Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell

Born:  April 8, 1949

Birthplace:   New York, NY
Zodiac Sign:  Aries

Brenda Russell (née Gordon) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and keyboardist. Russell has a diverse musical range which encompasses pop, soul, dance, and jazz. She has received five Grammy nominations.

s a teenager she began performing in local bands and was recruited to sing in a Toronto-based girl group called The Tiaras alongside The Doodlebops cast member Jackie Richardson. The group's only single, "Where Does All The Time Go", was released on Barry Records in 1968 but was unsuccessful.

In her late teens, she joined the Toronto production of Hair, during which time she had begun to play the piano. In the early 1970s, she married musician Brian Russell. The couple went on to produce Rufus's "Please Pardon Me" (on their album Rufusized) and contribute backup vocals to Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain". The Russells also featured as backing vocalists for Elton John's concert at Wembley Stadium on June 21, 1975. Credited as Brian & Brenda, they released two albums on John's Rocket label being Word Called Love in 1976 and 1977's Supersonic Lover.

In 1979, Russell's self-titled debut album was released by A&M Records. The album got to number 20 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. A track from the LP called "So Good So Right" also got to number 8 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart, number 15 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Source,