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Brenda Lee Eager, Highly Acclaimed Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist, and Playwright

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From the farm county of Lower Peachtree, North of Mobile Alabama, you might not expect a chart-topping musical powerhouse to emerge, and yet Brenda Lee Eager did just that. Beyond her original songs recorded by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Prince, Brenda has a heart and voice as big as the world - having performed with the most important artists in American music history: Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Graham Nash, and the inimitable Ray Charles.

Brenda started her singing career like so many other greats… in church. Having established a secure partnership between her music and her spiritual path, she moved to Chicago, landing the coveted female lead with Jerry Butler's group (Motown). Eventually, sharing leads with Jerry on their famous Billboard “Certified Gold” hits, “Ain't Understanding Mellow” and “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” made BRENDA LEE EAGER a star in her own right!

These accolades alone, though momentous, are but a small part of what still makes Brenda a force to be reckoned with. Over the years, penning songs for some of the music industry’s most successful recording artists, most notably PRINCE, Brenda has gained the respect of her showbiz peers, for being a powerful writer and lyricist. Brenda inherently understands the relationship between storytelling and the song. Every song she creates retains a compelling sense of narrative - never losing sight of a deep humanity encapsulated in the melody and lyric.

Brenda is no stranger to the theatre and has joined forces with Catherine Kinsman and Ben Dowling to write the musical “Spiral” — a powerful story that addresses human civilization and its relationship with nature and indigenous cultures around the world.

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