Over the past four decades, Louisiana native Brian Edwards has enjoyed a uniquely successful career in the entertainment industry as a multi-award winning celebrity talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer. He has worked with such celebrities as Joan Rivers, Donna Summer, Cindy Crawford, Susan Sarandon, Melissa Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Farrah Fawcett, Sharon Stone, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd, and Vanessa Williams - just to name a few.
As a tribute to his work with the legendary Queen of Disco, Edwards was recently portrayed in the smash hit, Tony Award nominated Broadway show Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which embarks on its’ first U.S. national tour in the fall of 2019.
Edwards autobiography Enter Miss Thang, published in the fall of 2013, became a national best seller winning several awards along the way, including top honors at The National Indie Excellence Awards, The International Book Awards and the IBPA Awards, ultimately becoming the most honored LGBT non-fiction book of 2014. And now, Edwards highly anticipated follow-up, I Might Have Been Queen (And Other Things I Didn’t Mention Before) was released Labor Day Weekend 2019.
Originally from the sleepy little town of Covington, Louisiana, Edwards always felt destined for something extraordinary. In 1985, he trusted his instincts and left the safety of his hometown for the bright lights of Hollywood. After working as an executive assistant to legendary five-time Grammy Award winner Donna Summer, for six years, Edwards landed a position in 1995 as the assistant to talent agent Betty Fanning, then Vice-President of Commercials at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.
In 1998, he moved over to American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women's Entertainment Networks as their Manager of Celebrity Talent for five years, where he served as Talent Executive / Talent Producer for three Emmy Award winning shows: In 2001, "Reel Models: The First Women of Film", Hosted by: Barbra Streisand - featuring Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank and Minnie Driver; In 2002 - "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel", Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg; and in 2004, for the series "When I Was a Girl," Narrated by: Charlize Theron and Kristin Davis. Other work includes Talent Executive / Talent Producer for over 30 CMT: Country Music Television specials.
Edwards recently produced two highly acclaimed exhibits on iconic legends Joan Rivers and Donna Summer at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles: The Grammy Museum Presents Donna Summer: Four Seasons of Love (June 2014 thru April 2015) and The Grammy Museum Presents Joan Rivers: Can We Talk? (June 2015 thru September 2015)
In September of 2015, Edwards served as a judge for the 95th Annual Miss America Pageant – a lifelong dream come true. And during that same week, he also orchestrated Vanessa Williams’ triumphant return to the pageant 32 years after she made history as the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.
Later that fall, he made a cameo in the independent feature, Tarnished Notes shot on location in North Carolina, in addition to making numerous appearances at lecture events across the country in support of Enter Miss Thang.
Edwards was honored by The International Press Academy in 2012 with the Satellite Award for "Outstanding Contribution to The Field of Entertainment" presented to him by Cindy Crawford, becoming only the third recipient of this honor in the academy's history. He also received a Special Recognition Honor from the Recording Academy for his participation on the 1997 song "Carry On" by Donna Summer, which won the first Grammy ever presented in the category for "Best Dance Recording." He co-starred in the Pam Tillis video "I Said a Prayer," which won the CMT Music Award as one of the "Top Ten Videos of 1998."
As an independent celebrity publicist, Edwards’ solo campaigns have resulted in five stars on the Hollywood Walk-Of-Fame to date: Joan Rivers, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Williams and Rascal Flatts. With ceremonies currently pending for Trio: Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris; Tanya Tucker and Cindy Crawford.
An active member of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Brian also supports various charitable organizations including God’s Love We Deliver. While continuing his work in Celebrity Client Relations for various networks and select clients, Brian divides his time between Los Angeles, New York and London.