You’re going to love Home Free as they entertain audiences from around the globe with high energy peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.
Matthew “Austin” Brown was born in a small town in South Georgia. His friends call him Austin and so should you. As a child, when he wasn’t touring on the road with his father in the Southern Gospel music industry, he was at home on a peanut farm growing up in the country. In high school he uncovered a love of musicals born from a childhood filled with Disney movies and old movies like “Singin in the Rain” or “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He went on to attend Oklahoma City University studying Music Theatre. Austin has always had a passion for a cappella music, sparked in his childhood being among so many great quartets on the road. So naturally he began arranging and organizing a cappella groups throughout his college years. Austin has performed professionally in Branson, Oklahoma City, as well as in Disney World with the seasoned and highly acclaimed group The Voices of Liberty. During this time he was also swept up by Royal Caribbean to travel the world and perform in their production casts as a featured entertainer, where he met the guys in Home Free. One thing lead to another, and here he is for your entertainment, and loving every minute of it!
For some it takes one experience to form an obsession. For Rob, that was his first musical performance his junior year in high school – “Man of La Mancha.” Ah yes, Park Center High School, Brooklyn Park, MN. That’s where it all began. Rob got hooked and has been addicted to singing and performing ever since. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth to study vocal performance. Though he was trained classically, Rob continued to be drawn to singing in a vocal jazz group and performing musical theater repertoire. So after graduating from UMD with a B.A. in Music (and a minor in Political Science for backup), Rob began singing in the a cappella group Four Shadow. When the group retired, Rob had about a second to breathe he was nabbed by Home Free to be one of their tenors. Outside of Home Free, Rob feeds his addiction by serving as a bartender at the famous Guthrie Theatre…. addiction to theatre and music that is!
You might recognize him from his stylish hairstyle – or lack thereof! And though baldness doesn’t run in the family, musical talent sure does. With a love for a capella in grade school, Chris grew up studying and experimenting with the complicated beauty of harmonization. High school wasn’t about to hold him back and at 16 he began his professional music career. Chris continued his studies at Gustavus Adolphus College and than Mankato State University where he graduated with a degree in music performance, with an emphasis in vocal and piano (did we mention he’s an amazing pianist too?) Since then, Chris has been teaching privately and traveling all over the world as the musical director and baritone for Home Free. His compositions and arrangements have won many awards and you may have heard a jingle or two of his on the radio or TV. Outside of Home Free, Chris is usually thinking about music – or video games. In fact, he actually used to work for Microsoft as a video game designer. But music was more enticing that getting paid to play video games all day. Go figure!
Tim grew up in Nederland, Texas with a penchant for songwriting and singing at an early age. In high school he performed and studied classical music extensively and although he studied at Lamar University for a couple of years as a predental major, his inner musician eventually took over. Tim left school and joined an a cappella group out of Minneapolis called Blue Jupiter where his first original song was debuted and recorded on the album Ear Candy. Tim also produced his own solo country album, check it out on iTunes
How does one become so amazingly talented at producing a vast array of rhythmic oscillations from the mere shallows of one’s throat and lips? Perhaps by perfecting the art of trumpeting first! Adam began playing the trumpet at a young age and went on to graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with a music performance degree in trumpet. Those techniques naturally translated into the extraordinary beat-boxing skills he utilizes now as one of the Midwest’s best vocal percussionists. Adam carries first place vocal percussionist titles from both the Denver and Chicago National Harmony Sweepstakes, and uses this unique skills Home Free musical outreach and educational programs that includes an entire workshop dedicated to teaching the art of vocal percussion. Outside of Home Free, Adam still enjoys playing the trumpet with various bands on a weekly basis – and filling in on the bass guitar, drums and keys as needed. Yeah, this guy’s musical talent is pretty much limitless!