Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell

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Brenda Russell (born Brenda Gordon, April 8, 1949, Brooklyn, New York) is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboardist. Known for her eclectic musical style, her recordings have encompassed several different genres, including pop, soul, jazz and adult contemporary. As well as composing and recording her own material, Russell's songwriting and vocal talents are often in demand by many other artists who, over the years, have included Stevie Wonder; Aretha Franklin; Earth, Wind & Fire; Joni Mitchell; Donna Summer; and Sting.

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Born to musical parents (her father Gus was a one-time member of The Ink Spots), she spent her formative years in Canada after moving to Hamilton, Ontario, age 12. As a teenager she began performing in local bands and in her late teens joined the Toronto production of Hair, during which time she had begun to play the piano. In the early 1970s she married musician Bryan Russell and (as Brian & Brenda) they released two albums on Elton John's Rocket label, Word Called Love (1976) and Supersonic Lover (1977). The Russells also performed on two tracks from Robert Palmer's breakout soul-pop album Double Fun. The couple had divorced by the late 1970s, and Brenda, now living in Los Angeles, had set out on a solo career. Theirdaughter, Lindsay, was born in 1977.

On January 26, 2007, Brenda and Brian became grandparents...
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