Brooke Blackburn: Composer

Brooke plays guitar with his two brothers in the popular R&B outfit Blackburn whose music is rich in the tradition of the blues, while inflected with R&B and soul and is electrified with an urban vibe.

Blackburn brings it all together with conscious lyrics to create a smooth and soulful groove. The four-member group has been writing and performing together since 1995. Given their lineage — their father, highly regarded keyboard player Bobby Dean, was a seminal figure of Toronto’s Blues and R&B scene in the 60s — coupled with their evident talents and vast experience, it’s no wonder that they were the sensation at this year’s Blues Summit.