|Nationality||United States of America|
|Genres||rhythm and blues|
|Birth name||Brenda Fuentes|
|Born||Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.|
Brenda Fuentes, better known by her stage name Bria Valente is an American singer. A protégée of Prince, Valente released her debut album, Elixer, as part of a three-album set with Prince's LOtUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND on March 29, 2009.
Valente was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She stated in an interview with Tavis Smiley that she first met Prince at the age of 17 at Paisley Park Studios while working with keyboardist Morris Hayes. She later moved to Los Angeles, California, and worked as a model and background dancer for Usher. Prince described it as a quiet storm-style album. The music review website Metacritic rated the album 49 out of 100, labeling it as having "mixed or average reviews", based on 12 reviews. The album was released through the website lotusflow3r.com, as well as exclusively through U.S. retailer Target.
As of 2010[update], Valente was Prince's girlfriend. She also became a Jehovah's Witness during this period. Purple Music, a Swiss-based record label released Bria Valente CD single "2 Nite" on February 23, 2012 as part of a Prince club remixes package including the single "Dance 4 Me" by Prince, which was released February 23, 2012.
Discography[edit | edit source]
- Elixer (2009), NPG Records – debut album, produced by Prince.
- 2nite (single) (2012), Purple Music Switzerland - remixes by David Alexander and Jamie Lewis, produced by Prince.