Eden Brent

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Eden Brent
RBF 2009 Eden Brent 04.jpg
Eden Brent performing at the Rawa Blues Festival in Poland, 2009
Background information
Origin Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Genres boogie-woogie
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano, Vocals
Years active 1994 - present
Labels Yellow Dog Records
Website edenbrent.com

Eden Brent (born 16 Nov, 1965 in Greenville, Mississippi[1] is an award-winning American musician on the independent Yellow Dog Records label. A blues pianist and vocalist, she combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. Her vocal style has been compared to Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Aretha Franklin.[2][3] She took lessons from Abie "Boogaloo" Ames, a traditional blues and boogie woogie piano player and eventually earned the nickname "Little Boogaloo."[1]

In 2006, she won the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge.[4] Along with other awards, Brent garnered two 2009 Blues Music Awards - one for Acoustic Artist of the Year, the other for Acoustic Album of the Year (Mississippi Number One).[5]

History[edit]

Eden Brent was born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. Brent studied jazz and music at the University of North Texas, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Music.[6]

Eden Brent met the late blues pioneer, Boogaloo Ames when she was 16 and began to teach herself how to play his style. Eden Brent has said, "By the time I was 19, I’d nearly become sort of a groupie. I’d go hear him and request certain songs because I wanted to hear them and sort of watch over his shoulder a bit and watch the way he was playing. Sometimes I’d request the same thing over and over and then go home and try to learn it. Finally,after a few failures of not being able to pick it up on my own I was bold enough to ask him to teach me."[7] In 1985, Ames took her under his wing for 16 years, nicknaming her Little Boogaloo.[8] This apprenticeship advanced Brent’s talents. She was featured alongside Ames in the 1999 PBS documentary Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound and in the 2002 South African production Forty Days in the Delta.[9]

Brent has appeared around the country at venues and events such as the Kennedy Center, the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2005 presidential inauguration (sharing the bill with B.B. King), the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the British Embassy, Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, the Edmonton Blues Festival, the annual B.B. King Homecoming, and aboard the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.[10]

Awards[edit]

Won
Nominated
  • 2008: "Sean Costello Rising Star Award" by the Blues Blast Music Awards
  • 2008: "Blues Song Of The Year" by the Blues Critic Awards Reader's Poll for "Mississippi Number 1"
  • 2009: "Blues Album of the Year" by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards for "Mississippi Number 1"
  • 2009: "Blues Song of the Year" by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards for "Until I Die"
  • 2009: "Best New Artist Debut" by the Blues Foundation for Mississippi Number 1
  • 2009: "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year" by the Blues Foundation
  • 2009: "Blues Song Of The Year" finalist at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for "Mississippi Flatland Blues"
  • 2009: "Blues Artist of The Year" by the Living Blues Awards
  • 2009: "Best New Artist Debut Recording" by the Blues Blast Music Awards
  • 2009: "Best Female Artist" by the Blues Blast Music Awards
  • 2009: "Sean Costello Rising Star Award" by the Blues Blast Music Awards
  • 2010: "Most Outstanding Musician – Keyboard" by the Living Blues Awards[10]
  • 2011: "Blues Album, Adult Contemporary Song" for The Independent Music Awards[13]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jordan, Charles. "Eden Brent: A Biography". Mississippi Writers and Musicians. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  2. ^ Tom Clarke (2008-06-01). "Elmore review". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ Josh Hathaway (2008-04-15). "Music Review: Eden Brent - Mississippi Number One". Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  4. ^ "2006 International Blues Challenge results". 2006-01-29. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  5. ^ "2009 Blues Awards recipients". 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  6. ^ "Discography". EdenBrent.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  7. ^ from an interview on the Americana Music Show episode 201, published August 4th, 2014.
  8. ^ Art Tipaldi (2009-02-01). "Blues Revue, Issue #116 New Women of The Blues". Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  9. ^ Cypress Bend Productions and Mississippi Educational Television (2009-02-01). "Sustaining The Sound, public television documentary". Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  10. ^ a b "Bio". EdenBrent.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  11. ^ a b "Eden Brent". Lowell Folk Festival. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  12. ^ Gordon, Keith. "Blues Music Awards 2012". About.com. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Eden Brent". The Independent Music Awards. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 

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