Composing Kieran Brown

Kieran Brown is a New York City based multi-genre vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator with a strong concentration in Jazz, R&B, and The American Songbook. With a strong love for improvisation and composition, Kieran hopes to be a part of the young generation of musicians preserving and revitalizing jazz for the 21st century.


In our new series TAKE 10, we asked Kieran 10 quick questions about her history and musical influences. Club Room welcomes back Kieran Brown for an intimate evening set on June 13. Reserve a table for the perfect date night of live music and dining in SoHo. Shows start at 8PM.


*Hometown? Fairfield, CT.


*First voice teacher? I started taking voice lessons at the age of 13 at my local dance studio where I danced for many years. I studied with the same teacher all through middle and high school. She is the one who introduced me to Jazz and the American Songbook.


*Tell us about your first professional gig. My first professional gig was at the age of 16. I was selected to perform the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. It was quite the thrill! I have since returned to the garden to sing the anthem as well as at other arenas in the tri-state area.


*Biggest musical influences? Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Esperanza Spalding, are some of my greatest musical influences as well as classical composers Claude Debussy, and Frédéric Chopin.


*Most memorable show you’ve ever seen? One of the most memorable shows I’ve ever seen was Dayna Stephens Quartet at the Village Vanguard in 2022. His performance truly made the rest of the world melt away and the band was completely locked in. Another memorable performance I saw was Cecil Mclorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner at the Newport Jazz Festival. Those two create pure magic!


*Most memorable show you’ve ever played? One performance memory that I always cherish is playing with the Emmet Cohen Trio in Bloomington, Indiana where I did my undergrad. We played the classic standard “Tea For Two” as a ballad;  I had never sang that tune like that before. Emmet showed me an incredible recording of Blossom Dearie singing the verse, so I learned it the morning of the concert!


*What’s your favorite song to sing? One of my favorite songs to sing is the great Johnny Mercer tune “Emily”. The lyrics are very meaningful to me, so much so that I am recording it in June for my debut album. We have a beautiful arrangement with string quartet done by the incredible pianist/ composer Joe Block.


*Give us 5 of your favorite places to eat/go/hear music in NYC. Pete’s Tavern in Gramercy Park, Dizzy’s Club in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dorians Bar on the Upper East Side, The Owl’s Tail on the Upper West Side, and The Django at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca!


*Strangest song request you’ve ever received? Someone once requested I sing Brittney Spears, and I respectfully declined.


*Why do you love performing at The Club Room? The Club Room was the first professional venue I played in New York back when I started my career here in Summer 2022. It is one of my favorite spots in town to sing, from the incredible audience, lovely staff, and amazing cocktails!