From the time of their conception, it was well apparent that The Brown Sisters were born to sing songs that would inspire, touch, and bless the hearts of the listener. JoAnna, Leah, Rachel, and Dorcas are four of six children born to Pastor Thomas and Charlene Brown. Their mother was a very active singer and musician throughout her lifetime in church and their father had a strong singing voice as well. Their father was an avid listener of gospel artists such as the late James Cleveland & Mahalia Jackson, the Richard Smallwood Singers, Commissioned, Andre Crouch, Walter Hawkins, and many more. It is no surprise that the Brown Sisters were singing before they could speak clear sentences. What they discovered very early in life, by singing at home and in church, were that they could make beautiful music together. JoAnna sang tenor, Leah sang soprano and Dorcas sang alto. When Rachel was old enough to sing with the group, she would sing Soprano as well. Through various well-known gospel artists and their parents influence, the sisters' God-given gifts were shaped and developed.
The Brown Sisters learned to appreciate other great music such as classical at a young age from one of their music mentors, Mrs. Edwina Wills. This Methodist Pastor's wife, cellist and school teacher gave them violin and piano lessons free of charge. She also took them to classical music concerts and would inform them of musical performances on the Public Broadcast Station.
In May of 2005, Charlene Brown (also known as “Merry Sunshine”) was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. She lost her battle 3 months later on August 4, 2005. Their mother was happy to see one of her dreams come true before she passed away at the release of The Brown Sisters first cd in 2004 called “Tis So Sweet.” On that recording was one of her favorite songs, 'Wind Beneath My Wings.' Their mom was their greatest fan and instilled many important virtues and principles that have made them who they are today.
The most important thing their parents taught them was to keep God first in their lives; only then would they find true success. Part of that lesson has been lived out through their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and their commitment and loving devotion to their spouses and children. JoAnna currently resides in Atlanta with her husband, Cornelius and 3 children. She is presently the worship leader at her church, writes, arranges and teaches music and is working on her MAT degree. Leah lives in Portland with her husband Les and 3 kids; one of which was born in January of 2008. Dorcas also takes residence in Portland, OR with her husband Jerome and 5 children. She is the music specialist as City Christian Schools, writes music, and arranges music. Rachel also live is Portland near her sister Leah with her husband Vicente and son Vicente II.
Amongst their busy schedules working full-time, being married with children, The Brown Sisters still find time to sing. They opened up for Dr. Maya Angelou at several of her “Unique Lives & Experiences" tour events. They have performed with Saxophonist/Vocalist Patrick Lamb, singer Julianne Johnson-Weiss, Producer/Guitarist Tim Ellis, violinist Aaron Meyer and other well-known Portland artist. They have performed at various conferences, churches, school assemblies, and special events around the Pacific Northwest; and even across the miles they are able to keep their musical melodies alive!