Angela Carole Brown

Novelist, Musician, and Artist in Los Angeles, California

Angela Carole Brown

Novelist, Musician, and Artist in Los Angeles, California

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I'm a Los Angeles-based writer and veteran vocalist, making my living in music for the better part of three decades. When it comes to books, then, I guess it seems only fitting that my first literary release would be a tale of music, one that sets itself on a single day in the life of 4 musicians.

TRADING FOURS was published in 2006, and has been called "a Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for musicians," has been featured on KPFK's Arts in Review and KUCI's Blacklisted, given honorable mention in Music Connection Magazine, and featured in the Ejazznews article "Jazz Encounters of the Literary Kind."

My sophomore effort, THE ASSASSINATION OF GABRIEL CHAMPION, is an existential love story set against the backdrop of the rarely depicted LA art scene, exploring themes of violence and redemption. Setting its stage in the diverse boroughs of pre-Millennial LA, and climaxing in the feverish streets of Paris, CHAMPION is a kaleidoscope of violent mood and memory, a meditation on art and artists, and an atmospheric, sometimes brutal parable on the nature of love, which asks the question: what can we forgive?

On July 22, 2008 I successfully donated a kidney to Hans San Juan at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, during quite possibly the most profound spell of depression I have ever experienced. My first effort as a memoirist, THE KIDNEY JOURNALS: MEMOIRS OF A DESPERATE LIFESAVER, takes on my own dark times and the surprising leaps of faith it sometimes takes to be delivered, as it depicts a life-altering adventure that turned out to save not one life, but two.

Lastly, I write the blog Bindi Girl Chronicles, which is my space for telling stories, exploring the creative process, and courting the marvelous caves of self-discovery.

As a singer and songsmith, I've recorded several CDs, and am presently the lead singer in the genre-obliterating Elvis Schoenberg's Orchestre Surreal, which is a recipient of the Los Angeles Music & Media Award for Best Rock Opera.

Though I still make music for my living, today I am also a voice in American letters. And I hope you'll check out my writing.