Doris Brendel, a singer of rare talent and pedigree, released her latest album, Upside Down World, in April 2015 on Sky-rocket Records recorded in conjunction with producer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dunham. The daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour, who were signed to Sony when they released their now revered, classic album ‘The Fire Sermon’ in 1991.
Various projects followed in the consequent years. A collection of recordings with ‘Violet Hour’ producer Pete Brown; an acoustic project featuring a collection of female singers including Sam Brown; A rock project called ‘Holy Cow’ funded by Polygram; a song writing project with producer Dave Beeson; even some dance records signed by Virgin and London Records respectively. Alongside these projects came a number of sessions and show band engagements.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Brendel made time for a dedicated album project, with the result of the exceptional ‘the Last Adventure’. This coincided with the re-release of the ‘Fire Sermon’ along with her back catalogue. This was closely followed by the highly acclaimed ‘Not Utopia’ released in 2012, and the first project with guitarist and producer Lee Dunham.
2015 saw the release of the latest chapter in her career: ‘Upside Down World’, once again reflecting her multi-faceted personality with an eclectic collection of songs popularly described as ‘Progressive Pop’, and produced by Lee Dunham. ‘Upside Down World’ spans pop, rock, prog and acoustic styles, confronting happy and sad topics with a humorous, angst-ridden style, blending them into a cocktail of sound and meaning. Think Janis Joplin or Skunk Anansie getting down with the Beatles and Muse.
Brendel is currently working on her 9th album due to be released early in 2017. Throughout her career she has toured with bands including Marillion, Nils Lofgren and John Farnham, and has just completed her 2nd tour with Wishbone Ash with great success – she even got onto the front page of the Edinburgh Evening News in Oct 2016 due to her unique performance. She has also done countless session work including Sam Brown; and has even sung and fronted for dance records with deals with Virgin and London Records.
Doris Brendel is one of the most accomplished and exciting live singers on the scene. Apart from first-class musicianship, she puts on incredibly visual shows, with outlandish steam-punk costumes and even laser gloves….
Doris Brendel, Lee Dunham – Going Out
Doris Brendel – The Devil Closed the Door On Me (ft Lee Dunham)
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