NEW 2018 EP

"HOLD ON TO LOVE"

by BRENDA REYNOLDS

Formerly of the hit disco/funk group Positive Force
 

Announcing the release of Brenda Reynolds' latest 2018 EP project, "Hold On To Love",  produced by the Legendary Smooth Jazz multi-instrumentalist, Bob Baldwin, and a host of super talented artists - premiering on Sony distribution.

" A Groove-filled, Funkified, Shiny Soulful Sensation! "

A foreword from Chief Executive Officer - Jachin James


Brenda Reynolds, former lead vocalist and writer of Positive Force hits such as "We Got The Funk", "Tell Me What You See" and "Today It Snowed",  returns to popular music.


Chameleon Entertainment, LLC, City Sketches Inc. and Sony Distribution, are pleased to announce the upcoming release of Brenda Reynolds's latest EP project, "Hold On To Love", produced by the legendary smooth-jazz multi-instrumentalist, Bob Baldwin, and a host of super talented artists, to premier on Sony distribution.


Chameleon Entertainment LLC and City Sketches Inc., would like to send out a heartfelt word of thanks for the continued support you have provided Brenda over the years and whether you know it or not, you have helped her stay encouraged and keep it pushing even when times in life were rough or unexpected circumstances would appear.  In the words of Bob Baldwin, "We all go through things in life, some things are inevitable: A smile, pain, change, success/failure, and for some, spiritual destiny, some of which we have little or no control over."  Through this CD, however, Brenda hopes you enjoy the positive energy that was used to create this body of work.  Peace and Godspeed.


Jachin James

CEO/President, Chameleon Ent.

Brenda Reynolds

 A message from Brenda

 

  I pray that you all are receiving this message in good spirits and the best of health.  Also, I'm pleased to announce the upcoming release of my latest EP project, "Hold On To Love", produced by the Legendary Smooth Jazz multi-instrumentalist Bob Baldwin, to premier on Sony distribution.  In 1988, Roberta Flack selected him as the Sony Innovators Award winner in a highly publicized new-artist-signing contest...leading to signing a deal with Atlantic Records music mogul Sylvia Robinson. Bob has worked with with such Jazz and Pop stars like George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr. (RIP), Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Kirk Whalum, Phil Perry, Gerald Veasley, Chuck Loeb, (RIP) Bob James, and Chieli Minucci, to name a select few. 

 

My new EP features smooth-jazz instrumentalist / producer/ Bob Baldwin,  the sensuous sax of Marion Meadows, the dynamic hit-songwriting collaboration of Bob Baldwin and Porter Carroll Jr., gifted axeman Rhon Lawrence, the smooth vocals of Ragan Whiteside, soulful producer/drummer Dennis Johnson, the phenominal axe work of Phil Hamilton. and the soulful songwriting  talents of Harrisburg, PA's Native Sons, Guy (Hasid) and Bernie Stevenson.

 

I would like to send out a heartfelt word of thanks for the continued support you have provided me over the years and whether you know it or not, you have helped me stay encouraged, focused, and to keep  pushing during the times in my life that appeared uncertain.  I thank you so very much!  

 

Yours Truly,   

  • Brenda Reynolds

 

"Hold On To Love"  EP Available Now

" A Groove-filled, Funkified, Shiny Soulful Sensation! "

SmoothJazzGlobal.com,  2018

Brenda Reynolds' Biography 

By A. Scott Galloway - Music Journalist 


Brenda Reynolds 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.

Brenda Reynolds
We Got The Funk 3k

Mural by Chris Foraita, Wien  # 14/11/13 -  Berlin, Germany

Brenda Reynolds

Art Work by Crystal Wagner | Photo by Czar Photography

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.

 

Brenda Reynolds was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania always loving to sing. Her vocal heroines were Chaka Khan (for her bold sexiness and fire), Minnie Riperton (for her heavenly effortless high notes), Phyllis Hyman (for her strong, sultry sound), and Sharon Bryant (for her declarative and sensual voice) As a teenager, she became part of a local band called Positive Force. Musician Nate Edmonds, who had left Harrisburg and become entrenched in the Stang Records label of Joe & Sylvia Robinson (best known for launching male vocal trio The Moments) brought the band to their company. In full effect, Positive Force was the first R&B/Funk band signed to what became Sugarhill Records just before it exploded into the label that launched Rap and Hip Hop worldwide. The first single they dropped was “We Got The Funk.”

 

“I thought I had made it,” Brenda reflects. “Sylvia was dancing around Joe in their beautiful home in Englewood, New Jersey to ‘We Got The Funk’, and we charted for 12 weeks over in Europe. I just wanted to sing. We came out just before “Rappers Delight.” As the rap 12” single started to build, we found ourselves selling copies out of our cars, and hitting up club DJs… all in vain.”

 

Following one month promoting the record on a tour in Africa, Positive Force returned home and shortly after disbanded. It was a shame because beyond the single, Brenda had been featured as the singer and primary lyricist on highlights of the full album such as “Tell Me What You See” (a sweet guitar bossa) and “Today it Snowed” (a dreamy ballad). Joe Robinson and Nate Edmonds tried to get her to leave the band and go solo – a typical record executive then and now – but apprehension and loyalty kept her from going that route.

 

Now it’s time for good fortune to shine on Brenda Reynolds as she works with husband Jachin James and Bob Baldwin to reclaim what’s rightfully hers. “I would like the opportunity to realize what I believe in my heart, that I was put here to do,” Brenda concludes. “To bring a nice sound to an appreciative audience, and put some of my friends to work. It’s not just about me. I want to help other musicians do what we all love to do.”

 

And with that. Brenda Reynolds Returns - with sheen, sparkle and sophistication.

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Contact Brenda Reynolds Music​​​​​​​

MANAGEMENT

Nate Edmonds @ Chameleon Ent.

chameleonentllc@gmail.com
+1 215.529.5801

 

BOOKING INQUIRIES

Nate Edmonds @ Chameleon Ent.

booking@brendareynoldsmusic.com
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RADIO PROMOTION

Jason Gorov @ Gorov Music

info@gorovmusic.com

+1 702.492.4965

WEB + SOCIAL + CREATIVE

Traci Brown | Nate Edmonds

online@brendareynoldsmusic.com

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