Ian Brown Biography

Ian George Brown is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who was born in the United Kingdom on February 20, 1963. Since the band’s inception in 1983, he has fronted the alternative rock band The Stone Roses as the band’s lead singer. After the band disbanded in 1996, he embarked on a solo career, during which he issued seven studio albums, a compilation of their biggest hits, a remix album, an 11-disc box set named Collection, and 19 singles. He has given solo performances in 45 different countries. [source: missing citation] Although he resumed his singing duties with the Stone Roses in 2011, this did not mark the end of his solo career; on October 25, 2018, First World Problems was released by Virgin/EMI Records. He also continued to pursue other musical endeavors.


Personal life 

Brown was born in Warrington in 1963 and spent his early childhood years on Forster Street in Orford, where he lived until he was approximately six years old. Both of his parents worked in the same workplace; his father, George, was a joiner, and his mother, Jeane, was a receptionist in a paper mill. Following that, he relocated to Sylvan Avenue in Timperley, Altrincham, with his family, who included a brother named Graham and a sister named Sharon. After finishing his time at Park Road County Primary Infant and Junior School, he moved on to Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, which he left when he was 16 years old. He gave testimony against a former teacher at Altrincham Grammar named Fred Talbot, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting students throughout the 1970s. His testimony was given in 2015 and 2017.


The punk movement, and more notably the bands Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Slaughter & the Dogs from Manchester, sparked Brown’s interest in music and pushed him to become a musician. Brown and Pete Garner, the original bassist for the Stone Roses, were present in Manchester for the recording session for the Clash single “Bankrobber.” Brown was married to the Mexican beauty Fabiola Quiroz during their time together. In 2011, they got a divorce. One of his children is with his current partner, Quiroz, while the other two are from relationships he’s had in the past. Brown has been a fan of Manchester United his entire childhood and currently holds a season ticket for the team. Chiswick Homefields, a team playing in the London Commercial Division of football, had Brown as their shirt sponsor for the 2005–2006 season. During that time, the players wore a logo that said “IB – The Greatest” on their chests.


Film and television  

Brown appeared in a cameo capacity in the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was released in 2004, playing the part of a wizard who magically stirred his drink at the Leaky Cauldron while reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. Brown appeared in a cameo capacity as a police officer in the 2010 television series This is England ’86, which was created by Shane Meadow and was based on the film This is England.


Awards and achievements 

In acknowledgment of his achievements as a solo artist and his work with the Stone Roses, Ian Brown has been honored with a number of accolades and magazine polls throughout the course of his career. The following are some of the honors he has received:

The Stone Roses
  • 1997 The Stone Roses reached No. 5 in The Guardian’s 100 Best Albums Ever poll
  • 1998 The Stone Roses reached No. 4 in Q magazine’s 100 Best Albums Ever poll
  • 2004 The Stone Roses reached No. 1 in The Observer’s 100 Best British Albums Ever poll
  • 2006 The Stone Roses reached No. 1 in the NME writers 100 Best British Albums Ever poll
  • 2006 The Stone Roses reached No. 7 in NME fans 100 Best Albums Ever poll
  • 2002 Muso Awards Best Single (“Whispers”)
  • 2002 NME Awards Best Solo Artist 
  • 2006 NME Awards Godlike Genius Award 
  • 2007 Q Awards Legend Award 
  • 1999, 2000,  2002,  2006,  2009   – nominated for Best British Solo Artist at the Brit Awards


In the UK, Ian Brown as solo artist and with the Stone Roses has sold 2.08 million albums. 

Solo albums 


Year Title UK IRL   Certification
1998 Unfinished Monkey Business 4 UK: Gold
1999 Golden Greats 14 UK: Gold
2001 Music of the Spheres 3 6 UK: Gold
2004 Solarized 7 14 UK: Gold
2007 The World Is Yours 4 7 UK: Silver
2009 My Way 8 13 UK: Silver
2019 Ripples 4 14


Year Title UK IRL Certification
2002 Remixes of the Spheres 87


Year Title UK   IRL Certification
2004 Under the Influence
2005 The Greatest 5 13 UK: Platinum
2005 The Greatest Promos


Year Title UK
1998 “My Star” 5 9 Unfinished Monkey Business
“Corpses in Their Mouths” 14 26
“Can’t See Me” 21
1999 “Be There” (UNKLE featuring Ian Brown) 8 22 Psyence Fiction
“Love Like a Fountain” 23 Golden Greats
2000 “Dolphins Were Monkeys” 5 28
“Golden Gaze” 29 50
“Thriller” “Golden Gaze”
2001 “F.E.A.R.” (Certified Silver in the UK on 22 July 2013) 13 19 Music of the Spheres
2002 “Whispers” 33
2004 “Keep What Ya Got” 18 29 Solarized
“Reign” (UNKLE featuring Ian Brown) 40 Never, Never, Land
2005 “Time Is My Everthying 15 29 Solarized
“All Ablaze” 20 32 The Greatest
2007 “Illegal Attacks” (Ian Brown featuring Sinéad O’Connor) 16 32 The World Is Yours
“Sister Rose” 87
2009 “Stellify” 31 42 My Way
“Just Like You”
2018 “First World Problems” Ripples