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Soul Sisters Brenda Lee Eager and Patti Henley are spreading the message of racial equality and humanity through the power of music! Something they learned as the Piperettes, singing for MLK & Jesse Jackson’s Operation Breadbasket Civil Rights movement in the early 70’s. They are traveling to schools, public meetings and meeting with leadership across the country!
LEGENDARY SINGER, SONGWRITER, ACTRESS, COMPOSER
This incredible songstress and accomplished songwriter captivates audiences with a soulfuldelivery uniquely her own. Listening to Brenda singing with , Roberta Flack,Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Donny Hathaway, Graham Nash, Ray Charles, Mavis Staples, Stevie Wonder, among many others, takes us back to a time when soul-filled singing, whether silky-smooth or raw and passionate, was the order of the day.
This seasoned vocalist has received accolades from some of the greatest entertainers in the business. “Ooh, the way Brenda Lee Eager sings, OOH Baby”, smiles the legendary Smokey Robinson. Fellow singer songwriterTeena Marie credits Brenda Lee Eager as an influence in developing her own style; “The first time I heard Brenda Lee Eager I was sixteen years old and I was blown away by her range and yet sweet tone. I studied her records like I was in school. Brenda Lee was truly one of my teachers.” Long time friend Mavis Staples affectionately says that Brenda Lee is a “Bad Montana”, and the great singer Rev. O. C. Smith compliments “Brenda’s voice is simply the most angelic voice I have ever heard”. Composer, of the songs We Were There, and I Am Somebody from the stage play “We Were There”, Brenda has also written songs for Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, Pop Staples, Cliff Richard, The Manhattans, Gladys Night, Peaches and Herb, and recently a Platinum single with the artist formally known as Prince. Shirley Brown of “Woman to Woman” fame has recorded three of Brenda’s tunes. Aretha Franklin and so many others continue to request her material.
Brenda’s first taste of Musical Theater was with Della Reese, who cast Brenda as one of the lead roles in her musical “The Message is in the Music”. Recently, Brenda returned from Europe where she co-starred with the legendary Blues singer Maine Weldon in the hit musical “Wild Woman Blues”. In addition, Brenda Lee has taught songwriting for theQuincy Jones Workshop in Los Angeles, and today is a consultant for many aspiring songwriters.Brenda is a kindred spirit, who’s passion runs deep for up and coming artists. She will be launching her Singers, Songwriters, Session in August.
Currently, Ms. Eager is performing her One Woman Play, “Grace”: The Brenda Lee Eager Story throughout Southern California.
THE INCREDIBLE PATTI HENLEY : VOCALIST, ACTRESS, PRODUCER, PLAYWRITE, EDUCATOR
VOCALIST: Patti is diverse and delicious….. from being featured with the Tuscany Symphony to singing the national anthem at the Bill Pickens annual Rodeo, to performing as vocal accompaniment, for Roberta Flack, Micheal Bolton, Jerry Butler, Diana Ross, Tower Of Power, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Laura Branigan, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Kenny G, and more. Her global travels have taken her on many World Tours as live backup, with Motown icon Smokey Robinson. Over 25 years she recorded several albums with him. including albums, “Smokey’s Family Robinson”, “Quiet Storm”, and paired with him in on stage duets. Patti is one third of a family gospel trio, the “Henleys”. Brothers Robert iii, Ronald, and she appear in concert throughout the country. The Henleys were featured vocalist at the Memorial Musical Celebration in honor of Coretta Scott King at Ebenezer Baptist church, in Atlanta Georgia
ACTRESS: Always captivating and spellbinding she breathes excitement, and credibility into each character. Patti currently tours with the Paul Morse Acting Company, Artist In Residence, at the Los Angeles Music Center. She stars in the role of Harriet Tubman, in Letters To Harriet. Patti sparkled with her one woman show Sing America…while entertaining the Chinese consulate. Other theatre credits include: Achieving the Dream, written and starring the late Yolanda King, Porgy & Bess with the Los Angeles Civic Opera. Mary, the mother of Jesus in the West Angeles Performing Arts production of Oh Mary Don’t You Weep, Angela in the musical, Rejoice. The Message Is In The Music, written and directed by Touch By An Angel’s Della Reese. Voices From The Past, Black People Who Knew, Cermonies In Dark Old Men, South Pacific, Lady Day in the Billie Holiday Story…..and more.
PRODUCER: Ms. Henley served as producer for the Hollywood Black Film Festival’s opening night Red Carpet Gala, at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood, and the Closing Night Award Ceremony, “A Tribute To Black Cinema: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”. This event was hosted by Comedian J. Anthony Brown, and comedic actress Paula Jai Parker . Included were tributes to Barbershop director, Tim Story, Producer/Writer Saladin Patterson, of the Fighting Temptations, and the Bernie Mac Show. Also independent Filmmaker Charles Burnett. In subsequent years she returned Producing an opening night tribute to veteran photographer Bill Jones. The Closing Night Awards were hosted, by Corey Reynolds, and Gina Ravera, costars of TNT’s “The Closer”.
EDUCATOR: She has designed A unique music and drama program for youth. “I Am A Promise” is a fun way of learning the basicstri-love.weebly.com
PLAYWRITE: Ms Henley penned the new musical “We Were There”, one woman shows Musiversal, and Sing America. Ms Henley has written produced several stage plays for children, and is currently Developing a web series “The Armants”
Patti attended Eureka College in Eureka Ill. In Los Angeles she studied voice with Nathan Lamb, at Simon Wiesenthal Academy, scene study and advanced theatre at the Kilpatric-Cambridge actors workshop at Warner Bros. Studios