Kippi Brannon

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Kippi Brannon
Birth name Kippi Rolynn Binkley[1]
Born 1966 (age 47–48)[1]
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1981–1982, 1988–1997
Labels MCA, Curb/Universal
Associated acts Jeff Carson
Website KippiBrannon.net

Kippi Brannon (born Kippi Rolynn Binkley, 1966)[1] is an American country music singer. She made her debut on the country music scene as a teenager, releasing four singles on MCA Records in the early 1980s before leaving her career in favor of a college education. By 1992, she returned to the country music scene, eventually releasing her debut album I'd Be with You in 1997.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kippi Rolynn Binkley was born in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] A singer and musician at an early age, she began singing professionally before she was a teenager. At age 12, she gave a performance at a local shopping mall, when an executive for MCA Records discovered her.[2][3] With the help of record producer Chuck Howard, Jr., Kippi was signed to MCA in 1981. Her surname was altered to Brannon, after Brannon Auto Parts, a local automotive parts store.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Brannon charted three singles in the early 1980s, in addition to receiving a New Female Vocalist of the Year nomination from the Academy of Country Music.[2] She was also signed as an opening act for other country artists. Although she was gaining in popularity, Brannon decided to leave her career and attend college, first at Belmont University and later at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.[1] During her hiatus from the country music scene, she also married and had a daughter, Kasey;[3] she later divorced and married a second time.[2]

By 1988, Brannon resumed her music career, signing to Curb Records this time around. Her first single for the label, "I Ain't Never", failed to make the charts upon its 1992 release. Working with producers Matt Rollings and James Stroud, she began a search for additional songs to record; however, by the end of 1992, she once again had to take a hiatus, as she had divorced a second time, and had to care for her ailing father.[2] Her first album, I'd Be with You, was released in early 1997, under the production of Mark Bright.[2] Brannon has not recorded since.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US Heat
I'd Be with You 53 48

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US Bubbling
1981 "Slowly" 37 N/A
1982 "If I Could See You Tonight" 55
"He Don't Make Me Cry" 87
1983 "In My Dreams"
1992 "I Ain't Never" I'd Be with You
1997 "Daddy's Little Girl" 42 20
"I'd Be with You" 53 20
"The Greatest Love I've Ever Known"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 "Daddy's Little Girl" John Scarpati

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kippi Brannon Biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Kippi Brannon Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b Patterson, Jim (1997-05-28). "Still "Daddy's Little Girl": Former teen star Kippi Brannon returns to country music". South Coast Today. Retrieved 2007-12-23.