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Brenda K. Starr (born Brenda Kaplan on October 15, 1966) is an American singer of Jewish descent. She was originally a dance-pop musician but now mostly performs salsa-based music. She is also well known for her 1980s work with freestyle music.

Career

Starr was born to a Jewish father, organist, Harvey Kaplan of the Spiral Staircase hit song includes "More today than yesterday", and a Puerto Rican Roman Catholic mother. Her only album to make the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart was her self-titled second album (her major-label debut), which peaked at fifty-eight. She has had two top forty hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "I Still Believe" (which peaked at #13) and "What You See is What You Get" (which peaked at #24 and at #6 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play). She also sang the song "Sweet Surrender" for the 1988 teen film License to Drive soundtrack, starring Corey Haim. During the late 1980s, Mariah Carey sang background vocals for Starr, and Starr helped Carey secure a recording contract by giving a demo tape of hers to Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola at a party. By 1991, Mariah Carey had become Sony/Columbia's star attraction, which caused Starr's career to shrink in terms of commercial success. After being dropped from Sony/Columbia Records for lackluster sales of her second album, By Heart, Starr worked odd jobs to support herself and her family for several years, including one at a shopping mall in New Jersey.

In a wise decision, Starr learned Spanish in order to rejuvenate her career, instead of chasing trends of the English language pop music market. From there, Starr became mostly a Salsa/Tropical and Latin Pop artist. After the release of her cover of Herida, which peaked at #16 on the Latin Pop Airplay and at #1 on the Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay chart, her music career became successful again. From then, she released a string of popular, successful albums with many chart hits.

Recent years

Brenda was also a disc jockey at MIX 102.7, WNEW-FM, where she presented a request program "Under the Stars", from 9 p.m. to midnight on Sunday nights before it changed formats. It appeared to have helped her music career since her concerts have begun to sell even stronger than before. The lead single from her seventh album, Atrevete a Olvidarme, titled, "Tu Eres" earned her a nomination by the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2006.

Acting appearances

Starr has appeared in several films, most notably in the 1980s urban film Beat Street, which had her portraying herself as a singer at an open-microphone audition.

Awards and recognitions

  • 2002: Latin Grammy Awards: Nominated: "Best Salsa Album: for Temptation
  • 2002: Latin Grammy Awards: Nominated: "Best Salsa Single" for "Por Ese Hombre"
  • 2006: Billboard Latin Music Awards: Nominated: "Best Salsa Single" for "Tu Eres"

Discography

Albums

Year Album U.S. Pop Albums U.S. Dance Albums U.S. Latin Pop Albums U.S. Tropical Albums
1985 I Want Your Love - - - -
1987 Brenda K. Starr 58 - - -
1990 By Heart - - - -
1997 Te Sigo Esperando - - - -
1998 No Lo Voy a Olvidar - - - -
2000 Petalos de Fuego - - - 15
2002 All Time Greatest Hits - - - -
2002 Temptation - - 28 3
2004 So Good: 12" Club Collection - - - -
2005 Atrevete a Olvidarme - - - 9

Singles

Year Song U.S. Pop U.S. R&B U.S. Club/Dance U.S Dance Singles Sales U.S. Latin Pop U.S. Latin Airplay U.S. Tropical Airplay
1985 "Pickin' Up Pieces" - 83 9 - - - -
1987 "Breakfast In Bed"/"Desayuno De Amor" - - 18 - 6 - -
1988 "I Still Believe" 13 - - - - - -
1988 "What You See Is What You Get" 24 - 6 - - - -
1988 "Straight From The Heart" - - - - - - -
1991 "No Matter What" (with George Lamond) 49 - - - - - -
1991 "If You Could Read My Mind" - - - - - - -
1993 "So In Love" - - - - - - -
1997 "Herida" - - - - 28 14 1
1998 "Si Mi Preguntan Por Ti" - - - - - - 10
1999 "I Still Believe/Creo en Ti" - - - - - - 20
1999 "Señor Amante" - - - - - - 20
2000 "Pétalos de Fuego" - - - - - - 20
2000 "Only Love" - - - - - - -
2001 "Hold Me" - - - - - - -
2002 "Por Ese Hombre" - - - - 11 33 1
2002 "Rabia" (Bolero Son) - - - - - - 11
2005 "Tú Eres" - - - - - - 19
2005 "Atrévete a Olvidarme" - - - - - - 21
2006 "Dámelo" - - - - - - -

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