundscape of Black artists in multiple genres to this day.

In 2000 Stanley launched Timeless Music Group (TMG), a full-service writing, production and

consulting company that would be the home base for his musical endeavors. Through TMG,

Brown has written and produced Grammy Award winning hits for gospel legend Shirley Caesar,

praise and worship trailblazer Judith Christie-McAllister, and R&B icon Charlie Wilson and

serving as music director for artists like Melanie Fiona, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child),

BeBe Winans and the hit reality music competition show Sunday Best. TMG is also responsible

for penning and producing commercial jingles and theme songs for corporate clients and

Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, PepsiCo., IBM, Verizon, Subway, McDonald’s,

Walmart and more.

While launching and developing TMG, Brown continued to hold executive positions within the

entertainment industry. He handled booking for Butch Lewis Productions working closely with

Black Entertainment Television (BET) before returning to the world of A&R. He went on to hold

leading A&R positions at Motown Records before joining Verity Records in what would become

RCA Inspiration during his tenure. While at RCA, Stanley helped maintain an elite gospel artist

roster while executive producing record-breaking projects including Jason Nelson’s major label

debut and gospel legend Fred Hammond’s #1 gospel project United Tenors, a supergroup

concept collaboration featuring R&B singers Eric Roberson and Dave Hollister, and gospel star

Brian Courtney Wilson. Soon after, Brown continued his A&R leadership with Entertainment

One (eOne) serving as a consultant during a pivotal time of leadership transition for the label.

While at eOne he was responsible for the A&R of praise and worship phenom Todd Dulaney’s

breakthrough live album, A Worshipper’s Heart.

Despite his accomplishments on the national stage, Stanley has an unwavering commitment to

his faith and always attributes his gifting and success to God. Consequently, despite his many

projects and professional positions, he continues to serve as Musical Director of his local church

the Greater Allen Cathedral in Queens, New York.

Stanley Brown continues to call New York City home along with his wife Nailah.