Joyful, uplifting, inspiring, affirmative, exuberant, and universal in its appeal and intention – that is the music of Nona Brown. The message and ministry of this Billboard-charting Gospel/Adult Contemporary singer, pianist, songwriter and producer is abundant with love, faith, rhythm, and wisdom. It is delivered by one of the most persuasive voices in contemporary Gospel. Working with some of the most influential names in entertainment, Nona Brown’s career has been marked by a string of successful experiences, and a powerful desire to incorporate into her music the message of the Lord.
Following the success of “Songs from my Journal Volume 1”, which charted on Billboard’s Gospel Albums Sales ranking #14 the first week, Nona Brown now presents us with the first single from “Songs from my Journal Volume 2”.
The track “Cherish Life” features the sophisticated and soulful voice of Ashling Cole. This inspiring and uplifting song was written for a Tracie Collins Production stage play (in 2014) “Girlfriend Chronicles”.
The stage play chronicled the life of three girlfriends, one of which was trying to tell her friends that she was terminally ill. One of the friends was actually portrayed by Ashling Cole. Now in 2021, Nona invites Ashling to be a featured vocalist at her live recording session, where Ashling showcases the full aptitude of her vocal cords, delivering a performance of immense impact, in both nuanced vocal expression and soul-filling emotion.
A testament not only to the power of faith but also the possibilities of collaboration, “Cherish Life” is a single that preaches not simply to the converted but to all the fans of life itself. With their unerring sense of humanity and their compassionate message, Nona Brown and Ashling Cole will no doubt touch audiences worldwide with this song.
“Cherish Life” has its elevated vocal power atop a masterfully arranged background that makes this song truly stand out. The vocals often escalate to glowing upper registers with the never faltering instrumentation rendered in the most beautiful and dynamic way. The song also finds its strength in the songwriting. Nona Brown digs deep, and forges an infectious chorus, which is certain to sway the masses.
“Cherish Life” ft. Ashling Cole has much to offer in quality. It is heartfelt, genuine and filled with vocal passion, where Nona Brown and Ashling Cole flex all their collective skills, to complete a compelling vision of life:
“We never know what life is gonna throw. Keep your faith in the one above and cherish the ones you love, and treat every day like a special gift, delivered just for you. And be thankful for what you have, and who God gave to you.”
Produced by Byron Williams & Nona Brown, “Cherish Life” ft. Ashling Cole will be released officially on July 14, 2021.
MORE ABOUT NONA BROWN: The San Francisco Bay Area native, Nona Brown has worked with Josh Groban as choir coordinator for his Northern California tour, guest vocalist and composer on three national recordings of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, guest vocalist at Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball and group member of gospel music legend, the late Edwin Hawkins and the New Edwin Hawkins Singers.
Nona was recently appointed as one of the Recording Academy Ambassadors (San Francisco Chapter) for the newly launched Black Music Collective (BMC). In addition to the BMC appointment, Nona was recently elected as Board Member of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy.