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Huntley Brown, Gospel Pianist—Once in a Lifetime

We've already announced and been promoting the upcoming Garvin County Choral Society & Sinfonietta sponsored Huntley Brown concert on Sunday, October 9 at 4:00 pm in our sanctuary (Advance tickets $20 at the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the door by donation, recommended $20.). Here's information you'll want to know about this remarkable musician and minister.

The music of Rev. Dr. Huntley Brown has been described as inspired, anointed, powerful, and explosive. His electrifying playing earned him the Top Caribbean Gospel Instrumentalist Award for 2005 and 2006. In 2009 he was appointed musical ambassador for CTS TV Station in Seoul Korea and in 2010 he was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall Of Fame (Chicago), the youngest person to be inducted into the hall of fame.

Other awards Huntley has received include:

  • Alumnus Of The Year (Judson University Elgin IL)

  • Outstanding Achievement Award (Consulate Of Jamaica Chicago IL)

  • Distinguished Ambassador At Large Award (Word Of Life Ministries Presented By The Prime Minister of Jamaica)

  • Outstanding Jamaican Citizen Award (Organization For Strategic Development In Jamaica OSDJ)

  • Caribbean And Faith Based Leadership Award (Washington DC)

  • Citation Of Honor (Hands Across Jamaica For Righteousness) among others


Huntley was the featured artist for the concerts of peace in Ireland. During that time he was able to witness peace come to a nation torn apart by civil war.

In 2011 Huntley was the featured guest pianist at Carnegie Hall with the Milal world symphony orchestra.

Huntley is an ordained minister. He was ordained in 2007 by the Evangelical Church Alliance International and now serves on the board. In 2011 Huntley became an Artist Ambassador for Kids Alive International, a group dedicated to rescuing kids around the world.

Huntley graduated from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois with a bachelor's degree in piano and from Northern Illinois University with a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy. In 2020 Huntley was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Judson University. He is married to the lovely Annette Chestnut, and they reside in Aurora, Illinois (just outside of Chicago), along with their four daughters, Natalie, Natasha, Nicole and Nadia.

Huntley was the artist in residence for the Total Living Network in Chicago with host Jerry & Shirley Rose for many years. He was also the regular crusade pianist for the recently retired Dr. Ralph Bell, an associate evangelist with the Billy Graham Association. He is now the pianist for Ruth Graham and Friends Ministries and also ministers with the Franklin Graham team. In 2015 Huntley joined the staff of Judson University as the first ever artist in residence.

Huntley's music and speaking ministry has taken him all over the world, with TV, radio, and concert appearances in Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Grenada, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Palestine, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine and Wales.

He has recorded many CD's that cover a wide range of musical styles.

Huntley's other interests include basketball (as he likes to say, "I can't shoot, but I can dunk!") and Hapkido, one of the martial arts in which he holds a black belt.

For more information about Huntley Brown, see his website at http://huntleybrown.org/