Brenda Russell

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Bio

The Artistry of Brenda Russell

In casual conversation reflecting upon Brenda Russell’s epic four-and-a-half- decade career as a multiple Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and Tony nominated and Grammy winning co-composer of The Color Purple musical, one of her songwriter friends casually uttered a phrase that captures the essence of her extraordinary multi-faceted artistry: Songpainter. Gearing up to record her highly anticipated first solo album in 20 years, Brenda knew that would be the perfect title – not only defining the impact her songs have had on the world over the years but forging a creative mission statement for all the dynamic works to come.

The project’s first lead single “What Will It Take,” that dropped November 17, 2023 is more than just another grand addition to her repertoire of infectious hit singles for herself and other iconic artists. Co-produced with Stephan Oberhoff, whose discography ranges from works with Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau to Brenda’s 2000 release Paris Rain, the song is an uplifting and unifying, globally conscious anthem for our time.

ARTISTS WHO HAVE RECORDED BRENDA’S SONGS

  • Oleta Adams
  • Herb Alpert
  • Patti Austin
  • Babyface
  • Regina Belle
  • Peabo Bryson
  • Solomon Burke
  • Alex Bugnon
  • Paul Carrack
  • Ray Charles
  • Joe Cocker
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Will Downing
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Roberta Flack
  • Don Grusin
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Al Jarreau
  • Chaka Khan
  • Dave Koz
  • Patti Labelle
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • Ivan Lins
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Marcus Miller
  • Sam Moore
  • Ann Murray
  • Phil Perry
  • Anita Pointer
  • Diana Ross
  • Rufus
  • Patrice Rushen
  • Marilyn Scott
  • Sting
  • Donna Summer
  • Ruben Studdard
  • Tina Turner
  • Luther Vandross
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Sadao Watanabe
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Yellowjackets

ARTISTS THAT HAVE SAMPLED BRENDA’S SONGS

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Flo Rida
  • Big Punisher
  • Bingo Players
  • Black Sheep
  • Bow Wow
  • Janet Jackson
 
  • Ariana Grande
  • Jay-Z
  • Kanye West
  • Next
  • Rae & Christian
  • SWV

Discography

BRENDA RUSSELL

1978 (A&M; Records)

LOVE LIFE

1983 (Warner Bros. Records)

TWO EYES

1978 (A&M; Records)

GET HERE

1988 (A&M; Records)

KISS ME WITH THE WIND

1991 (A&M; Records)

GREATEST HITS

1992 (A&M; Records)

SOUL TALKIN'

1993 (EMI Records)

PARIS RAIN

2000 (Hidden Beach Recordings)

ULTIMATE COLLECTION

2001 (Hip-O/Universal)

SO GOOD, SO RIGHT

2003 (Dome Records – UK ‘Best Of’)

BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE MOON

2004 (Dome Records)

IN THE THICK OF IT

2009 (Dome Records – UK ‘Best Of’)

The Color Purple Premiere

The Color Purple is a 2023 American musical coming-of-age period drama film directed by Blitz Bazawule from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley, based on the stage musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. It is the second film adaptation of the novel, following the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Spielberg and Quincy Jones. Spielberg and Jones return as producers for the 2023 film along with the stage musical’s producers Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, the latter of whom also starred in the 1985 film.

Brenda Russell with “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker and Oprah Winfrey.

 Brenda Russell with The Color Purple director Steven Spielberg and (music)   co-writer Stephen Bray

Press

Soul Tracks

In 2016, Russell, with the assistance of Stephen Bray and the late Allee Willis, took home their very first Grammy win for their work on

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And like a solemn prayer, Russell arrives to the current moment with lyrics of an urgent message song. The timing couldn’t be more fortuitous.

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