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Brenda Cochrane

Brenda Cochrane Overview

Brenda Cochrane, sometimes known as The Voice, is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest hidden talents. Brenda began singing semi-pro from the age of 12, working the tough Glasgow club circuit. At 14 she opened for the great Marty Robbins at the Glasgow Apollo. She trained as a teacher and when she moved to Abu Dhabi, took up singing alongside, performing at the Intercontinental Hotel. When she returned to Britain she recorded her debut album The Singer with the English Chamber Orchestra. She decided to audition for the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, and won the competition in 1989 with the largest ever recorded vote in the programme’s 26 year history. Her first album for Polydor Records entitled The Voice went gold in the autumn of 1990. Tours with Gene Pitney followed, including her first Royal Albert Hall performance. In 1991 Brenda was selected from 600 female vocalists worldwide to participate in the network US TV show International Star Search, winning her category to be named International Female Vocalist for 1992. On stage, she played the part of Mama Morton in the highly successful West End production of Chicago before developing her one-woman show Just For Joe which toured the UK in 2003. She has since gone on to perform all over the world in concerts and pantomimes.

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