Anastasia Brown - Judge
WHAT'S ON ANASTASIA'S PLAYLIST?
Anastasia Brown started her music career as Miles Copeland's partner and director of operations for Firstars Nashville and proceeded to discover, develop and secure record deals (Warner Brothers and later Capitol) and the agency (CAA) for current CMA Entertainer of the Year, CMA Male Vocalist, ACM Male Vocalist, Grammy nominated, and multi-platinum artist, Keith Urban.
She also worked with artists ranging from Sting, Peter Frampton, John Berry and Junior Brown. As VP of A&R for Ark 21 Nashville, Anastasia served as executive producer for Waylon Jennings' Closing In On The Fire, securing guest artists Sting, Sheryl Crow and Mark Knopfler as well as Leon Russell's Legend In My Time with guest artists Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart and The Oakridge Boys. She also worked on compilation records such as the Christmas album, Mother & Child (Martina McBride, Cece Winans, Amy Grant, Olivia Newton-John, Belinda Carlisle;) and the tribute record to Hank Marvin and The Shadows Twang, (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Peter Frampton, Keith Urban, Stewart Copeland.)
On the publishing front, Anastasia coordinated and "cast" songwriters for their infamous international songwriting retreat, "Printemps Les Troubadours," held at Miles' 14th century castle in the south of France. Hits by Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi, Aaron Tippin, Jars of Clay and Toby Keith were generated from this event. Artists who have attended range from Cher, Carole King, Ted Nugent, Jeff Beck, Jon Bon Jovi and Keith Urban.
After making her mark in the Nashville music industry, Anastasia expanded her horizons serving as music supervisor on the Sci-Fi network, Steven Spielberg and Leslie Bohem produced, winner of 2003 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries and Golden Globe nominated, "Taken." As executive producer, she secured the "Taken" soundtrack record deal featuring an original recording by Emmylou Harris and music from Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Brenda Lee and, Buddy Miller to name a few.
With numerous projects under her belt, Anastasia is now partnered with movie producer Eric Geadelmann in 821 Entertainment Group, a media holding company with assets in film, music and digital media technologies. As President of 821 Entertainment Group, Anastasia spearheads the company's music supervisory, programming and soundtrack projects. She has recently served as a co-music supervisor on the Quentin Tarantino produced/Miramax feature, "Daltry Calhoun" starring Johnny Knoxville, Elizabeth Banks and Juliette Lewis.
Anastasia is currently in the midst of the Warner Brothers Pictures' feature, "August Rush" (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys-Myers, Keri Russell, Freddie Highmore, Terrance Howard) currently in post-production and just begun work on New Regency's "Dallas" (John Travolta, Luke Wilson,) New Line Cinema's "Paper Wings" (with director Charles Stone) and Warner Brother Pictures' "The Gift" (with director Chris Cane.) In addition to her music supervisory and soundtrack work, Anastasia is expanding into producing feature films as she is attached to either co-produce or music supervise several projects in pre-production with A-list elements and strong music orientation: HANK (along with producer Marc Abraham,) and the Universal picture with the working title, THE DANCE (Nic Cage, 50 Cent.)
Given her strong track record in the overall creation and development of music and artists, producers of USA Network's "Nashville Star" tapped Anastasia to be the hard-hitting judge the past two seasons. As the "expert," she helped the show achieve its highest ratings both years since its inception, demonstrating that even in a new format she was able to discover and develop new artists and quality music.
Recognized as a music industry insider, Anastasia's attachment to projects provides immediate credibility, unique expertise and direct relationships with the highest regarded songwriters, artists, musicians and producers. As style and music contributing editor for Country Weekly, Anastasia sets industry trends and is regularly interviewed by CMT, GAC, E!, Esquire, MTV and CNN and has also been featured in Esquire, Vogue, USA Today, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and NY Times. In the end, for this media and entertainment entrepreneur, music and Nashville is what it's all about.
FUN FACTS ON ANASTASIA BROWN
Which artist would you most like to perform a duet with?
Ha! I don't think she would appreciate this, but I would love to sing with Carly Simon. She helped me through the confusing teenage years and I would absolutely float if I had a chance to sing with her (while she fainted from excessive ear bleeds.)
The craziest or most daring thing I have ever done...
Sing harmony for George Strait, Randy Owen, Ronnie Dunn, Pat Green, Lee Ann Womack and Tony Brown just last month. (Thankfully, in the privacy of my home.)
What three things couldn't you live without?
Family, friends and my faith.
What is your favorite food?
The kind that I don't have to cook! Ha! I love going out to eat and trying new things.
What would your dream vacation be?
I'd love to be able to take my family and best friends on a private yacht anywhere with great scuba diving & deep sea fishing, jet skis available for all, an amazing chef & bartender, plus a piano, guitars & disco ball on deck! A two-week trip with my favorite people in the world would be heavenly. I've never taken a vacation that long ... woo hoo ... that is a fantasy for sure!
What is the first album you ever purchased?
KISS, "Rock and Roll Over," and Johnny Cash, "At Folsom Prison and San Quentin." (I saved enough money to buy TWO records. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I stared at the album covers and listened to them for hours.)
Who is your hero?
I have two: my mom and dad. They've been married for 40+ years, still madly in love, my spiritual mentors and the rock of our complicated family.
What is your secret talent?
Dancing ... I LOVE to dance -- not sure how talented I am at it, but I'll do it any chance I get!
What are you afraid of?
Being confined. Whether it be in my career, physically or mentally ... if I'm told that it can't be done, my blood starts to move a bit faster. Or the thought of losing my health where I'm physically limited is frightening. Or being around a person who is a wing-clipper or verbally abusive can crush the human spirit, and I know first-hand just how scary that can be.
The Last Thing That Made Me Laugh Out Loud Was...
When my 13-year-old son said to me, "Mom, have you ever thought that you were born in the wrong decade?"
I replied, "Nope, why?"
Wilson answered, "All the music I love came out in the 60's and 70's, and they just aren't making music today like they use to so I was robbed of so many amazing concerts!"
I belly laughed ... way out loud.
To learn more about Anastasia, visit her at www.821entertainment.com.