A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, trumpeter Rick Braun
first surfaced as a member of the jazz-fusion outfit Auracle,
formed while he was a student at the prestigious Eastman
School of Music. After two LPs the group disbanded, and
Braun turned to songwriting, scoring a hit with REO
Speedwagon's "Here with Me. "
In time he directed his focus to contemporary jazz, issuing his
solo debut Intimate "Secrets" in 1993. After touring with Sade,
he returned in 1994 with "Night Walk" as well as the seasonal
release "Christmas Present."
With 1995's "Beat Street," Braun's popularity continued to
snowball, with 1996's smash "Body and Soul" launching the
NAC chart-topper "Notorious."
A two-time winner of the Gavin Report's smooth jazz artist of
the year award, he returned in 1998 with "South of Midnight."
He also collaborated with Boney James on the 2000 release
"Shake It Up." "Kisses in the Rain" followed a year later.