Vanessa Brown has been described with such words as "dynamic", "versatile", "outstanding" and "impressive". As one of a handful of professional female percussionists, she makes quite a striking impression in any performance medium. Vanessa is not only a percussionist, but also a set drummer, violinist, vocalist, music proofreader and music librarian.
Vanessa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of U.C.L.A. with a B.A. degree in Music Performance, specializing in Percussion.
Her career has taken her all over the world. Vanessa has performed with such artists as Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Della Reese, Dionne Warwick, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Charles Aznavour, Shirley Bassey, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Holliday, Frank Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra Jr., and Sammy Davis Jr. She has been involved with many musical theater productions (Hairspray, The Lion King, Dreamgirls), television shows and specials (American Idol, Arista Records' 25th, Ebony Magazine's 50th, AFI 100's, America's Millennium), award shows (Emmy, Grammy, American Music, Essence NAACP Image, People's Choice, Billboard), stage shows (The Colors of Christmas, Best of Broadway), films (Love!Valor!Compassion!, La Bamba), and recordings (Barry Manilow, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Della Reese, Ami Rushes, Beverly Crawford). Vanessa toured for ten years performing all over the world with Barry Manilow and with Shirley MacLaine.
She currently works as an independent musician in Los Angeles and is still involved with her church, award shows, studio recordings, theater, television shows and specials. Vanessa just completed a three-month run with "The Color Purple" in Los Angeles and has just started her 6th season as percussionist for the ABC hit television show, "Dancing WithThe Stars". She also performs with Natalie Cole, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Jennifer Holliday and Della Reese.