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Brenda Russell (I)


Brenda Russell was born on April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Brenda Gordon. She was previously married to Brian Russell. See full bio »
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 2013 American Music Awards 2013 (TV Movie) (writer: "The Way")
 2013 The Voice of the Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.11 (2013) ... (writer: "Get Here")
 2012 Sarah G Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Enchong Dee/Richard Reynoso/Chad Borja/Vina Morales (2012) ... (writer: "Get Here")
 2012 Top of the Pops 2 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Donna Summer (2012) ... (writer: "Dinner with Gershwin")
 2012 Celeste & Jesse Forever (lyrics: "A Little Bit of Love") / (music: "A Little Bit of Love") / (performer: "A Little Bit of Love")
 2009 Dirty Mind (writer: "NONE OF US ARE FREE")
 2008 JCVD (as Russell, "None Of Us Are Free")
 2002 Bad Company (performer: "Tonite") / (writer: "Tonite")
 2002 John Q (writer: "Justice of the Heart")
 1999 Liberty Heights (performer: "Baby Eyes", "When Love Walked In") / (producer: "Baby Eyes", "When Love Walked In") / (writer: "Baby Eyes", "When Love Walked In")
 1998 Finding Graceland (writer: "Wayward Soul")
 1995 People: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie) (arranger: "The Body Song") / (lyrics: "The Body Song") / (music: "The Body Song") / (performer: "The Body Song")
 1994 The Santa Clause (performer: "Christmas Will Return")
 1994 Corrina, Corrina (performer: "WE WILL FIND A WAY")
 1993 Taking the Heat (TV Movie) (performer: "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS", "TAKING THE HEAT")
 1991 The Taking of Beverly Hills (performer: "Waiting For You") / (writer: "Waiting For You")
 1987-1991 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 7 February 1991 (1991) ... (writer: "Get Here")
- Episode dated 19 November 1987 (1987) ... (writer: "Dinner With Gershwin")
 1991 Highlander II: The Quickening (performer: "As Time Goes By") / (producer: "As Time Goes By")
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks (performer: "GRAVITY") / (writer: "GRAVITY")
 1988 Totally Minnie (TV Movie) (performer: "Totally Minnie")
 1986 Soul Man ("Totally Academic") / (performer: "Totally Academic")
 1986 Ratboy (performer: "Throw Down")
 1986 Instant Justice ("HOW DOES LOVE GO WRONG")
 1986 Wildcats (performer: "Penetration")
 1985 HeartBeat (TV Movie) (performer: "Heart Beat")
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(2013-2014 Season) Allee Willis, Stephen Bray, and she adapted Alice Walker's novel, "The Color Purple The Musical" at the Mercury Theater in Chicago, Illinois with Trisha Jeffrey, Adrienne Walker, and Jasondra Johnson in the cast. Frances Maggio was costume designer. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Brenda Gordon | Brenda Gordon Russell
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Personal Quote:

As far as writing for other artists, very early on I learned a good lesson from Ms. Aretha Franklin. She asked me to write a song for her, and I excitedly wrote what I thought was a good 'Aretha Franklin' song; however when she received it she said 'I wanted a Brenda Russell song'. At that moment I learned that if a certain kind of artist wants a song from me, I should write the song as if I were... See more »

Trivia:

Several songs originally written and recorded by her have been made famous when covered by other artists, eg If Only For One Night (covered by Luther Vandross), Dinner With Gershwin (though written by Brenda it was originally recorded by Donna Summer in 1987 but Brenda did record her own version in 1990) and most notably Get Here (a worldwide smash for Oleta Adams in 1991). She has also written ... See more »

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