“Cold Sweat brought tears to my eyes as I read the powerful story of Yamma’s journey. James Brown carried the gift of music that comes from God but also the burden of a life lived on the mountaintop. This book makes the price he paid all too clear.” —MC Hammer
“This is a provocative, painful, and open book by Yamma Brown, whom I have known all her life as the daughter of a truly historic and incomparably influential figure. The world knew James Brown as a Godfather. Yamma knew him as a father. The good and the bad that she shared does not dim at the brightness of the greatness of James Brown.” —Rev. Al Sharpton
“Yamma’s riveting book sent chills down my spine, as I understand the experience of having to share a parent with the world. Her relationship with her father reveals insights into the depths of his spirit, and her profound perspective is a viewpoint unlike anyone else’s.” —Maryum “May May” Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali
“A heartwarming and authentic account of growing up the daughter of a true music legend. So well written and engaging that it should be required reading in all schools of music.” —Cathy Hughes, founder, Radio One
“A raw and honest depiction of life behind the shadow of Yamma Brown’s iconic father. This is a must read. I am truly honored to know Yamma and so proud of the bravery she’s shown by sharing her story.” —Heather Hayes, daughter of Isaac Hayes
About the Author
Dr. Yamma Brown is the vice president of the James Brown Family Foundation and president and founder of Daughter of Soul Productions. She is the youngest daughter of Deidre Jenkins and James Brown. It is her life’s mission to right the legacy and maintain the work of her late father. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robin Gaby Fisher is the author of the New York Times bestseller After the Fire and Boys of the Dark and coauthor of Fields of Grace and The Woman Who Wasn’t There. She is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing; a member of a Pulitzer Prize–winning team; and winner of The National Headliner Award and the Taylor Family Fairness in Media Award, given by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. She teaches narrative journalism at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.