Tony Brown Remains in Critical Condition

Veteran record producer and label executive Tony Brown remained in critical condition Thursday (April 17) at the UCLA Medical Center’s Neurological Department in Los Angeles. Brown is being treated for a head injury he sustained April 11 when he fell on the stairs after leaving a Los Angeles restaurant.

Adding to the family’s difficulty is news that Brown’s mother, Mattie Agnes Nance Brown, died Monday (April 14) of natural causes in North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Brown. Funeral services will be held Saturday (April 19) at 10:30 a.m. at the Vogler and Sons Main Street Chapel in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In a written statement to the media, Universal South Records executive Susan Levy acknowledged that few details had been released regarding Brown’s condition. She noted, “As I am sure you can understand, Tony’s family has been focusing their attention on him right now. Because the Nashville music industry is such a close knit group, it has been difficult for the family to keep the day-to-day details of Tony’s medical care private. Many rumors have circulated, which is to be expected. As a label, we have made a commitment to asking people to focus on the hospital’s classification of his condition and leave the details of his care between him, his family and his physicians.”

However, Levy added, “The family has informed us that Tony is still listed in critical condition but that he continues to improve and the doctors have been encouraged by his progress. Of course, we are all hoping for more positive news soon and will let you know as soon as we have it.”

Brown is a senior partner at Universal South, a relatively new label whose roster includes Joe Nichols , Allison Moorer , Bering Strait, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Amanda Wilkinson and Dean Miller . He previously served as president of MCA Nashville, where he produced Vince Gill , George Strait , Trisha Yearwood , Reba McEntire and Lyle Lovett, among others. As a musician, Brown has played keyboards in several notable groups, including Emmylou Harris ’ Hot Band and Elvis Presley ’s band.

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.