Brian Owens is a St. Louis-born soul singer who is joined by his band the Deacons of Soul on the album Soul of Ferguson
, named for the suburb where he was born and raised. Owens toured as an opening act for Michael McDonald, a fellow native of Ferguson, and invited the former Doobie Brother to join him on "For You," the album's lead single.
Owens had been singing the Motown-inspired tune during a soundcheck when it caught McDonald's interest, prompting him to turn it into a duet. "He killed it," Owens said in a 2017 Songfacts interview
. "To the point where I had to go back and redo my vocal."