Brenda Gordon, 8 April 1944, New York City, New York, USA. Russell began singing at an early age, encouraged by her mother, Cinnamon Sharpe, who was a singer. While still a child, she moved to Toronto, Canada. Taking up singing as a career, she married a musician, Brian Russell, and they worked together in Canada before relocating to Los Angeles in the early 70s. For some time they worked as session musicians, also playing gigs and recording in a jazzier context. After their divorce, she released her first albums with a major label, A&M Records. Russell had meanwhile been developing as a songwriter, producing many tuneful works, sometimes in collaboration other times single-handedly. Among her songs are Beware Of What You Want (recorded by Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters), Please Pardon Me (Chaka Khan with Rufus), and Dinner With Gershwin (Donna Summer). Among Russells many other songs are Piano In The...
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