Jason Brownie Charlotte County’s own Local Legend
An Aquarius, born in Fort Myers and raised in Punta Gorda, Jason Brownie has been singing ever since he could talk. He grew up on his Grandparent’s ranch listening to country music and is inspired by artists like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Hank Williams Jr.
At age fourteen he learned the guitar, and in 2001 started the band Shades of Gray with his buddies Mike Laden, Drew Helstrom, and Russ Richey. They made a name for themselves as a rock band in Charlotte County, and traveled from Fort Myers to Tampa to perform for their fans. The band is currently on hiatus, which has allowed Jason to venture out and challenge himself to show that he isn’t limited to one type of music. He hasn’t played solo in four years and says he likes doing his own show the way he wants, but it’s more pressure and lacks the camaraderie he had with his band mates.
Jason’s Grandfather was a huge influence in his life and his original song “Angel” can touch any heart that hears it. He appeals to any demographic with his variety of songs on subjects from heartbreak, to his popular original Patriotic anthem called “America.” Jason’s hope for the completion of his country EP album is to get a record deal.
His latest gigs have been held at Punta Gorda’s In Your Face Cupcakes. Completely acoustic and stripped down, Jason gives a four-hour set playing cover songs, and his own material. His biggest fans are his closest friends that attend his performances, which makes his show very relaxed and playful, yet intimate. He’s very blessed to have such a support system.
I have faith that this die-hard Tampa Bay Bucs fan will go far. Visit www.facebook.com/Jasonbrowniemusic and become a fan. On his page you will find out where he’s playing in the future, and the latest news so you can keep track of this soon-to-be star. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch him doing his world famous Arnold Schwarzenegger impression. Support local artists who are working hard to make it big, this local legend will not let you down.
By Karla Rodriguez