Female gospel quartet, the Brown Singers, were formed in Memphis, Tennessee in the late '70s by Willie Mae Richmond (whose maiden name was Brown). The group quickly garnered a following for their beautiful and energetic vocal performances. Richmond's granddaughter, Lisa Knowles-Smith, joined the quartet when she was nine years old, and by the time she turned 12, she was the lead singer. The Knowles-Smith led version of the quartet performed with the same flair and soulful sound as the original group, but added more of a modern and contemporary flavor to the mix. The group’s debut national album, Experience the Evolution - Live, was released in 2008, and was nominated for 2 Stellar Awards.
In 2014, The Brown Singers released their second national project entitled The Evolution Continues, debuting #6 on the Gospel Billboard charts. In 2015, the group won 2 Stellar Awards for Quartet of The Year and Traditional Group/Duo of The Year.
Following the group's wins, Lisa Knowles-Smith stepped out on faith and started her own record label "EvoWorld Music Group, LLC". The group’s third nation album, Evolution: The Legacy, which was also produced by Lisa, was released under the label in 2016.
In 2016, after 40 years of singing, The Brown Singers decided to shift focus from celebrating their Homecoming Weekend to using the platform they gained over the years to support Lisa’s mom, Vanessa, who is a Breast Cancer Survivor and the only original Brown Singer still with the group. They launched Survivor Fest and all proceeds are used to bless people who are actively battling cancer.
Admission to FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS is FREE! First-Access Passes, which give guests early access to general admission seating, can be reserved online or by calling the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office. There is a 4 pass limit per guest. Visit here, to join the Arsht Center email list and be among the first to be notified when passes for this and other Free Gospel Sundays will be made available.
Guests without a First-Access Pass are always invited to join the stand-by line*.
*Details about First-Access Passes and the Standby Line
Free Gospel Sundays is a very popular series and, occasionally, First-Access Passes are fully reserved. We do our best to accommodate all our guests in the standby line including those without a pass – and we usually can!
First-Access Passes do not guarantee admission. There is a 4 pass limit per guest. First-Access Passes give guests access to seats beginning one hour prior to curtain and seating is “first come, first admitted” for the performance. First-Access Passes expire 15 minutes prior to show time.
Guests without a First-Access Pass, and any Pass holders who arrive after 4:15 p.m., are invited to join the standby line beginning at 3:30 p.m. Guests in the standby line will be seated beginning at 4:15 p.m. - if seats are still available.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a variety of pre-show activities and giveaways before each performance.