BJ Brown

by Terry Watson | November 16th, 2020
BJ Brown

BJ Brown

When the quality of your service speaks for itself, the chances of your business being successful are a lot higher. That is what is taking place with Southern Lighting and Sound, Southern Wave Studios, and Southern Wave Music Group in Charleston, SC.

Owned and founded by BJ Brown, SLS provides audio, lighting, and visual production services for concerts, weddings, festivals, corporate events, and religious events. Additionally, they offer live and studio recording, mixing and mastering, and pre and post production studio work.

BJ’s family is well established in the Charleston community. He is married and a father of four. He graduated from R. B. Stall High School in 1999. That same year, he started his career as a firefighter for the City of North Charleston in September, and is currently a Captain at Station 2.

When BJ is not at the fire station, you can catch him at Southern Wave Studios, where we works with several great singers, song writers, and musicians. The Southern Wave Music Group is the record label that BJ owns.

“Music has been in my life since I was born. Both of my parents, the Rev. Bernard and Carrie Brown, are well known singers and musicians in our community. They have cultivated a musical experience in my life for as long as I can remember, so it made sense that I would fall in love with the music scene, and all that it offers. My first dose of live audio production came in high school where I sang the chorus. This experience allowed me to setup the mics and speakers for all of our events, including events held in our school Auditorium/Gymnasium. I knew then I was called to work in this field,” he shares.

In 2002, BJ started producing music tracks for some friends. Not knowing what he was doing, BJ says he started making tracks with his brothers’ keyboard and letting his friends listen to them. “This started my love for studio work,” he says.

When he first started, BJ says he faced a few challenges. One was being the new kid on the block. “Most clients want the experience but don’t anticipate the cost for their requests,” he shares. Being in the south BJ says comes with its own set of challenges that every black business owner faces. “Not just racism, but the lack of support we receive from other people of color is unbelievable. At times, we can be our worst enemy.”

BJ says he loves working with his clients. He also enjoys setting up the live audio system, which is his favorite part of his job. “Mixing the instruments and mics can be so rewarding when I see the audience really enjoying what they see and hear,” he says.

BJ says he is inspired mostly by his family, music mogul, Sean Puffy Combs, and his community of audio engineers. Some of his notable clients are Mike Brown and F.O.C.U.S, Jarell Smalls and Company, Fantasia, The Whispers, Gladys Knight, Travis Greene, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, John P. Kee, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Tamala Mann, PJ Morton, Confunkson, Midnight Starr, Atlantic Star, Loose Ends, Pieces of A Dream, and many more. “SLS has recorded with some of the best performers in the world. We can provide you with up to 128 tracks of your live performance. Our technicians are skilled in capturing the live essence of your event,” he says.

The future looks bright for BJ Browns and his for his company. He has plans to expand outside of Charleston and into other areas including Georgia and North Carolina. To learn more about BJ Brown and SLS Lighting & Sound, Southern Wave Studios, or SLS Music Group, please contact him directly or visit their website.

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