Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and even an occasional almost-rowdy bar crowd with friends from his SoCal roots. He is a sought-after guest in singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most delightful performers in the Los Angeles area. His brilliant lyrics invite listeners into the songs while his solid melodies carry the story from one note to the next. This natural and inviting delivery has charmed audiences for almost 40 years.
Severin’s career has run the gamut starting with a stint in the 1970s as a Motown Records staff songwriter and artist during which time he released two albums. Since then, with three more solo records, many songs cut by others, and a few movie placements, Severin has remained loyal to his songwriting. In 2012 he joined forces with five other songwriters, creating the “Tall Men Group.” This songwriting group also plays as a band and has released 2 additional CDs.
He is a popular guitar and songwriting teacher at festivals, retreats and camps. For more information see www.severinbrowne.com.
A touching story of how I ran into someone I knew years before...
I was working at a restaurant in Hollywood, CA when I was distracted by my dream girl walking in the door.
Angelyne is a Los Angeles icon who became notorious for her billboards in the 80's and 90's. Paul Zollo wrote this lyric, but denies it to this day.
This song uses a pirate scene to illustrate how I felt when I found out, years ago, that the girl that I was falling in love with was living with another man.
An old woman (modeled after my grandmother) receives a personal note from Jesus.
Fun, uptempo fantasy of me rescuing my damsel in distress. Background vocals by Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther and Jackson Browne (who were not credited on the original LP because of a legal glitch...).
Fun, uptempo tune about feeling betrayed. Jackson on background vocals.
Most requested... soft, sad, folkie... get out your hankies...
Most requested jazzy Reggae tune.
A happy Calypso song about wanting to be a good man.
Written for an artistic friend when she reached a milestone birthday, this is a celebration of any musical person's years on Earth.
We all have a past. Some of us escape to beyond it, while some are doomed to repeat it. This is the song of someone struggling with the escape.
This is a song for a good friend who I played music with when we were young and had the whole world ahead of us.
A beautiful song about longing for love and dealing with our self-imposed limitations.
Cool little tune that had the distinction of being covered later by both Colin Blunstone (Zombies) and The Dillards.
Quirky love triangle tune that got to #17 in Charlotte, NC in 1974.
Wistful little tune of lost love. Cool use of Moog synthesizer by Alan Lindgren in 1973.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
McCartney - his first solo album after the Beatles blew me away melodically. Very creative.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Piano. I don't play often, but it allows me to go deep.
3: What was the worst advice?
Give it up and get a day job.
4: What was your first concert?
My first solo performance was at a high school event... 1967.
5: What/where is the best road food?
A burger from this joint off the 101 in Arroyo Grande, CA.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Keep writing - you'll get it right eventually.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Antonio Carlos Jobim.