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Once Again

by Brenda Bennett

Americana - Eclectic mix of genres artist has been influenced by over time, including Funk, Pop, Country, Soul, and Blues.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. Something's on Fire
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2. Victim of Your Charm
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3. One Moment in Time
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4. Black Morning Sunrise
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5. Disposable Love
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6. So Close
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7. Summertime Love
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8. Wonderful Beautiful
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9. So Strange
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10. 17 Days
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Life’s mysteries and highways are not always explained to us. We are met with certain destinies - some of which are fulfilled and some which remain open-ended and never to be chased. Some doors in life we are lucky to enter and close behind us - while others stay slightly ajar - swinging and teasing with a taunting nag. Once upon a time, in the mid 80s, it was musician Brenda Bennett’s destiny to record a solo album under the guise of her mentor Prince.

After the 80s Brenda disappeared from public sight. Message boards and fan communities buzzed with the question - where is Brenda? The power and genuineness of Brenda Bennett’s performances created a fan base that now spanned years and decades. Many 80s music lovers wondered just what happened to the blonde tough girl with the cigarette hanging out of her mouth. As the 2000s progressed more and more 80s musician took to social media. Brenda remained MIA.

All questions were answered when Brenda re-emerged in 2011 with her debut solo disc “A Capella”. Phones were literally ringing off the hook the day all the fans found Brenda was back. “A Capella” was a gorgeous album - a chance to catch up with a long lost friend and see where she’d been. Firmly rooted in a singer/songwriter vibe - this debut album gave us a chance to hear that rich alto voice in an earthier setting. The lyrics detailed Brenda’s years away from the spotlight - from raising her son Dylan to losing one of her brothers and her parents.

Aesthetically the music was about a million miles away from the sassy venom of “Bite The Beat” but the voice was unmistakably Brenda. And beyond the voice itself, the lyrics and tone of “A Capella” confirmed that the heart of and soul of Brenda’s 80s performances were indeed the real deal.

After a farewell concert in Rhode Island in 2016 Brenda told journalists she planned to take it easy. The possibility of a second album wasn’t out of the cards but also not a priority. It was here when fate intervened and the crazy tornadoes of life revealed a calling. When Prince died in April that same year not only were his fans left shocked, but his former associates and collaborators were blindsided. While Prince was laid down to eternal rest a certain flame seemed to ignite inside of Brenda Bennett. Thoughts returned to that unrecorded solo album from the 1980s. What was once a destiny had became an afterthought and a missed opportunity. But was it? Perhaps inspired by her grief and the legacy of her mentor, Brenda Bennett dove headfirst into her second solo album, titled “Once Again”. The album that was never made in the 1980s was going to be made now. We are reminded far too often that life is short. We feel that urgency to seize the moment by taking charge and just doing what we are called to do.

Brenda embarked on a creative journey that would put certain ghosts to rest, ignite new fires, close some of the doors to the past, and open new ones for the future. While “A Capella” played like a casual catching-up conversation, it is on “Once Again” where Brenda Bennett reaches her full potential as an artist, singer, and musical force.

The ten tracks of “Once Again’ unfold like a journey through time - touching on loss, gain, power, love, life, and death. Just when it seems all chances were lost a mysterious fork in the road reveals itself. Once again.

Brenda’s first album “A Capella” gave us a nice chance to catch up with her but on “Once Again” we get to see the Brenda we always knew and loved - and then so much more. This album is a masterpiece. A career best and a personal triumph. Brenda Bennett takes us there, once again.

Prince would be very proud.

- Jeremy Gloff

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