Brown Indian Family
by Jennifer Campbell
In 1993, The
Singing Browns disbanded after twenty-two consecutive years on the road
because of Jody Brown’s parents poor health. Soon after their disbandment,
Jody and his family began singing together as The Jody Brown Indian Family.
This second generation family group from Robbinsville, North Carolina has
taken the Southern Gospel Music Industry by storm. Their heartfelt,
family harmony is uncomparable with any other. Jody Brown and his
family are sincere Christians who are “Simply Blessed.”
For bookings and product
Jody Brown Indian Family
5670 Snowbird Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Phone: (828) 479-8766
Fax: (828) 479-2803
Today, The Jody
Brown Indian Family consists of Jody (a full-blooded Cherokee Indian),
his wife Donna, their nineteen-year-old son Jeremy, their fourteen-year-old
daughter Stephanie, and Doug Baker. Previously filling Doug’s keyboardist
position was Donna’s mother, Sue Hedrick. In September of 2000, Sue
decided to come off the road for most appearances and fulfil her duties
as a pastor’s wife. Although they will miss her, they are excited
about what God has planned for their ministry.
the group’s leader, also sings and accompanies the group as the bass guitarist.
He said his one wish would be for their singing group to get deeper in
the Lord. If he could send someone back in time, he would tell the
young Jody Brown to dedicate his life early to the Lord. He also
added, “I was saved at age thirteen. He wouldn’t have to go through
the heartache that I went through. Just be yourself and don’t imitate
others. God is satisfied with that.”
recollection of Southern Gospel Music was when his dad took him to the
Trail of Tears Gospel Singing. He commented, “I was only five or
six years old, and I loved to hear Indians singing. They were some
of the best musicians. They would sing until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and
it was awesome.” When I asked him who had the greatest influence
on his life and ministry, he replied, “The Inspirations. Their longevity
in Southern Gospel Music and the stand they take set high standards.
They also have some great songs.”
Donna, is one of the groups’ vocalists. She said that the most wonderful
days of her life are when her kids were born and the day she got saved.
She said that the song, “Praise His Name,” had been an encouragement to
her through the most difficult times in her life. She also wanted
to include a word of encouragement to anyone who is in need of hope.
“When you see God do great things, it will spoil you. But when it’s
not happening, you will feel like you’re backing up.” This is so
true. Just keep your eyes on Jesus and you will never be disappointed.
As the youngest
member of the group, Stephanie is the featured vocalist on most songs and
she accompanies the group on the mandolin. She has also written some
of their most requested songs, including “Imagine With Me” and “Hold Me,
Lord” (co-written by her grandmother, Sue Hedrick). In reply to a
question that concerned her aspirations, she said, “I want there to be
some child or person that I have influenced through my singing and mandolin
playing. I want to see one soul or life touched in some way.”
Jeremy is the
second youngest member of the group and he is also one of the group’s vocalists.
He accompanies the group on the acoustic guitar during their appearances,
and he also plays the bass guitar and mandolin. As a high school
graduate, he has no plans for college, except some possible business classes.
He said, “Right now, I’m doing what I’ve always wanted, and I’m tickled
to be doing it.” How does he define the music that he and his family
sing? “I define Southern Gospel as God’s message through music.”
He also sent a message to all of the groups in Southern Gospel Music.
“Quit copping out and let young pickers play, instead of getting rid of
Doug Baker is
the keyboardist for the group, and hails from Calhoun, Georgia, which is
a two-hour commute to the groups’ hometown. Since learning to play
the piano at age eleven, he has earned a minor in music and a major in
economics. He currently works as the office manager for a funeral
home three days a week.
to hear about another’s embarrassing moment. So, this article would
not be complete without a humorous moment from The Jody Brown Indian Family.
Soon after Doug started with the group, Stephanie fixed eggs for everyone.
Sounds harmless, doesn’t it? Well, the eggs had cheese in them and
Doug is allergic to cheese. However, Stephanie forgot to tell him.
So, he ate the eggs. Needless to say, Stephanie soon remembered his
allergy and now this incident is one of their most unforgettable and embarrassing
In a conversation
regarding family time on the road and at home, Donna and Jody made the
following comments. “We live a normal life, although we are forced
to bond seven days a week. On the road life is still family life.
When we’re at home, we like to go golfing, bowling, and to the movies.
Donna and Stephanie also enjoy shopping, but Doug could out shop almost
anybody.” Stephanie said, “We like to be together at home and on
the bus.” Jody finished by saying, “Everything we do is a big ordeal.
We wouldn’t get to go to historic places and other places without being
As members of
the younger generation of Southern Gospel Music, I asked Stephanie, Jeremy,
and Doug what advice they would like to give to other young aspiring artists.
Jeremy answered, “If it’s not of God, don’t do it. Ask yourself this
question.” Doug added by saying, “Practice, Perseverance, and Prayer.”
Stephanie said, “Work hard and keep God in the center of it all.”
The Jody Brown
Indian Family is definitely gaining the attention of the Southern Gospel
Music Industry and fans alike. In September of 2000, they were nominated
for the Singing News Magazine Horizon Group Fan Award. Their latest
recordings are entitled, “Just Blessed” and “On the Warpath - Live.“
Jeremy and Stephanie also have a new recording entitled, “Out Front,” which
features the song “Patching It Up.”
Jody Brown and
his family are dear friends of mine and I know that they live what they
sing. They have their hearts and minds set on Christ and they are
not afraid to let their salvation be known to the world. In fact,
spreading the Gospel is their number one goal. The Jody Brown Indian
Family strives to keep God in the center of their life, and they are “Simply
Favorite Song: The Third Man
Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Favorite Book: Twice Pardon
Favorite Hobby: Golf
Favorite Soloist: Karen Peck
Dream Vacation: Hawaii and All Oceans
Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 66
Favorite Restaurant: Harbor Inn (Asheville, NC)
Favorite Website: www.marklowry.com
Favorite Songwriter: Rodney Griffin
Favorite Hobby: hiking
Favorite Animal: Cheetah
Favorite Website: www.busforsale.com
Favorite Musicians: Sean Watkins and Roger Fortner
Favorite Hobby: Watching old comedy videos
Favorite Food: Grits
Favorite Group: Booth Brothers
Favorite Hobby: Shopping
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 94:19
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