b. 1952, Warwick
Brenda Bennett began her recording career in 1973 singing with Rhode Island band Ken Lyon and Tombstone. In the early '80s she was a member of the Prince protegé bands Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6, and appeared in the movie Purple Rain. It's her voice singing the "Oh-ooo-woh"s in the chorus of the Bangles hit "Manic Monday." More recently, she released solo albums in 2011, (A Capella), and 2020, (Once Again). She resides in Jamestown.
Bennett was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2015.