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Brenda Lynn Allen
Brenda was born and raised in the shadows of music city in the small town of Columbia, Tennessee. She has been singing as far back as she can remember.
“When I was a kid I always liked to sing. I fell in love with country music when I was about eight years old. My grandfather passed away and left us his old records. I played the Patsy Cline albums over and over and learned the songs. I sang them for anyone that wanted to listen. My dad told me that I should never turn down a request to sing. I’ve always tried my best to listen to that wonderful advice”
When Brenda was in her early teens she began learning chords on the white Washburn guitar that her parents gave her for Christmas. When she was in her late teens Brenda began turning the poetry she had been writing for years into songs and when she was in her early twenties she began playing her original tunes at writer’s nights in Nashville. Brenda continues to play the popular Songwriter’s venues such as the Commodore, Bluebird Café and Dave & Buster’s just to name a few.
For the past couple of years Brenda has been promoting her debut album entitled “Thoughts of Me and You”. The album was produced by Russ Hicks, Hall of Fame steel guitarist. The album features seven of Brenda’s original tunes that can best be described as straight from her heart. Brenda also recorded some of her favorite country classics such as “Wayward Wind” and “I Still Miss Someone”.
Brenda has been seen and heard on the stages of historic lower Broadway in downtown Nashville at venues such as Honky Tonk Central and The Wheel with her band. She has been a guest at Nashville Nightlife Theatre, been featured on The Performing Writer Showcase Series, Kix96 FM’s Grinder’s Switch Hour, radio shows from Nashville to Europe as well as the Steel Guitar Showcases in Nashville, Texas and Alabama. Brenda performs with some of the very best musicians in Nashville. Just last year she performed with the old “Coal Miner Band” at the steel guitar jamboree for a Loretta Lynn tribute show.
Although Brenda has been entertaining most of her life at local shows in her small town it has just been in the last few years that her life has worked out to pursue the musical career she’d always planned on. For the last three years Brenda has been known as the “Junkyard Girl Singer” in the small town of Fairview. Brenda sings with Binkley’s Junkyard Band most Friday nights.
“I always call it my real start. Some of the very best musicians play out there for a crowd of about a hundred or more every Friday night. Dan Binkley owns and runs an auto salvage business. He has a hobby of playing the guitar so he hires a band to come play for the community. He opens up his doors free of charge. I’ve met some of the greatest people out there, on the stage as well as on the dance floor and in the seats. When I first started singing out there Weldon Myrick was on the steel guitar. Doyle Grisham now plays out there when he is not on the road with Jimmy Buffett. Jan Jones plays the drums most Fridays. He is also the president of the Nashville Steel Guitar Association. You never know who you will see out there playing on that stage. I’ve had the pleasure of singing with some of the most talented musicians. It’s still unbelievable to me sometimes. I met Russ Hicks when he was playing bass guitar out at the junkyard one night. He approached me about making an album. We worked on it off and on for about six months and released it in September of 2011. Since the album came out great things have seemed to snowball”.
'Heart and Soul', Brenda's music is full of both.
I love what I hear when she sings,
and it's nice to see her heart when
she connects with people, on and off the stage.
When she's performing her delivery is awesome, as well as her smile.”