From Aaron Parnell Brown

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Who Is The Tin Man?

“The Tin Man, reflects the changes in my life over the last several years. As in the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man found that he always had a heart, but it was just rusty…through the success of my last album, I’ve found where I need to be. I was lost in many ways, but now I’ve found the love and purpose in my life to give my music greater meaning.”

~ Aaron Parnell Brown

Brown’s bold sensitivity as a vocalist and performer has garnered him favorable comparisons to Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend. The Philadelphia-based artist draws from his hometown’s distinguished heritage of Philly Soul, while at the same time incorporating influences from great songwriters such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, and Al Kooper. His captivating solo acoustic performances and incendiary full-band outings have helped him build an impressive profile among audiences and critics alike. The past few years have seen Brown win the 2014 Soul Artist of the Year Award in Philadelphia, win an Independent Music Award for his song “A Beating Heart,” and kick-off WXPN's acclaimed XPoNential Festival featuring artists such as Lake Street Dive, Dr. John, and Jose James.


  • Winner in the R&B Category, PHL Live Center Stage, 2014
  • Soul/R&B Artist Of The Year Winner, 3rd Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards, February 2014
  • WXPN XPonential Festival Marina Stage, 2013
  • 2013 Artist to Watch, Ticket Magazine/Montgomery Media, December 2012
  • Soul/R&B Artist Of The Year Nominee, 2nd Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards, February 2012
  • 10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012, NPR Music, December 2012
  • Independent Music Award Winner in the Adult Contemporary Song category, 2012
  • WXPN Stage, 51st Philadelphia Folk Festival, 2012
  • Song “ Don’t Cry” from Sing played in regular rotation at WXPN 88.5 (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Favorite Songs of 2012 “By My Side,” Philadelphia City Paper, December 2012
  • Independent Music Award Finalist in the Jam Album Category (w/ Alien Red), 2007
  • Independent Music Award Finalist in the Jam Song Category (w/ Alien Red), 2006
  • Featured in Relix Magazine (w/ Alien Red), July 2006 Compilation CD