Brown, a native of Southport, N.C., grew up with music all around her. "We sang bluegrass and old hymns at reunions and festivals in eastern Kentucky," she said. "At home we sang Mom's original songs."
Brown learned her first guitar chords from her sister at age 11 and she wrote her first song when she was 13 while watching news coverage of the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
"I especially love story songs," she said, "songs that inspire spiritualism and patriotism, songs of drama and tragedy, as well as songs of everyday life." In 1993, Brown rededicated her life to Christ and decided to focus her music on Christian themes.
In her concerts, Brown plays guitar and occasionally uses prerecorded orchestrated tracks as backing. "And sometimes," she said, "I just bust out in an a capella number because I've forgotten the chords."
Brown's Palm Sunday concert will begin at 4 p.m. Admission is free. For further information, call 252-749-3228.