Biography Of Lisa McClendon (Gospel Artist)

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Edletha Lorraine Brailsford (born October 17, 1975; née, McClendon), who goes by the stage name Lisa McClendon, is an American gospel musician and Christian R&B artist. She started her music career, in 2002, with the release of My Diary, Your Life by Shabach Entertainment, but this did not chart. Her second album, Soul Music, released in 2003 by Epic Records and Integrity Gospel. This would be her Billboard magazine breakthrough release upon the Gospel Albums chart. The third album, Live from the House of Blues, was released in 2006 by Columbia Records alongside Epic Records and Integrity Gospel. The album would chart again, but this time around on the Heatseekers Albums chart as well. She would release an independent album on Blusoul Records in 2009, Reality, and this charted on the Gospel Albums chart. In 2015, she released the long await album 5AM, The Sound of Waking up to Him.

Henrie started working in music with local Christian artists like Izzo and Pete Odera as a background vocalist. She later featured predominantly in a 2002 compilation album ‘Rebirth’ produced by Soul Child Inc. Her career was catapulted after duel winning the KORA 2002 Best Artiste East Africa (with Eric Wainaina).

Henrie Mutuku’s debut album was “Simama” (Stand) which has gone on to contribute hit songs like “Usichoke” (featuring Roughtone and R.K) and “Manzi wa Maana” (featuring K.J. of Redykulass-a Kenyan comedy troupe). She has also featured prominently in popular music countdown radio shows like Kiss 100’s “Smirnoff Top 7 songs in Nairobi”, East Africa FM Radio’s ‘Link’ and Kampala FM as voted by listeners. ‘Manzi wa Maana’ especially captured the hearts of young ladies, swiftly becoming an anthem of chastity and virtue, all the while redefining the true essence of a beautiful African woman. She has since recorded another music video for the song ‘Amini’, taken off her album ‘Simama’.

Henrie Mutuku has curtain raised for Bebo Norman at two concerts, allowing her to make her first music video, “Nakuhitaji” (I Need you), created by the local Family T.V. for the promotion of the Bebo Norman Tour. She then recorded yet another music video for the song “Amini” (Believe), a feature in her album ‘Simama’.

In 2003 she won 2 Kisima Awards for Best Female Artiste and Best Contemporary Gospel Artiste. She was also nominated for a KORA Award in 2003.

Henrie Mutuku actively participates in fundraising and awareness activities for HIV/AIDS prevention, AIDS orphans and patients, the Protecting Life Movement in Kenya and Bible translation and literacy.

Henrie Mutuku, after being away from the music scene for almost 10 years (from 2004), came back in 2014 with a new track by the name “Langu” off the album “Tena” (Again).

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