Providence, RI, September 23, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Platinum-selling recording artist and RI Music Hall of Fame Inductee Brenda Bennett will perform her new CD "Once Again"in order and in its entirety on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street in Cumberland, RI.
Joining Bennett will be her co-producer and engineer of "Once Again," George Dussault on guitar and vocals, along with Betsy Listenfelt on acoustic guitar and vocals, Sharlene Denardo on bass, Matt Demick on drums, and Theresa Ronan on keyboards. There will be a 30-minute opening set by How's About Charlie, an acoustic vocal trio from Providence featuring Amanda Centrella, Nicole Gauthier, and Beth Killian.
In the mid '80s, Bennett, who had recorded and sung the world over as a member of Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6, as well as one of the stars of the iconic film "Purple Rain," was to record a solo album under the guise of her mentor Prince. It never came to be.
After a farewell concert in 2016, Bennett told journalists she planned to take it easy. The possibility of a 2nd album after her solo CD of 2011, 'A Capella,' was not out of the cards, but also not a priority.
It was here when fate intervened. When Prince passed in April of 2016, not only were his fans left shocked, but his former associates and collaborators including Bennett were blindsided. While Prince was laid down to eternal rest, a flame ignited inside Bennett and thoughts returned to that unrecorded solo album from the 1980s that Prince had discussed with her. What was once a destiny had became an afterthought and a missed opportunity. But was it?
Tapping into the energy of her unfinished Prince-produced solo album, and armed with a historic backlog of material from that period as well as some strong new songs, Bennett embarked on the recording of "Once Again." Inspired by her grief and the legacy of her mentor, Brenda dove headfirst into the sessions. The album that was never made in the 1980s was now going to be made. Encouraged by her fans' response, Bennett embarked on a creative journey that would put certain ghosts to rest, ignite new fires, close some of the doors to the past, and open new ones for the future.
Bennett attacks these tracks with a furor and fire that expands on the more cerebral "A Capella." The songs on 'Once Again' span from the '70s to the present and touch on many of the different styles that Brenda has sung throughout her career. The album closes with a profound reading of the song that Prince intended for Bennett, "17 Days," featuring her son Dylan on co-lead vocals.
On "Once Again," Bennett reaches her full potential as an artist, singer, and musical force. The ten tracks unfold like a journey through time touching on loss, gain, power, love, life, and death. This album is a career best and a personal triumph. Prince would be very proud.
Says Bennett, "Life's mysteries and highways are not always explained to us. We are met with certain destinies - some of which are fulfilled and some which remain open-ended, never to be chased. Some doors in life we are lucky to enter and close behind us while others stay slightly ajar, swinging and teasing with a taunting nag."
Bennett joined the creative family of Big Noise in early 2018.
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