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Stars at the Shore: Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown

By Veronica Dudo

ATLANTIC CITY (CBS) – Grammy Award winner, Bobby Brown will perform at the House of Blues inside Showboat Casino on February 9. The Atlantic City concert was rescheduled due to Superstorm Sandy.

In 2012, Brown released his album, The Masterpiece after tragedy struck. In 2011 his mom died; followed by the death of his father in January 2012; and then the untimely death of his ex-wife, Whitney Houston in February 2012. Despite the personal losses, Brown says he looks forward to new beginnings. The singer-songwriter is excited to bring his show to Atlantic City; recalls memories of Philadelphia; talks about his recently released album, The Masterpiece; and his love of cooking.

Are you looking forward to finally performing your concert in Atlantic City?

It’s a show that we actually booked before the storm hit and we had to postpone it because of all of the damage and things that happened to AC but I’m really looking forward to getting there and performing for the people and just giving my all.

In 2012 you released your album, The Masterpiece and it had been a couple of years since you released a new album what was that process like for you?

Releasing The Masterpiece was just music that I had on my brain and that I had done years and years of just being off and I felt it was time to release something. After the loss of my mom and dad and my ex wife I felt it was time for me to get back into the game of music. The album is basically about my life: what I’ve gone through in my life and what I hope to do in my life in the future which is coming true as of today. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this thirteenth year of two thousand I’m just really looking forward to just performing and doing big things with other people.

Who were some of your musical influences growing up?

My musical influences were people like Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson, James Brown; I got a lot from Prince. I know he came around the same time that I did but at the same time Prince is one of the most prolific writers and performers that I have ever seen in my life so I try to take a little bit of James, Michael, Prince and Donny and mix them up in one and that’s how you get Bobby Brown.

What else are you working on besides music?

There’s a lot I’m doing with food. I’m a chef so I’m developing products to put out there for people who like to eat, people who like to cook, and people who like to stay health conscious. I’m just looking forward to getting my products out there.

Have you always enjoyed cooking?

I learned how to cook from my mom because I use to always be on punishment so I had to stay in the house. Punishment is not punishment anymore, take the iPod away these days or your phone away but I had to just stay in the house. I would just stay in the kitchen with my mom and watch her cook and I got a knack for it and I just love to cook–it relaxes me.

Do you have any fond memories of Philadelphia?

Lots of memories from Philly! I remember playing The Spectrum for the first time; I had painted The Spectrum in front of my project house and put a crate up with a backboard so Philly is a big part of me. The City of Brotherly Love and the whole thing the cheesesteaks I love Philly, I love performing period so I’m just looking to performing there.

Veronica Dudo is an award-winning journalist covering everything from breaking news to red carpet celebrity interviews. Follow her on Twitter @VeronicaDudo and Facebook

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