Matthew Brown, son of leading gospel producer and musician Nicholas Brown, has been crowned Young Drummer of the Year, after beating off 400 competitors in a nationwide competition.
The 16-year-old drummer, who honed his skills whilst playing in the Calvary Church of God in Christ’s National Youth Department, impressed the panel of judges, which included Robbie Williams and Donavan Hepburn, with the ‘maturity and control’, dynamism and funky feel of his drumming.
Commenting on his win, an elated Matthew stated, “I realise that it’s not really about winning, as the last ten were amazing, so I’m really humbled that the judges chose me. I tried to use all the skills I’ve learned from watching my Uncle and my Dad, and being around other amazing musicians.” He added, “Church sets you up to win, because it’s such an inspirational but competitive atmosphere; there are so many talented and amazing people everywhere you look. I guess the performance element of church helps your confidence, too.”
The future looks bright for Matthew, who confesses to being a fan of Richard Smallwood and Marvin Sapp. He’s set to start a college course, go on a nationwide clinic tour as part of his winning prize, and has been approached by numerous companies interested in sponsoring him.
And he’s excited by what the future holds for him. “I hope to continue making music and pushing the envelope for myself and all gospel musicians who are my age. I’m just a young guy who loves God and loves music, and I hope to make people happy when I play.”