Brenda K. Starr

Born Oct 15, 1966

Brenda K. Starr is an American singer-songwriter. She is well known originally in dance-pop, but now mostly in salsa-based music. She is also well known for her 1980s work with freestyle music.

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1966 Birth Born on October 15, 1966.


1984 17 Years Old In the early 1980s, through a chance meeting with Harry Belafonte, Starr landed a role in his 1984 hip hop film, Beat Street; she appeared in it, as herself, as a singer at an open-microphone audition. … Read More


1987 20 Years Old Starr's eponymous sophomore LP, which she released in 1987 on the MCA Records label before it became part of the present-day Universal Music Group, included what is considered her signature song, the power ballad "I Still Believe," which peaked at No. 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming Starr's first and only top 20 single on the Hot 100.


1998 31 Years Old In 1998, Mariah Carey covered the song as a tribute to her "mentrix;" Carey's version peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. … Read More
2006 39 Years Old …  The lead single from her seventh album, Atrevete a Olvidarme, titled "Tu Eres," earned her a nomination from the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2006. Starr is married to Chris Petrone, and has a daughter, Gianna Isabella, who made it to the top 10 of American Idol in its 15th and final season in 2016.
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