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Jocelyn Lorette Brown (born November 25, 1950),[1][2] sometimes credited as Jocelyn Shaw, is an American R&B and dance singer.[1][2] Although she has only one Billboard Hot 100 chart entry solely in her name,[3] she has an extensive background in the music industry and is well known in the world of dance music. Brown sang on 23 hit singles from the Official UK Singles Chart, 8 of which have reached the top 20.[4]

Jocelyn Brown
Birth nameJocelyn Lorette Brown
Also known asJocelyn Shaw
Born (1950-11-25) November 25, 1950 (age 71)[1][2]
Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Disco
  • house
  • R&B
  • dance
  • soul
  • gospel
  • pop
  • New jack swing
  • funk
  • acid jazz
  • nu jazz
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active1973–present
  • U.L.M.
  • 4th & Broadway
  • Vinyl Dreams
  • Salsoul Records
  • Malaco
  • Warner Bros.
  • Arista


Early life

Brown was born on November 25, 1950, in Kinston, North Carolina into a musical family.[1][2] Her aunt, Barbara Roy, was a singer in a female group called 'Ecstasy, Passion and Pain' whilst her mother, two aunts, cousin and grandmother were all accomplished singers. She spent her pre-school years being looked after by her grandmother in Kinston.[1]

However, it was her aunt's musical success which gave her the inspiration to become a singer herself. She began singing with gospel choirs in church in Brooklyn and became a favourite soloist in Washington, D.C. at her uncle's church.[1] She then left the gospel genre for a more secular form of music, singing along with a local band called 'Machine' and New York-based funk and disco group Kleeer.


Brown further developed her musical career in the late 1970s singing on records by studio-created bands like Revanche, Musique, Inner Life, Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes, Cerrone, Bad Girls, Chic, and Change,[2] later singing with the Salsoul Orchestra, Soiree or Dazzle in 1979.

In 1980, she appeared in Bette Midler's concert movie Divine Madness singing backup as a "Harlette" along with Ula Hedwig and Diva Gray.

In 1984, Brown released a number of singles in her own name, including "Somebody Else's Guy" (which she co-wrote and was later re-recorded in 1997 by CeCe Peniston), which reached #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart (#75 on the Hot 100) and became the title track of her first album (a compilation of tracks from her career to date), released that same year.[2] Although she scored another big Dance (and minor R&B) hit two years later with the oft-sampled tune, "Love's Gonna Get You", her solo career never really took off and she continued to sing on other people's records.

She has more than twenty hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, four of which have hit number one (not including two #1 dance hits she had in the late 1970s as a guest vocalist with Patrick Adams' studio band, Musique). She continues to record house music and have chart hits in the 21st century. She toured with Boy George, as a backing vocalist, worldwide with Culture Club in 1985 and appeared on their 1986 album, From Luxury to Heartache. In 1987, she co-wrote with Boy George his top 30 United Kingdom hit, "Keep Me in Mind".

Since 1990, she has lived in London.[1][5] In 1990, the line "I've got the power" was sampled from her 1985 dance hit, "Love's Gonna Get You" by electronica group Snap! for their worldwide hit, "The Power"[5] as well as hip hop group Boogie Down Productions on their single "Love's Gonna Get'cha (Material Love)" and was the basis for the UK top 3 hit "I'm Gonna Get You" by Bizarre Inc. featuring Angie Brown.[2] Brown also appeared on Right Said Fred's smash hit "Don't Talk Just Kiss" and in 1994, she released a duet on "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" with Kym Mazelle.

Brown appeared on both seasons of BBC One's celebrity singing talent show Just the Two of Us;[6] first with TV presenter Matt Allwright (placing sixth), then with actor John Bardon from EastEnders (placing fourth). In 2006, Brown released a CD entitled Unreleased.

In 2007, Brown collaborated with the AllStars both live, at a series of music festivals in the UK, and in the studio recording of their new album, All About the Music. She sang at the funeral of gangster Joey Pyle.[7] She also sang the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", at Wembley Stadium, for the first ever regular season American football game played on foreign soil, between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins.

In 2011, she returned to British reality television, appearing in the second series of Popstar to Operastar, but was voted out in week two, the second of two heats, after being sent home by the judging panel when placed in the bottom two of the public phone vote. She sang a 'gypsy song' from the musical Carmen, well known for its accomplished arias and performances.

In both June 2012 and 2013, Brown appeared at the open air 'Happy Days Festival' held at Imber Court in Esher, Surrey.[1]



Year Album Chart positions
1984 Somebody Else's Guy
1987 One from the Heart 65
1995 Jocelyn's Classic R&B Mastercuts
Jocelyn's Classic Reggae Mastercuts
2006 Unreleased
Circles (Japan only)
2010 True Praise'
"—" denotes the album failed to chart


List of solo and featuring singles with peak chart positions
Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
US 100
US Dance
1978 "Keep On Jumpin'" (vocalist for Musique) 1 81
"In the Bush" (vocalist for Musique) 58 29 16 10
1979 "Walk Before You Run / You Dazzle Me!!!" (vocalist for Dazzle)
"I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)" (vocalist for Inner Life) 7 22
1980 "I Want to Give You Me" (vocalist for Inner Life)
"Sadie (She Smokes)" (Joe Bataan feat. Jocelyn Brown) 33
"It's a Girl's Affair" (vocalist for Change)
1981 "You Are the One" (guest vocalist for Cerrone) 56
"My Look" (guest vocalist for Cerrone)
"Letter to My Mother" (guest vocalist for Cerrone)
"Someone to Love" (guest vocalist for Cerrone)
"Hooked on You" (guest vocalist for Cerrone)
"Cherry Tree" (guest vocalist for Cerrone)
"Took Me So Long" (guest vocalist for Cerrone)
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (vocalist for Inner Life) 20
"(Knock Out) Let's Go Another Round / Live It Up" (vocalist for Inner Life)
"If I Can't Have Your Love" (Jocelyn Brown)
1982 "Take Some Time Out (for Love)" (Salsoul Orchestra feat. Jocelyn Brown) 46
"Moment of My Life" (vocalist for Inner Life) 15
"I Like It Like That" (vocalist for Inner Life) 40
1983 "No Way" (vocalist for Inner Life) 93
1984 "Let's Change It Up" (vocalist for Inner Life)
"Too Through" (Jocelyn Brown with The Bad Girls)
"Hands Off" (Jocelyn Brown) 53
"I'm Gonna Make It to the Top / It's You" (Jocelyn Brown)
"Somebody Else's Guy" (Jocelyn Brown) 75 13 2 13 16 31 33
"I Wish You Would" (Jocelyn Brown) 51 49 51
"Picking Up Promises" (Jocelyn Brown)
"So in Love" (Raven feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1985 "Love's Gonna Get You" (Jocelyn Brown) 1 38 70
1986 "Your Love" (vocalist for Inner Life)
"Got You Dancing" (Karisma feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1987 "Caught in the Act" (Jocelyn Brown) 94
"Whatever Satisfies You" (Jocelyn Brown) 72
"Ego Maniac" (Jocelyn Brown) 5 38 82
1988 "R-U-Lonely" (Jocelyn Brown) 32
1989 "Mysterious" (Phil Edwards feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1990 "Freedom" (Jocelyn Brown) 83
"Feel Like Making Love" (Heatwave feat. Jocelyn Brown) 90 45
"Turn Out the Lights" (Jocelyn Brown & Oliver Cheatham) 70
1991 "Mindbuster" (Jocelyn Brown & Oliver Cheatham)
"Gypsy Rhythm" (Raúl Orellana feat. Jocelyn Brown) 8
"Always There" (vocalist for Incognito)[18] 31 33 6 8 19 25 20 2 48
"Got to Get Away" (Off-Shore feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"I Wanna Know What Love Is" (Jocelyn Brown feat. Voodoo Possee)
"Don't Talk Just Kiss" (Right Said Fred feat. Jocelyn Brown) 76 8 3 7 4 8 2 3 16 5 18
"She Got Soul" (Jamestown feat. Jocelyn Brown) 57 26
1992 "My Sun Will Get You" (Raúl Orellana feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"Take Me Up" (Sonic Surfers feat. Jocelyn Brown) 61 10
"Got Me Dancin" (Charismatic feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1993 "Permanent Love" (Jason Rebello feat. Jocelyn Brown) 81
"Magic Man (Abracadabra)" (KC Flightt feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"Can't Stop the Rhythm" (Masters At Work feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1994 "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (Kym Mazelle & Jocelyn Brown) 13 19 48
"Gimme All Your Lovin'" (Jocelyn Brown & Kym Mazelle) 22
1995 "Black Skinned, Blue Eyed Boy" (B-Project feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1996 "Keep On Jumpin'" (Todd Terry feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown) 1 8 17 56 47 38
1997 "Somethin' Going On" (Todd Terry feat. Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown) 1 5 28 43 93 64
"It's Alright, I Feel It!" (Nuyorican Soul feat. Jocelyn Brown) 3 26
"I Am the Black Gold of the Sun" (Nuyorican Soul feat. Jocelyn Brown) 31
"Special Love" (Jestofunk feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"Happiness" (Kamasutra feat. Jocelyn Brown) 5 45
"Real Man" (Melodie MC feat. Jocelyn Brown) 19
"Give Me Back Your Love" (Melodie MC feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"Embrace the Power" (Melodie MC feat. Jocelyn Brown) 51
"Free" (A.K. Soul feat. Jocelyn Brown)
1998 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (Jocelyn Brown) 36 35
"Fun" (Da Mob feat. Jocelyn Brown) 1 33
"Show You Love" (A.K. Soul feat. Jocelyn Brown) 21 49
1999 "I Believe" (Jamestown feat. Jocelyn Brown)[19] 62
"It's All Good" (Da Mob feat. Jocelyn Brown) 54
"Nights Over Egypt" (Incognito feat. Maysa Leak & Jocelyn Brown) 38 56
"Believe" (Ministers De-La-Funk feat. Jocelyn Brown) 42 24
2000 "Stand Up" (Magic Cucumbers feat. Jocelyn Brown & Connie Harvey)
2001 "Goodlife" (Brown & Brown as Jocelyn Brown & Karl Brown )
2002 "Suspicious" (Stitch feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"I'm a Woman" (Cassius and Jocelyn Brown) 63
"That's How Good Your Love Is" (Il Padrinos feat. Jocelyn Brown) 54
"Monday, Tuesday... Laissez-moi danser"
(2005 remix of Dalida song by Cerrone, samples vocals from Jocelyn Brown)
2003 "A Better World" (AgeHa feat. Jocelyn Brown & Loleatta Holloway)
"Hold Me Up" (Glory feat. Jocelyn Brown)
2004 "Riding on the Wings" (Motiv 8 feat. Jocelyn Brown) 44
2005 "Beautiful Day" (Hardage feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"Sing" (Roni Size feat. Jocelyn Brown)
2007 "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" (Population feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"I Don't Want You Anymore" (Noferini & Kortezman feat. Jocelyn Brown)
"All About the Music" (The AllStars Collective feat. Jocelyn Brown)
2008 "The Lollipop" (Delicious Allstars feat. Jocelyn Brown)
2009 "Love Alibi" (Camboso feat. Jocelyn Brown)
2010 "Set Me Free" (Blame feat. Jocelyn Brown)
2011 "In the Middle" (Jocelyn Brown & Soulpersona)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

See also


  1. "Jocelyn Brown Page". Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  2. Kellman, Andy. "Jocelyn Brown Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  3. "Jocelyn Brown - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  4. "JOCELYN BROWN - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  5. "Dance-music legend Jocelyn Brown on family, music and living in England ahead of St Albans show Soul Box: Back in the Day". St Albans & Harpenden Review. March 18, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  6. Fulton, Rick (November 1, 2013). "Soul singer Jocelyn Brown: I've played with some of the greats but my 1990 Scottish performance was my favourite gig". Daily Record. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  7. "Joey Pyle: A force in London underworld". Surrey Comet. March 15, 2007. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  8. "Inner Life Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  9. "Musique Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  10. "Chart History - DANCE CLUB SONGS". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 9, 2022. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  11. "Chart History - HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 18, 2021. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  12. "MUSIQUE - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  13. "Discographie Jocelyn Brown". Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  14. "Discography Jocelyn Brown". Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  15. "Discografie Jocelyn Brown". (in Dutch). Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  16. "Discographie Jocelyn Brown". (in French). Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  17. "Jocelyn Brown - Somebody Else's Guy". Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  18. "Always There ft Jocelyn Brown - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  19. "JAMESTOWN FEATURING JOCELYN BROWN - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2020.

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