Brenda's Music Recording Project

$7,000 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 23 months
Brenda Bennett  JAMESTOWN, RI

In 1982 a trio of sassy and funky songstresses named Vanity 6 took the world by storm with a self-titled debut album and hit single "Nasty Girl" - Vanity, Susan and myself making our mark on the soul-pop world with our unique brand of funk, camp, and fun.


In 1984 Apollonia Kotero was brought in to front the group and star as the leading female in Prince's "Purple Rain" film.  The ensuing album, Apollonia 6 was another slice of pop heaven and was just as popluar if not more so than the Vanity 6 album with 3 of the songs co-penned and highlighted by my lead vocal on; "Blue Limousine", the effervescent "A Million Miles (I Love You)" and "Some Kind of Lover".

Throughout that time blueprints were laid for a solo album co-written and produced by Prince and myself.  As happens,  many times in life plans were made, tracks were laid; the ultimate "groovin-funk number "17 Days" being one of them; but circumstances and detours hindered the project and it was never completed.


In earlier 2016 talk and plans with Prince occurred.  An old friendship was rekindled, unfinished plans were put back into motion to complete that solo album, and the future seemed bright and purple.


On the morning of April 21st 2016, all of this changed.  The unexpected and untimely death of Prince sent the world into shock.  Behind the scenes - the impact felt by his close friends and associates has been suffocating and devastating.  One man single-handedly started a musical revolution and gathered some of the greatest musicians of our time to his purple family.  A world without Prince seems unimaginable and yet, for my part, I am ready to carry on some of that legacy.  With the help of you, the fans, I can complete this project his untimely death put a hold on.


Combining the earthy elements of my 2011 release "A Capella" with some of the soul-pop sensibility of the Vanity/Apollonia material - this new forthcoming solo album, I believe, will have made Prince proud.  From the response of so many fans in the social media engines to those I had the pleasure of speaking with directly at the tribute shows to Prince at First Avenue in Minneapolis the consensus was all the same...."When are we going to hear more music from Brenda!?!?!?!"


I have a modest goal I am trying to achieve for the cost and expenses of this project in the amount of $7,000.00.  Please understand...the more money I am able to raise, the more music I will be able to give you on this disc.  For those of you willing to be a part of this in support and contribute to my fund, I am offering a number of incentives for your pleasure and for the benefit of this project.


I have been blessed with the gift of a voice and I would like to "Once Again" share it with you.

INCENTIVES:

$50.00 or more -
Will ship to anywhere in the world

Free copy of pre-released disc of "Once Again" with limited edition poster by famed rock music legends artist Cynthia Blair ( http://www.cynthiablair.com).  This picture poster is a one-time item exclusive for those of you contributing and will not be seen anywhere else.

$150.00 - 
Will ship to anywhere in the world

The first 3 people to donate $150.00 will receive a
4" X 6" early black & white promo photo of Vanity 6 laminated with autographs on back including 2" button pin of rare promo shot.  Also included is a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$250.00 -
Will ship to anywhere in the world

A signed copy of the new disc,  "Once Again" with your name and special thanks on the liner notes. 

$300.00 - 
Will ship to anywhere in the world

The first 2 people to contribute $300.00 will receive a rare 26 1/2" X 16 3/4" promo poster  made for the Latino market for the single "Sex Shooter" along with a signed copy of  the new disc, "Once Again"

$350.00 - 
Will ship to anywhere in the world

The first 2 people to contribute $350.00 will receive a 4" X 6" black & white promo photo of Vanity 6 laminated with autographs on the back - a Vanity 6 lipstick pin in original packaging and a Vanity 6 fabric sew-on badge and a signed copy of  the new disc, "Once Again".

$400.00 - 
Will ship to anywhere in the world

The first person to contribute $400.00 will receive a 45 rpm record of  the single "Blue Limosuine" on the A side and "Some Kind of Lover" on the B side.  Rare release of 2 Brenda Bennett songs from the Warner Bros. platinum album, "Sex Shooter" by Apollonia 6 along with a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$450.00 -
Will ship to anywhere in the world

The first 3 people to contribute $450.00 will receive a 33 1/3 rpm record of the song "Sex Shooter" by Apollonia 6.  It has the album version as well as an extended dance version.  They will also receive a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$500.00 - 
WIll ship to anywhere in the world

The first person to contribute $500.00 will receive this 1984 - 45 rpm record of Prince's "When Dove's Cry" on the A side and with the rare Prince and Brenda Bennett recorded version of "17 Days" on the B side along with a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$500.00 - 
Will ship to anywhere in the world

The first person to contribute $500.00 will receive this 1984 - 45 rpm record - collectors edition - of Prince's "God" on the A side and with "Purple Rain" on the B side showing purple rain ralling along with a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$500.00 - 
Will ship anywhere in the world

The first person to contribute $500.00 will receive this 1987 - 45 rpm record of Prince's "You Got the Look" on the A side with "Housequake" on the B side.  This is on the early Paisely Park Records Label.  You will also receive a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$600.00 - 
Will ship anywhere in the world

The first person to contribute $600.00 will receive this floor length duster robe of black velvet and faux fur at color and cuffs.  Exclusive to promotion photos for my first solo album release of "A Capella".  Size:  Medium.  You will also receive a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again".

$1, 000.00 or more - 

Your name listed on the CD cover as executive producer. along with a signed copy of the new disc, "Once Again" and  a "Once Again" t-shirt.

ALL OF THE MEMORBILIA ITEMS ARE ORIGINAL

I will do my best to keep you all informed along the way posting progress reports as I proceed with the recordings.

Estimated delivery of the "Once Again" CD - 
October 2017

I want to thank Cynthia Blair and Noreen Berthiaume for the fabulous photos and Jeremy Gloff for your assistance in compiling this campaign.
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Update 5
Posted by Brenda Bennett
13 months ago
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Hello and heartfelt greetings to all my friends out there - old, new, and those yet to be.
I promised I would keep you up to date on what's going on with the recording project and so here I am. First off...please forgive me for being silent for so long. Have really been working hard in the studio and in between the moments life makes her demands known.

The best news is....ALL of the recording, mixing and mastering is DONE - and a damned fine job it is as well.. I can't say enough how excited I am at the results. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears has gone into these past 16 months trying to get to this point and SO glad am I the finished product is finally in sight.
There's even a suprise bounus track I know you'll be interested in hearing....say no more!

But in order to get this out to you, I need to raise that list amount of my goal on my Go Fund Me page. I have $1,380 left to raise and this new music can be available. If you have thought about contributing but haven't yet, please consider helping to raise this amount. All contributions of $25 or more will receive the disc with my compliments.
Remember....no amount is too small and a BIG thanks and hugs to those who have already donated. If you were to consider helping out one last time, I will have been blessed indeed. Meanwhile - here are some sweet samples of what you can expect on "Once Again".
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Update 4
Posted by Brenda Bennett
19 months ago
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Hello and exciting summer greetings to you all. I realize it's been quite a while since I was on here to give you an update and that's because I've been in the studio working hard on this project and have 4 solid songs "in the can". With the kind and generous help people have been giving by making their donations, I have $1, 980.00 left to go to reach my total goal of $7,000.
If you have already made a donation, I thank you and perhaps you would consider donating once again. If you haven't and have considered it, I urge you to please help...it's SO CLOSE to our goal and it would help to complete this musical adventure for your listening pleasure. I've had a donation as small as $5 and as large as $1,000. So you see - no donation is too big or too small. All donations help and are greatly appreciated. Please consider giving today.
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Update 3
Posted by Brenda Bennett
22 months ago
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20 March 2017
Warmest greetings to you all. So now it's back in the studio. Laid down the drums to the new track for "Once Again" - a number titled "Something's on Fire". It sounds great and I can't wait to get back in this weekend and get some more done. Don't really feel like myself unless I'm recording. Will be making a sampling of the song for you all to hear once I get it done. In the meantime.....
Please consider helping out with my GoFundMe campaign to help reach that goal. If I can't make the goal....I can't complete the project as planned.
I am incredibly grateful to all of those who have participate - and that means ALL of you. It doesn't matter how small or big your contribution in....all if it counts and all of it matters.
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Update 2
Posted by Brenda Bennett
22 months ago
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I'd like to apologize to those of you that have reached out to me wanting to make a donation and wasn't able to due to a problem with my Go FundMe page. I also want to thank you for alerting me to it as I hadn't known not receiving any notification. All is fixed and the page is fine.
As some of you know.....we've reached a little past the half way mark!!!! GREAT!!! BIG HUGS AND THANK YOUs to those who helped make this happen....and because of it, I will be going into the studio to begin some recording for this project. I hope to have a sample of the song I will be doing for you to get an idea of what I'm doing. It's a number I co-wrote with De Harris of "Fashion" fame from England and it's with "you-know-who" in mind....a funky little number called "Something's on Fire"

If your thinking of making a donation and haven't yet..don't forget...no amount is too small. All donations are welcome.
Prince & I during Purple Rain Tour
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Created January 28, 2017
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$135
Anonymous
15 days ago
$400
Anonymous
10 months ago
HD
$30
HERVE DEGA
10 months ago

happy to help a little and receive new music

JD
$200
Joe DiNola
10 months ago
MP
$50
Mary Puricelli
13 months ago
JE
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Jim Elliott
13 months ago

Wish I had more....

$50
Deanna Uranga
13 months ago

Have loved you since I was 15! Now as a 50 year old I am so pleased to give you a big thank you hug by donating to your project. You were the bad ass one always ♥

BW
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Bruce Wilson
13 months ago
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Mot Rentlek
13 months ago
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Brenda, It is a honor to help you with your endeavor, my brother Timi will be pleased. Much time has passed since the Wickford/Yorktown Manor days, perhaps that is where your journey began. I will help when you ask. Mot R

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Rhonda Pope
13 months ago
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