Lynn Mabry

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Lynn Mabry
Born (1958-03-21) March 21, 1958 (age 59)
Vallejo, California, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts The Brides of Funkenstein, Parliament, Sheila E.

Lynn Mabry (born March 21, 1958) is an American singer.

Early life[edit]

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. She gave birth to a daughter named Akasha Larain Morrison on 30 December 1979. (father is Walter "Junie" Morrison). 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, Namie Amuro and Bette Midler. In 1990, she toured as a backing vocalist for Fleetwood Mac during their Behind the Mask Tour. In 1991, she toured as a backing vocalist for Stevie Nicks during her Time Space tour. In the same year, she performed a cover version Soul II Soul's "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" with George Michael for his Cover to Cover tour.

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