About Eden Brent
Eden Brent's piano playing and singing style ranges from a melancholic whisper to a full-blown juke joint holler. She's simultaneously confident and confiding, blending an earthy meld of jazz, blues, soul, and pop as she huskily invites listeners into her lazy, lush world.
That world lies just north of Greenville, Mississippi on the two-lane Highway 1, where Brent developed her gutsy vocal-and-piano chops via a 16-year apprenticeship with the late blues pioneer Boogaloo Ames, who ultimately dubbed her "Little Boogaloo."
"Music school taught me to think, but Boogaloo taught me to boogie-woogie," says Brent, who appeared alongside her mentor in the 1999 PBS documentary Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound and in the South African production Forty Days in the Delta.
Yet much more than the blues flows through Brent's talented hands. Critics laud her "Bessie Smith meets Diana Krall meets Janis Joplin" attitude, compare her to jazz/pop dynamos Norah Jones and Sarah Vaughn, and wax effusively about her "whiskey-smoke" voice, which serves as a constant reminder that Greenville, nestled into a bend of the Mississippi River, is located a few hundred miles north of New Orleans.
Whether booked as a solo artist or bandleader, Brent's performance is fresh and spontaneous, often filled with audience requests and participation. Her unshakable talent and her carefree demeanor have taken her across the country and around the world, with appearances at the Kennedy Center, a Republican National Convention, the venerable Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and tours of South Africa and Norway. Sharing a bill with B.B. King, Brent performed at the 2005 presidential inauguration.
Brent has taken her place as one of the fresh voices propelling this vital American music forward. As Chip Eagle, publisher of Blues Revue, BluesWax, and Dirty Linen says, "In Eden's huge playing and singing you can hear the ghosts of Mississippi in duet with the future of the blues."