Vocalist Keisa Brown was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1947. As a young girl she and her family moved to Chicago, where she got her start singing in school and church choirs. In her 20s her powerful voice caught the ear of a music producer at a talent show, and afterwards she relocated to Los Angeles to further her career.
In 1999 Brown joined the Malaco Records roster, where she again collaborated with Frederick Knight on The Keisa Brown Collection. A showcase for her rich, assured alto, the compilation album collected some of her best-known songs, such as I’ve Been Lonely for So Long, I Betcha Didn’t Know That and Some Bridges Need Burning alongside new material like Fly on the Wall. Knight produced the recording and composed most of the songs, while Fly on the Wall was co-written by Knight with Brown.
Keisa Brown died on November 18, 2006. She was 59.
—Brett J. Bonner