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Brenda K. Starr is an American singer-songwriter who was one of the biggest names in freestyle music during the 1980’s. Her Grammy-nominated #1 pop ballad, “I Still Believe”, peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Starr also landed a role in the 1984 hip-hop film, Beat Street, where she portrayed herself as a singer at an open-mic audition. Two of her songs were on that film’s soundtrack, “I Still Believe” and the club/dance smash, “What You See is What You Get”.
Many fans don’t know this but, Starr was born as Brenda Kaplan to a Jewish American father, organist Harvey Kaplan (also known as Harvey Kaye of the 1960s band, “The Spiral Starecase”) and a Puerto Rican Roman Catholic mother. While on hiatus to build her family, Starr decided to learn Spanish. A few years later, Starr successfully reinvented herself as a Salsa/Tropical and Latin Pop artist earning herself nominations by the Latin Grammy and Billboard Latin Music Awards. In 2002, Starr’s, “Por Ese Hombre” was nominated, “Best Salsa Single” and “Temptation” was nominated, “Best Salsa Album” by the Latin Grammy Awards. And in 2006, Starr’s “Tu Eres” was nominated, “Best Salsa Single” by the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Today, Starr is shifting from singing Salsa to a new sensual and sexy Bachata with her new bilingual single, “Yo Te Extraño Tanto / I Miss You Like Crazy”. Check it out on Starr’s website: http://www.brendakstarr.com or on iTunes. In her personal life, Starr is getting ready to welcome a grandchild in January. Her daughter Kayla’s baby shower cupcakes and tower will be provided by Brooklyn Cupcake! Many people don’t know this either… “our” Carmen used to sing free-style back in the day too! 😉