Brenda Bradley
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Native Detroiter, Brenda Bradley hails from authentic and diverse musical roots honed in a range of influences from Billie Holliday to Mahalia Jackson. Enchanted by Motown and gospel singing aunts and a saxophone playing father, she began an earnest love affair with writing and producing songs and spoken word in 2001.

This led to performances with a number of leading Jazz artists who become influential in her life and budding career, including trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave and the late Dr. Teddy Harris. Performance venues include Thalian Hall (North Carolina), Nuyorican Cafe (New York), Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Ford Detroit Jazz Festival and Comerica TasteFest (Detroit).

Starting with early exposure in church, she progressed to small ensemble performances including Renaissance period music and jazz. She has written and produced songs in all genres, ranging from Alternative Rock to urban contemporary. However, her true loves and current pursuits lie in Jazz vocals and Spoken Word.

Although the spirit of a ballad does not escape her, the movement and artistic opportunities for up-tempo straight ahead and bebop standards, combined with spoken word interludes are emerging as uniquely memorable trademarks.