Brenda Holloway was an American soul singer signed to Motown records in the 1960s.
She spent her early life in Los Angeles, there learning to play instruments and sing for her church, and went on to provide backing vocals for local R&B groups. She began recording for several different labels and working with Hal Davis. Hal invited her to a party that Berry Gordy was attending and Brenda lip-synced a Mary Wells song. Berry liked what he saw (and was subsequently impressed by her singing), and signed her to Motown in 1963.
She released several successful singles and two albums during her time at the label (nevertheless much of her material remained unreleased), but left in the late 1960s, going on to record material for Holland-Dozier-Holland’s Invictus label after they left Motown and even a gospel album in the 1980s. She had originally left Motown (mid-way through a recording session with Smokey Robinson, apparently) over her fear of being drawn into a lifestyle which conflicted with her religious convictions.
Brenda remained largely retired from the music industry until the 1990s, when she recorded several singles and an album for Ian Levine’s Motorcity Records. She has since returned to her recording career, and continues to perform today.