Brenda Morie(Go here for a hi-res picture of Brenda)
"If you like jazz with a contemporary flair and a bit of something extra (it's a wonderful departure to hear a flute featured predominantly on a jazz record), this will fit your jazz hankerings quite well."
Allison King of Go Triad
Brenda's instruments: Cantabile open hole Trevor James B foot Silver Flute, with a Yamaha Grenadilla head joint, Vocals, Fender Telecaster, Ovation and Gibson guitars, Pennywhistles, Harmonicas and Korg keyboard.
Brenda Morie is Canadian born and from Edmonton, Alberta. As a child music was always important to her and by 18 she joined The Spirit River String Band, touring western Canada, playing banjo, pennywhistles and guitar. At 21, she was leading the popular jazz-rock fusion band, Terra.
Soon Brenda became known with numerous television and radio appearances and specials; these included the internationally syndicated The Tommy Banks Show, as well as the national Sun Country Show hosted by Ian Tyson. She also hosted two internationally distributed Brenda Morie CFCN television specials.
She frequently performed with guitarist Amos Garrett, known for his unique and infamous style on Maria Muldar's Midnight At The Oasis.
Brenda's career soon brought her to Southern California where she found herself playing in the company of some of Los Angeles' top musicians. Co-writing, recording and performing with jazz artist and Doobie Brother's drummer; Chet McCracken, they reached the jazz chart's with After the Rain and the appropriately named Through Brenda's Eyes.
Brenda toured with Nancy Sinatra, and lent her voice to motion picture sound tracks of Homegrown with Billy Bob Thornton and Jamie Lee Curtis, Rhapsody in Bloom with Penelope Ann Miller and Ron Silver, and Going All The Way with Ben Affleck and Rose McGowan.
Family brought Brenda to the Triad in the fall of 2000. She quickly established herself in the local music scene, with the Triad's best musicians performing repeatedly for the Winston-Salem events such as the 4th St. Jazz and Blues and Trade St. Festivals, The Rowan Blues
Jazz Festival in Salisbury, The Reynolda House Museum, and Tanglewood's Summer Festival with The Piedmont Wind Symphony.
Brenda released a solo jazz CD, Meant To Be highly reviewed in late 2004/2005 and is currently working on a new recording.
In the fall of 2005 Brenda produced a CD of 15 Childrens' choirs to raise funds to help support the Amani Children's Foundation in conjunction with New Life Homes in Kenya. All the profits from the CD go to care for abandoned babies of Aids victims.
Since Brenda has relocated to Winston Salem she has continued with her work on feature films with featured voice overs on: Red Thread, ADR and original source music on the western Truce, two film festivals as well as several commercials for industrial video, Brenner's Children hospital, and Old Salem.
Additionally in 2006, she performed on Ron Hunter's Blues CD where the tracks she performed on made it to number one on the Blues charts in Canada and Sweden; and she recorded for Winston-Salem, NC, Centenary United Methodist Church Chancel Choir,"We'll Shout and Give Him Glory" CD.
Since Brenda has relocated to Savannah, Georgia, she has begun recording a new CD with Savannah Jazz Ambassador bassist, Ben Tucker, of Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn and Herbie Mann, as well as five time Grammy- nominated, mandolin player, Tony Williamson and Jeff Autry, guitarist for the John Cowan band.