#Visuals Brian and Thomas Owens - "A Change Is Gonna Come"

#Growns you should be familiar with the sound of Brian Owens as we have featured his work within these pages. Today we wanted to post this video and performance from 2013 Brian and his father Thomas that has garnered more than 10 million views on Facebook alone since October 7, 2017, and those numbers continue to grow! This is what we have put forth as a part of our core since the beginning of GFM - Bridging The Gap and what better display that than a father to son?

Filmed at Shock City Studios in St. Louis, Missouri, the video honors the song's message and Cooke's legacy. Far more than that, it reflects a history of love, challenge and the triumph that binds these two remarkable men together.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the video, Owens is now offering the song as a single, with all proceeds from every purchase from going to support nonprofit music and leadership initiatives in Owens's hometown of Ferguson, Missouri and surrounding communities. These include L.I.F.E. Arts Inc. (Leadership, Innovation, Faith and Excellence), founded and led by Owens to provide development experiences and opportunities for urban youth pursuing the arts and to mentor and develop a new generation of leaders and innovators.

Now that's bridging the gap in action!

Support the movement!
Brian Owens first attracted worldwide attention as the lead singer with the U.S. Air Force band Sidewinder, whose videos drew more than 2.5 million hits on YouTube and led to numerous national television appearances, including Entertainment Tonight, FOX & Friends, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more. He has also performed at the White House and the World Series. His music, which has been compared to legendary soul artists such as Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, is full of messages that are hopeful, encouraging and thought-provoking, touching on subjects that range from social awareness to family life and faith. For more of the latest news and information, visit

Date Night February 17th, 2013 @ Drom NYC


GFM NYC metro area fam get ready!!!

The next installment of Date Night is happening on Feb. 17th at Drom NYC. This Date Night's theme will be "Romance In Winter". Our headliner will be the amazing and super talented Toronto songstress, Ayah. The special guests for the evening will be Brian Owens and Teresa Jenee, both hailing from St. Louis. This will be the perfect end to the Valentine's Day weekend.

Date: Feb 17th
Time: Doors 6:30p, Show 7:15p
Price: $15 adv/ $20 door

Brian Owens

Music Review: Brian Owens: Moods and Messages

Moods & Messages

By Garry Moran, Guest GFM Contributor

Brian Owens has been called the next great voice of American soul and, although he’s quick to point out he’s simply upholding the traditions of other great soul singers from years gone by, Owens clearly relishes the honors bestowed on him, assuming his mantle with utmost seriousness.

Born in St. Louis, Owens was raised in a musical household of gospel, blues and country music and spent his youth singing in the church choir and soaking up the music of Bill Withers, Lou Rawls and Sam and Dave. But it was the voice of Nat King Cole that resonated with the teen, setting him on an auspicious musical path. Along the way, Owens attended University before dropping out to join the Air force, where he spent the next three years as lead vocalist for the Military band SideWinder. During his time with SideWinder, Owens performed on a number of television shows including Entertainment Tonight, and sang for First Lady Michelle Obama, while becoming something of a YouTube sensation with over 2.5 million viewers .

With his own solo music, Owens has attracted a comparatively mature concert audience that clearly savours his brand of grown up soul music that has critics all aglow. That same audience has been left out in the cold in recent times with some radio programmers, who seem hell bent on clogging up the airwaves with generic R&B. So its small wonder then that Owens, like Ryan Shaw, has received such notice, and he appears takes his “America’s newest soul sensation” tag to heart.

Owens' debut CD, Moods and Messages, coalesces the musical styles of Otis Redding, Al Green and Curtis Mayfield with the retro soul/pop sensibilities of a modern day soul man. And while Owens has been compared to the likes of Sam Cooke, it is Marvin Gaye who is his most notable influence.

To read the full review, click here