Friday, September 26, 2008
Brenda K. Starr
Her father, Harvey Kaye was an original member of the 1960s band, the Spiral Starecase (who were well-known for their 1969 hit song "More Than Yesterday").
Brenda began singing when she was 8 years old and by the time she was 12 years old, she had auditioned for various television commercials as well in theater and had the opportunity to make her first music demo. She was also a member of a break-dance group called the Dynamic Dolls.
After Brenda met singer Harry Belafonte in the early '80s when she was just 14 years old, she earned a role in his 1984 film, "Beat Street." Her appearance in the movie gained some attention which led to her getting a record deal with Mirage Records.
The Spanish-language version, "Yo Cre En Ti" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart in July of 1988. Eleven years later, singer Mariah Carey's cover version of "I Still Believe" was successful on the charts.
During that time, Brenda helped Mariah Carey (who was her backup singer at the time) score a record deal with Sony\Columbia Records by giving the executive of the label, Tommy Mottola a demo tape of Mariah's to him and the rest is history.
The Spanish-language version, "Desayuno De Amor" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart in February of 1988.
Despite being considered her best English-language album and one of her best moments overall, the album didn't gain commercial success because it didn't get the same promotion that her previous one received.
After Brenda was dropped from her record label, she worked odd jobs for several years to help support herself & her family such as working at a mall in New Jersey. In 1993, she was featured on Concept of One's single, "So in Love."
In 1997, she released her first Spanish-language album,"Te Sigo Esperando" on Platano Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The single, "Herida" became a hit, peaking at #1 on Billboard's Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart, #28 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart in May of 1997, and #14 on Billboard's Latin Pop Songs chart in April of 1997.
The first single, "Si Me Preguntan Por Tí" peaked at #31 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart in April of 1998. The second single from the album, "Senor Amante" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart in January of 1999.
A remake of "I Still Believe" entitled "Creo en Tí" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.
The album won a Latin Grammy Award for "Best Salsa Album" & the title song peaked at #3 on Billboard's Tropical Songs chart in April of 2002.
The follow-up single, "Por Es Hombre" featuring Tito Nieves & Victor Manuelle, peaked at #1 on Billboard's Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart, #11 on Billboard's Latin Songs chart & #33 on Billboard's Latin Pop Songs chart in May of 2002.
The single won another Latin Grammy Award for "Best Salsa Single." The last single, "Rabia" peaked at #11 on Billboard's Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.
The single, "Tu Eres" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay chart and earned her a nomination for "Best Salsa Single" at the 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The title song also managed to peak at #21 on Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay chart.
After leaving the Sony Record Label, Brenda took a hiatus from the music scene, raising her family and hosted her own radio show called "Under the Stars with Brenda K. Starr" on New York radio station Mix 102.7.
In 2011, she released her first single in ten years called "Body of Proof." In 2016, her daughter, Gianna Isabella was a contestant during the final season of "American Idol" where she made it to the top 10 before she was eliminated from the competition.
To see Brenda's official website, go to:
To see the music video for "I Still Believe," go to:
To see the music video for "Breakfast in Bed," go to:
To see a video of Brenda performing "What You See Is What You Get" live, go to:
To see a video of Brenda performing "Straight From the Heart" live, go to:
To see a video of Brenda performing "You Should Be Loving Me" live, go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Pickin' Up Pieces," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Suspicion," go to:
[Updated on September 22, 2017]