Brenda Russell
American singer-songwriter
Brenda Russell
Brenda Russell is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Known for her eclectic musical style, her recordings have encompassed several different genres, including pop, soul, dance, jazz and adult contemporary. As well as composing and recording her own material, Russell's songwriting and vocal talents have been used by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Joni Mitchell, Donna Summer, Flo Rida and Sting.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There wa ...
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Theater: <i>Once Upon</i> a Fairy Tale; <i>Color Purple</i> Glows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS ** 1/2 out of **** ABRON ARTS CENTER THE COLOR PURPLE ** 1/2 out of **** BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE Both of these musicals have a lot in common. Both are pretty weak, with Purple especially weak in the score and Mattress weak in the book. But both are elevated by outstanding casts. We'll probably never see a better production of The Color Purple; this one is so good it almost tricks you into thinking the show itself is worthwhile. Mattress can be harmless fun with the right pros on board and the right attitude -- Transport Group's production happily has both. First, the little show that could. Once Upon A Mattress was a memorable success for composer Mary Rodgers. It takes the old fairy tale of "The Princess And The Pea" and expands that into pleasing entertainment. The show is so old school you might believe it's winkingly retro rather than just traditional down to its toes. Genially overstuffed, it has a solo showcase for a hoofer (a fleet, fit Cor ...
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Aisle View: <em>The Color Purple</em> in Radiant Bloom
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple. Photo: Matthew Murphy In one of the more notable turnarounds in recent Broadway history, The Color Purple--which many viewers found self-deflated and uninvolving when it premiered in 2005--reveals itself upon its return (via London) as a stunning, exhilarating and altogether joyful theatrical experience. Chalk it up to conceptual point-of-view, I guess, along with a handful of supremely satisfying performances. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker and Steven Spielberg's acclaimed 1985 film version, the original production seemed to see itself as something of a monumental epic; the show was mounted on a large scale, not only physically but musically. The 2005 Color Purple seemed to be so self-important that while some of the performers came across, the characters did not; the book seemed meandering; and the score, the quality of which carries the triumphant show now at the Jacobs, thoroughly failed to impress. The ...
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'The Color Purple' -- the Best One Yet
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I see a lot of Broadway shows. And because I do, I have both a profound appreciation of all theater and a discerning palette when it comes to what I truly love. I enjoy quite a bit, but for something to get a rave from me, it must be compelling, must move me, must change me in some way and must stay with me. That is a tall order, I know. Enter the new production of The Color Purple. It is pared down and sparse in appearance, and it could not be more magnificent and timely. In a country that is more divisive than ever, a show about the triumph of the indomitable human spirit and an unshakable faith in the goodness of God and ultimately, of man, was a much needed balm for this world-weary soul. I'll admit, I was apprehensive before seeing it about how graphic the show would be. I think it is asking a lot of people to plunk down their hard earned money to watch systemic abuse portrayed before their very eyes... in a musical, no less. But this production did not do that. It artf ...
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E. Nina Rothe: Beauty In Truth: Alice Walker, Citizen of the World
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Alice Walker is one of the most exceptional women to have ever graced this earth of ours. And what better filmmaker to chronicle her journey than Pratibha Parmar. I met Parmar a few years ago when she was promoting her narrative feature titled Nina's Heavenly Delights, and was immediately taken with her approach to life and filmmaking. One senses great freedom within her, a feeling that she doesn't need to live by others' rules, and those qualities translate so beautifully to the big screen. It's no surprise then that Beauty In Truth, Parmar's documentary about Alice Walker, which just premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, is a perfect piece of filmmaking. Worthy of the sold-out screening and standing ovations it received. In Beauty In Truth, Parmar tells Walker's story by letting her narrate her own tale, in that beautiful trademark voice of hers, a woman who has lived through so much but still looks at life with enthusiasm and generosity. I realize as ...
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Charles Karel Bouley: Adam Levine Honored by BMI at Annual Pop Awards
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's more of a reward than an award, but still, it's one of the most fun, private parties in Hollywood. It's the BMI Pop Music Awards, held in May at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel; a venue that has served as the award's home for some time now. Each year, over the course of a few weeks, songwriters take over the ballroom as BMI honors the best and most successful from the year previous; the people behind the music, the songwriters and publishers, the creators of the music prior to it ever reaching a chart.BMI gives out awards in Pop, Rap, Country, Film and TV to writers and publishers that are signators with BMI. BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) is one of the two major performance rights companies in the United States; ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers) being the other. It is these companies that negotiate and protect the rights of songwriters and publishers across all mediums, with digital quickly gaining as one of the biggest money makers as music moves from C ...
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Xaque Gruber: Remembering the One and Only Donna Summer
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It was never just disco with Donna Summer. A unique trailblazer that defied categorization, she had one of the great voices that mattered. Thankfully the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame realized this with her 2013 induction. In a career spanning 34 years of albums, Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts) effortlessly glided from rock (Hot Stuff), R&amp;B (Finger On The Trigger), pop (On The Radio), dance (Last Dance), the theatrical (MacArthur Park), and beyond. She was also a great songwriter, and was the sole writer of Dim All The Lights. I Feel Love changed the face of club music, predating the synthesizers of new wave and helped birth all electro-pop to come. The musical heiresses to the Bad Girls album are countless (Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Shakira, etc). She Works Hard For The Money was the first music video by a black female artist put into heavy rotation on MTV. With a new Donna Summer album (sometimes double albums) release ...
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Behind the Music - Syracuse New Times
Google News - over 5 years
Melba Moore, a Tony Award winner, and Brenda Russell, a Grammy winner and composer of the film score for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, also traveled to New York to lend their expertise to young musicians. Some artists donated their time to the
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Newfoundland offered an antidote to the evil of 9/11 - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Craig and Brenda Russell were as busy as any Gambo family in the aftermath of 9/11. Craig was helping a busload of &quot;plane people&quot; at the town&#39;s firehall, where he was a volunteer firefighter, and Brenda was looking after another group at the Salvation
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Shirley Ann Clare , 76 - Kitsap Sun
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She is survived by her husband/partner of 44 years, Walter E. Clare; two daughters, Louise Russell and Brenda Russell; four grandchildren, Kimberly Russell, Valerie Russell, Brianna Russell and Quinn Russell; sisters Lucille Pikini, Marilyn Hudson,
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Newfoundland offered an antidote to the evil of 9/11 - Canada.com
Google News - over 5 years
Craig and Brenda Russell were as busy as any Gambo family in the aftermath of 9/11. Craig was helping a busload of &quot;plane people&quot; at the town&#39;s firehall, where he was a volunteer firefighter, and Brenda was looking after another group at the Salvation
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Mars Hill College announces the 2011 Recipients of its Gibbs and Snow Teaching ... - Mountain Xpress (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Past recipients of the Snow Caring Award include: Noel Kinnamon, Virginia Bower, Julie Fortney, Teresa Stern, Allen Shelley, Laurie Pedersen, Jane Renfroe, Brenda Russell, Gail Sawyer and Tom Plaut
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brenda Russell
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 61
    In 2011, the Dutch dance duo Bingo Players released a dance track entitled "Cry (Just a Little)" which featured a sample of Russell's 1988 hit "Piano in the Dark".
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, rapper Flo Rida released the song "I Cry" with the same sample and a similar beat. Greatest Hits Ultimate Collection So Good So Right: The Best Of Brenda Russell In the Thick of It: The Best of Brenda Russell "Voices That Care" Russell features as a singer in the following films:
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    In November 2009, three tracks from Russell's ninth studio album, This Is Real Life, were made available via her official site though a release date for the album is yet to be announced.
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  • 2004
    Age 54
    Her eighth studio album, Between the Sun and the Moon, was released by Dome in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 2005 saw a Broadway musical version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, the show's score was written by Russell and lyricists-composers Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Russell and her co-writers were nominated for a Tony Award (for Best Score) and a Grammy Award (in the Best Musical Show Album category).
  • 2003
    Age 53
    In 2003, she signed to the new UK label Dome Records and released the compilation album So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell.
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    Russell resumed her solo career in 2000 with the album Paris Rain, released on Hidden Beach Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album (which includes collaborations with Carole King, Dave Koz and Sheila E.) saw Russell move away from the pop market toward a more adult-oriented sound.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    She also appeared in the 1999 film Liberty Heights, in which she performed two songs written especially for the movie.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    Russell then signed with EMI and released the album Soul Talkin in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details After this, Russell took some time off from recording her own music and during this period she composed songs for other artists and contributed to the score for the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, written by Michel Colombier.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    After releasing her next album, Kiss Me with the Wind (1990), Russell's contract with A&M concluded with the release of her Greatest Hits album in 1992.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    Returning to A&M Records, Russell's fourth album, Get Here, was released in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details It became her greatest commercial success, spawning her biggest hit "Piano in the Dark" (a US Top 10 hit which featured Joe Esposito) and garnered three Grammy Award nominations. The title track went on to become a worldwide hit in 1991 when it was covered by Oleta Adams.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    Records, she released her third album, Two Eyes, in 1983, but this was also unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details After this, Russell relocated to Sweden and began writing songs for her next album.
  • 1981
    Age 31
    Her second album, Love Life, followed in 1981, though commercial success eluded her.
    More Details Hide Details Moving to Warner Bros.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    After it disestablished the Horizon imprint in 1979, A&M released Russell's self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details The album included the hit "So Good, So Right" as well as the tracks "In The Thick Of It" and "If Only For One Night" (which was later a hit in 1985 for Luther Vandross).
    After Russell was signed to Tommy LiPuma's Horizon Records (a subsidiary of A&M Records), her debut single, "So Good, So Right", became a Top 30 hit in 1979.
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    Their daughter, Lindsay, was born in 1977, but the couple had divorced by the late 1970s, and Russell, now living in Los Angeles, had set out on a solo career.
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  • 1975
    Age 25
    The Russells, along with Donny Gerrard, featured as backing vocalists for John's concert at Wembley Stadium on 21 June 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The Russells also performed on two tracks from Robert Palmer's breakout soul-pop album Double Fun.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on April 8, 1949.
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