Friday, September 26, 2008
Brenda K. Starr
Her father, Harvey Kaye was an original member of the '60s band, the Spiral Starecase. Brenda started singing when she was 8 years old and by the time she was 12, 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."
Brenda's appearance in the movie gained attention which lead to a record contract with Mirage Records, through music producer Arthur Baker, who enlisted the help of two production teams to help complete the album: Lotti Golden & Richard Scher and Carl Sturken & Evan Rogers.
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 back-up singer) 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.
Brenda contributed the song "Sweet Surrender" for the "License to Drive" movie soundtrack in 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 debut album received.
In order to support herself and her family, she worked odd jobs for several years such as working at a New Jersey mall.
She was featured on George Lamond's song, "No Matter What" which received moderate success on the charts. In 1993, Brenda was featured on Concept of One's single, "So in Love."
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 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/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.
Brenda worked as a DJ at MIX 102.7, WNEW-FM, where she presented a request program called "Under the Stars" which aired from 9:00 p.m. to midnight on Sundays before it changed formats.
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 managed to peak at #21 on Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay chart. These days, Brenda is happily married with four children and continues to be active in the music business.
In 2011, she released her latest and first English-language single in 10 years, "Body of Proof" for her upcoming album coming soon in the near future.
To see Brenda's official website, go to:
To see Brenda's official Facebook fan page, 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 09\09\12]