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After landing her first professional theater gig at age 11, moving to New York City on her own to study with Broadway veterans at age 17, and spending her early 20s leading jazz bands back home in Missouri, Brenna Whitaker headed to L.A. and started setting up a series of residencies that eventually attracted fans like Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Michael Bublé and caught the attention of Verve Music Group chairman and 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster. The first new artist Foster has agreed to develop and produce since discovering Bublé, Whitaker is now set to release a debut album for Verve that finds her reviving a vast American jukebox of classic songs and revealing the full force of her stunning, soulful voice.
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The sound of the jazz underbelly is alive and well in Dubai this summer, courtesy of Brenna Whitaker / The National
The sound of jazz's underbelly is alive and well in Dubai this summer, courtesy of US singer Brenna Whitaker. She is the latest resident artist at Dubai's Qs Bar and Lounge, the intimate music venue curated by music producer Quincy Jones. For five nights a week, Whitaker and her three-pi...
Brenna Whitaker brings her classy band to Q's Bar & Lounge for three-month residency / Time Out Dubai
So far, it looks like summer 2019 is bucking the trend of seeing Dubai quieten down. Hollywood-based Brenna Whitaker will be bringing her classy jazz band to Q's Bar & Lounge for a three-month residency in the award-winning Al Jaddaf bar. With celebrity fans including Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, Whitaker was hand-picked by Quincy Jones himself (as are all acts at Q's) afte...
Brenna Whitaker - Jazz Weekly review
Vocalist Brenna Whitaker veers between various generations of styles on this soulful album. On one hand, she seems to have an affinity for 50s R&B, as she wails along on the doo wopper of "Misty Blue", goes noir and dramatic on "You Don't Own Me" and gets the juke joint jumping as she has fun on "I Can't Hear A Word You Say." On the other hand, she has a modern grown on "Love Back" and the synth lopi...