Sound Sovereign/Brown is a composer, vocalist, and former healing practitioner, whose work is rooted in sacred refuge, embodied decolonization, and restorative liberatory practice.
Cultivated through ritual, Sound's music includes chant-based chamber pieces, orchestrated song landscapes, improvisational solo and collaborative practices, and a bit of singer-songwriter flavor. All of which explore relationship between the wordless, mantra, lyrical language, and prayer.
Sound is a member of Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, the Resistance Revival Chorus, and is the vocal director for Treya Lam.
Performances have included Lincoln Center, AfroPunk, Summerstage, Joe's Pub, Carnegie Hall, the Sant’Anna Arressi Jazz Festival in Sardinia-Italy, Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Jazz, the Rubin Museum, Winter JazzFest NYC, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Apollo Theater.
Projects have included In the Mouth of this Dragon and Compass Song with Mendi & Keith Obadike; the modern opera Binibon with composer Elliott Sharp; Tonya Pinkin's Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn; choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland's Patien(ce); Derek McPhatter's afrofuturist LGBTQ musical, Bring the Beat Back; and the musical podcast series, The Misadventures of Clown Zer0, co-created by the NY NeoFuturists' Nicole Hill, Connor Sampson, and Colin Summers.
Sound is a 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, American Composers Forum 2022 ACF Create recipient, and New York Foundation for the Arts 2022 NYC Women's Fund recipient.
Through these awards, Sound's debut solo project - Data and the Disciple, vol. 1 - is intended to release and live premiere in 2024.