Once upon a time, a little girl called Bec Brown grew up on a farm, deep in the mid-North of South Australia.
Bec Brown had three loves;
- Reading anything and everything – Encyclopaedias, Enid Blyton tomes, newspapers, her sister’s Trixie Belden books, her Dad’s Readers Digest magazines, her own Sweet Valley High or The Babysitters Club novels or just the back of the Cornflakes box*
- Sport (athletics and tennis in summer, netball and AFL in winter)
- Endlessly singing and dancing along to every musical theatre video she could lay her hands on
Bec Brown was an accident prone kid so when sporting injuries made her focus on music, she packed her bags and went to finish her education in Adelaide at a special interest music high school. From there it was on to study classical voice at the Elder Conservatorium where she earned her Bachelor of Music.
Then a young grown-up, Bec Brown tripped around Australia and Europe singing in operas, cover bands, cabaret shows, in clubs with DJs and with her own jazz band.
After three months working on a reality TV show on an island in Fiji, Bec Brown landed in Sydney in 2004 and decided two things;
- She was really a better lark than an owl and, unless she wanted a career of matinee performances, it was time to take a break from the stage
- She loved to read, investigate, question, problem-solve and write so thought public relations may be her next calling
A Media and Communications Graduate Diploma later, Bec Brown spent several fun and challenging years working on exciting projects in the finance, FMCG and beauty industries. A foray into children’s entertainment with her rockband Kids4Life also kept her highly amused (and very fit. You should try jumping around performing to kids for a few hours a day, five days a week.)
One day a magical opportunity came her way.
The combination of music and publicity was so serendipitous that she accepted immediately and, for almost five years, worked as the Senior National Publicity & Promotions Manager for a huge international record company.
This meant managing the artist relations, schedules and publicity for a roster of diverse, interesting and talented artists like Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Chris Isaak, Sting, Annie Lennox and Macy Gray.
Then there were the classical stars like Andre Rieu, Cecilia Bartoli, Hayley Westenra, Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo and her beloved jazz-cats like Rufus Wainwright, Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti, Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux.
She’s worked with incredible Australian artists too, including James Morrison, The Idea of North, Katie Noonan, Marcia Hines, Melinda Schneider, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and David Hobson and she also managed the publicity for the back catalogue albums for stars like The Rolling Stones, U2, INXS, Queen, The Who, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and more.
Proof that life never stands still, March 2012 brought forth an exciting and shiny new venture in the world of PR with the birth of Bec Brown Communications, a public relations company focussing on publicity, media training and events.
Bec and her small team of publicists and event technicians are based in Sydney but work globally and specialise in entertainment and lifestyle brands – record companies, musicians, tours, destinations and more.
Bec and her team currently work with great clients including ABC For Kids, Australian Radio Network, Bliss Sanctuary For Women, Sony Music, Universal Music, The Wiggles and more.
In her downtime, Bec Brown spends a lot of time with friends, on the phone to family, is attempting to finish writing a novel, sleeps as much as possible and keeps sane with plenty of running, swimming and yoga (mostly to work off all the treats she loves to cook up in the kitchen).
* An unfortunate incident at age eight involving cornflakes and travel sickness has resulted in Bec Brown never being able to eat cornflakes again
** To her amazement, Bec Brown was also swept off her feet and married her Prince Charming. They live at the beach in Sydney with their anti-social cat Ruby