Lynn Mabry

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Lynn Mabry is an American vocalist. Born in Vallejo, California, her mother enjoyed playing piano and her father was a choir director and radio deejay. They divorced when she was three.[1] She got her start in Sly and the Family Stone, along with Dawn Silva. In 1977 she joined P-Funk. The following year Mabry and Silva became the original Brides of Funkenstein,[2] releasing their first album Funk Or Walk. Lynn became pregnant and left the band in 1979. Silva continued The Brides with back-up singers Sheila Horne and Jeanette McGruder for another year.

In 1983, Mabry joined Talking Heads for Stop Making Sense. By this stage she had become a highly respected background vocalist, continuing to tour with such acts as Rita Coolidge, Stevie Nicks, George Michael, Namie Amuro and Bette Midler. She is also a business partner with Sheila E.

Mabry is co-founder (with Sheila E, in 2001) and CEO of the nonprofit Elevate Hope Foundation, which uses music and the arts to help "abused and abandoned children."[3]


Year Film Role
1984 Stop Making Sense Herself
2013 20 Feet from Stardom Herself