The Phirejets Support The Colorado Symphony Play On Recovery Fund with New Single “My Superstar”


Sales and streams of the new music single My Superstar by The Phirejets supporting the Colorado Symphony #PlayOn Recovery Fund

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, March 5, 2021 / — It may be a new year, but the COVID crisis of 2020 is still being felt deeply by so many performers who are unable to ply their craft for audiences until it is safe again. From local bands to broadway, musicians are saddled with mounting debt and worried about whether they will be able to make a living in music anytime soon.

It is no different for orchestra and symphony musicians who have spent a lifetime in pursuit of mastering their instruments and performing the world’s best compositions for audiences worldwide.

In an effort to help support the world-class musicians of the Colorado Symphony until they can fill Boettcher Hall again, The Phirejets –a Denver-based rock band– is leading an effort to support the Colorado Symphony Play On Recovery Fund.

All proceeds from the band’s new single, “My Superstar,” (releasing March 5th, 2021 on all digital platforms as well as Bandcamp and iTunes for purchase) will be directed to the Play On Recovery Fund.

“As an enthusiastic annual supporter of the Colorado Symphony, I wanted to find a way to support the #PlayOn initiative. My dream was to directly hire and include some of the members in my latest recording project for the album, Cosmos,” said Phil Beaver, pianist and Executive Producer of The Phirejets. “The song ‘My Superstar’ was perfectly suited for a rich arrangement that could really shine with the best musicians in Colorado.”

Featuring select members of the award-winning Colorado Symphony, including Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams on solo violin and Denver’s “Queen of Blues” Erica Brown on vocals, the band’s new single being released March 5th– “My Superstar” – was recorded at Avalanche Studios in Denver. A classical and bold arrangement accented by romantic lyrics of love and longing while gazing at the stars.

Produced by Stu Miller, Philip Beaver. Arranged by Stu Miller, Philip Beaver. Engineered by Stu Miller, Dalton Monroe. Mixed by Stu Miller. Erica Brown – Vocals, Phil Beaver – Guitar, Yumi Hwang-Williams – Solo Violin, Miroslava Ivanchenko-Bartels – Violin, Basil Vendryes – Viola, Leah Kovach- Viola, Charlyn Campbell – Viola, Justin, Bartells – Trumpet, Brook Ferguson- Flute, Seoyoen Min – Cello, Rachel Ellins-Iozzia – Harp.

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March 05, 2021, 08:03 GMT

Erica Brown featured in newest Chicken Soup for the Soul!


Erica Brown has been selected for a chapter in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, entitled “I’m Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope”. Erica’s story was selected from thousands of entries, and she is thrilled to be included, and now a member of the Chicken Soup Family! The book will be on sale June 1, 2021 at bookstores nationwide, and at the Chicken Soup website,

Congrats Erica!!


Blues queen Erica Brown on taking care of our veterans

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Erica Brown and Theo Wilson in ‘Honorable Disorder.’ Photo by Celia Herrera/URBN Brands.

The new Emancipation Theater tackles the difficult issue of how we support our veterans when they return from war

Erica Brown, who has been called “Colorado’s Queen of the Blues,” plays Nancy Foster, mother of a Denver military veteran struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the new play Honorable Disorder. This is the inaugural production by the new Emancipation Theater Company, and is being hosted at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre. Brown, namesake of the former Erica Brown Band, has worked with some of the finest artists in the world, including B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal and, most recently, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd and the Monsters

  • Dan-Treanor-Erica-Brown-Steve-Mack-Photo-01-02-2013-International-Blues-Challenge-Finals-Orpheum-Theatre-Memphis-TNHometownSikeston, Mo.
  • Home now: Denver
  • Training: Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix
  • What’s your handle? @ericabrownenter on Twitter and @ericabrownentertainment on Instagram
  • Website: (photo at right by Steve Mack)
  • Twitter-sized bio: Nerdy girl who loves the blues, history, reading, African-American science fiction and romance — and her family.
  • One role you were completely miscast for: Hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been uniquely suited to every role I’ve played so far. 
  • Bucket-list role: It doesn’t exist: I’d love to play a lead role as a magical teacher-mentor — who also just happens to be a witch or a sorceress —  -n a Harry Potter-style stage play with black characters fighting the forces of evil in America. Black women are not heralded enough for their lives as wise women, crones, witches and Curandera in American theatre and film, and such a production has never been put on, as far as I know.   
  • Big Mama ThorntonWhat’s playing on your Spotify? Any old guard blues woman such as Koko TaylorBig Mama Thornton (pictured right)Memphis Minnie (or Erica Brown )
  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? One of my original passions in life was to be a librarian, because I so love history. I would have made a great museum curator. I love old things.
  • One time you saw greatness play out in front of you: When my truly stage-frightened daughter stepped up to the musical plate and slayed an audience of 6,000 people singing at her first real gig — at the Telluride Blues Festival!
  • One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers? Let’s engage them in difficult conversations through theatre. Our play Honorable Disorder has strong language and situations, but we should not necessarily shelter our youth from the realities of life. One of our attendees last weekend was a young teenager, and she absolutely loved and understood everything about our play.
  • What is Honorable Disorder all about? Honorable Disorder, written by pioneering local hip-hop and spoken-word artist Jeff Campbell, tells the story of DeShawn Foster, a native of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and a veteran of  Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following the loss of his commanding officer and father figure, DeShawn struggles to hold on to his “Soldier’s Creed” back home in Denver.
  • Why does Honorable Disorder matter? Because we are tackling the difficult issue of how we support our veterans when they return from war. It also explores the difficulties the families of returning servicemen and women face, and the scarcity of support they receive. We also talk about and portray homelessness, drug addiction and poverty. These are important conversations that should be at the forefront of how we care for and about ourselves as a nation.
  • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing Honorable Disorder? A sincere desire to go back into their communities and make real change happen for our vets and their families and support systems. The conversations and help must be real and ongoing. They’ve been there for us, now it’s time for us to step up and care for them.
  • What do you want to get off your chest? Let’s all just try to love each other without anger, rancor and violence, please.  We can do it!

 Honorable Disorder Erica Brown Devon James Photo by Celia HerreraURBN BrandsDenver Center Teaching Artist Devon James, left, and Erica Brown in ‘Honorable Disorder.’ Photo by Celia Herrera/URBN Brands.

Honorable Disorder: Ticket information

  • Presented by Emancipation Theater Company
  • Written and directed by Jeff Campbell
  • Performances through April 29
  • At Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West
  • Tickets at
    or email

Remaining performances:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, April 20
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21
  • 6 p.m., Sunday, April 22
  • 8 p.m., Friday, April 27
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28
  • 6 p.m., Sunday, April 29

Cast list:

  • Theo Wilson, Erica Brown, Chet W. Sisk, Corey Rhoads and Devon James

Erica cuts music for Grammy Winner Bobby Rush Project!!

Erica with Bobby Rush

Carl Gustafson and Bobby Rush

Erica was contacted by Grammy-nominated Bluesman Carl Gustafson, (Blinddog Smokin’ Blues Band) and was asked to contribute vocals to a project he was producing, along with 2017 and 2021 Grammy Winner in Traditional Blues, Blues Man Bobby Rush.  That project has blossomed into the epic music novel “Rush Through History”, the story of Rush’s family, the Ellis Family. Along with Rush on harmonica, other musicians on the project include Blues Woman Teeny Tucker (daughter of Tommy Tucker, writer of the 1963 Hit “Hi Heel Sneakers”), Ms. Tata Vega (the “musical voice” of the character “Shug” in the movie The Color Purple), gospel vocalist Linda McCrary, vocalist Natalie Cadet, famed gospel, rock, blues, jazz and funk B-3 organist Cory Henry, along with Mississippi Hill Country blues (and sons of R.L. Burnside) brothers Gary and Duwayne Burnside, Blues Guitar master Lightnin’ Malcolm, African Folklorist and master Djembe player Weedie Braimah, Cuban drummer Pedrito Martinez, and guitarist George Dez.   For more information on the project, go here:  


Erica’s Photo featured in Smithsonian Magazine!!

Smithsonian magazine

In January 2016, Erica attended and Co-Emceed the National Women in Blues Celebration in Memphis, TN as a part of the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge Week. While there, superstar photographer Danny Clinch (along with Journalist Toure’) was photographing the event for a Smithsonian Magazine article on the Blues, and asked Erica if he could take her photo.  She agreed, and out of that short photo session, one of those photos has emerged as the two-page splash for the September 2016 article, “Black and Blues” as part of the Black In America series, written by Toure’.  We send our thanks to Michele Seidman, CEO of National Women In Blues for the opportunity to be a part of the celebration, Danny Clinch for the stunning photo, Toure’ for the wonderful article, and of course, Smithsonian Magazine!