is the pearl in the shell sitting much too long on the mantle. She’s a soft, sensual explosion aching to happen…the perennial that the faithful have patiently waited to bloom. She is a singer once part of a band that scored a hometown hit that took her to London and Africa. Suddenly, the Soul Music universe is now on notice - about to be whisked back into sweet sublime via the warm, wonderful vibration of Brenda’s overdue debut, Hold On To Love. Overseen by producer/piano man Bob Baldwin, the project is as appropriately and lovingly crafted as music should be when the lady of the hour waited through raising two daughters to finally have her day in the sun.
At the heart of Brenda’s rich, most righteous return is a pair of love songs that melt in your mind like aural chocolate…blissfully uncluttered, celestially jazz-tinged, and pure in their sultry soulfulness. “Hold On To Love” is a spacey spirit rejuvenator about believing in love, soul-spinning in synthesizers and finger snaps as Brenda grabs you with tasteful leads and wraparound backgrounds. This was the initial number that Brenda worked on with Baldwin thanks to her husband/writing partner Jachin James reaching out to him after a chance meeting at the Keswick Theater. Jachin asked Bob to listen to “Hold On To Love’ as it was written. “Initally Bob asked what Brenda’s age was, based on her youthful, yet mature sultry sound and vocal range,” Jachin shares. “When I told him her age, he knew we had something special here. That’s when the trips up and down the highway from Harrisburg, PA to Westchester County, New York started – three-and-a-half hours each way!”
Brenda didn’t mind the road trips… she was determined. Brenda becomes very engaged with lyrics and melodies which leaves blessed space within the track. Brenda’s natural approach to singing is economical but emotional…truly getting the intention of a song clearly across. One day she tracked vocals for 8 hours straight. Bob works the same way – no time nonsense. During one recording session, Bob was trying to figure out how broad Brenda’s vocal range is. It was during that recording session that he coined her “The Chameleon…” and that’s where Brenda and Jachin’s Chameleon Entertainment and Productions, LLC was born.
Next came the whispered pillow talk persuasion of “You’ll Never Know A Lover,” co-penned by Baldwin with original Atlantic Starr writer/producer Porter Carroll III. It was one of several songs Bob had given her. Brenda fell in love with it and holed up in her bathroom for the sympathetic acoustics to buff her leads and backgrounds to perfection. She even added the line, “She’s not the one you need” to the backgrounds in a moment of fervent inspiration in the studio.
“The lyrics and the storyline were so real to me,” Brenda confesses. “Singing them was like telling my own story. We’ve all been there – when someone is about to walk out and you didn’t want them to give up so soon. Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. I was so focused that I sang most of that song in one take. The song challenged me and showed me I could step up my game. I’m very proud of it.”
Because Brenda has waited so long for this time to come – watching other entities make money on her legacy while she was left out of the earnings - she has also turned her laser attention to a remake of the song that brought her sparkling voice to radio stations throughout the US and abroad, back in 1979 – a groovin’ and enduring club anthem entitled “We Got The Funk” that she originally recorded with the band Positive Force for the Turbo/All Platinum label which soon after changed its name to Sugarhill Records. Today, Brenda is serving it in a U.K. club single of FOUR brand new mixes: Bob Baldwin’s Master Mix, Dennis Jonson’s “Uppa Room Mix,” a rap mix (featuring Antonio Hinton) and an instrumental version featuring Bob on keys, and Phil Hamilton on guitar. The quartet of mixes will also be banded with the bonus b-side “Only Baby,” Brenda’s effervescent stab at international club pop.
As the world is about to find out, there is little to nothing that Brenda Reynolds can’t do with the engaging all-natural instrument that is her voice. ...