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|Birth name||Brenda Elizabeth Claire Siobhan|
24 January 1962 |
Scotland, United Kingdom
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Genres||Soul, funk, new wave, pop, rock|
|Associated acts||Vanity 6, Prince|
Brenda Bennett (born Brenda Elizabeth Claire Siobhan; 24 January 1962) is a British-American singer from Scotland. She is best known as a member of the American group Vanity 6 who married the musician Prince's set-designer Roy Bennett, and then became Prince's "wardrobe mistress." She started off in a CBS Records band called Ken Lyon and Tombstone which toured with Mott the Hoople and Queen. Years later, through Roy Bennett, Prince gave her a "tough-girl, cigarette-smoking" persona and enlisted her in a girlgroup, Vanity 6, that he was attempting to create in 1982.
That group broke up a year later due to the departure of its lead singer, Vanity, after only minor success. But Bennett stuck around for its reincarnation, with a new lead singer, as Apollonia 6 in 1984. Bennett's image in both of the groups was that of the bad girl—she smoked and had the most attitude. Bennett also had a part in the film Purple Rain alongside Apollonia 6 members Susan Moonsie and the group's lead singer, Apollonia.
Brenda Bennett can be heard on lead vocals on "Bite the Beat" on the Vanity 6 album, and on "Some Kind of Lover," "A Million Miles (I Love You)," and "Blue Limousine" on the Apollonia 6 album. She can also be heard on background vocals of the song "17 Days" that Prince withdrew from their album. The song became a B-Side of his single "When Doves Cry" as well as several other Prince tracks recorded while he was on under the Warner Bros. label.
In April 2007, YouTube displayed the Apollonia film "Happy B.Day Mr. Christian." In this film, Brenda features her solo song "Blue Limousine" from the Apollonia 6 LP. She runs through cars and sings outside a gas station about her missed lover who treates her unkindly, and features Susan and Apollonia in black leather working on cars. Brenda released several music videos on YouTube in 2011. It took her a long time to recover from the death of her brother and mother before she was able to make any music again. In 2013, Bennett released Guiltier (written by Charlie Mason, Rob Curti and Måns Ek) and Jemmima, Guiltier is a song about how it feels like to know your loved one is doing the wrong things behind your back.
- Vanity 6 Lives Out Daring Fantasies On Stage (Jet Magazine, 24 January 1983)
- Henderson, Alex. "Biography: Vanity 6". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
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