Nicknamed "Little Boogaloo" by her Mississippi Delta mentor Boogaloo Ames, Eden Brent is much more than her signature boogie-woogie piano and juke-joint blues holler. She is a celebrated songwriter and dynamic performer, with numerous nominations and awards including eleven Blues Music Award nominations since 2009 and three BMA trophies. Her most recent Yellow Dog Records album, Jigsaw Heart was nominated for BMA Acoustic Album of the Year, continuing a streak of nominations for her last three albums.
Born in Greenville, Mississippi to a family of riverboat captains and guitar pickers, Eden's story could’ve been written by Tennessee Williams or any number of Mississippi’s colorful authors. The Greenville bridge is named for her grandfather Jesse Brent, the Waterways Journal "Riverman of the Century". Her father, Captain Howard, famous for his Hank Williams renditions and grand story-telling, is a bona-fide living "River Legend", and her songwriting mother Carole was born a cotton sharecropper but became a big band singer and fashion model, working at Chicago’s Chez Paris in the 1950's.
A life-long piano enthusiast, Eden was surrounded by music and learned her first notes at age three. "Grandma could read and play beautifully," Eden explains, "She taught me Middle C and my first simple tunes. I had an ear for music and was pecking out my brother’s recital piece well before I was in school.” Private piano lessons were part of Eden's education from grade school through college graduation and beyond. "I always loved to play, but I hated to read and I really hated practice, that is, until I started fiddling with jazz and blues and boogie.” She chuckles, “Daddy always said he could’ve saved a lot of money on my college tuition if he had just introduced me to Boogaloo a few years earlier.”
Eden is featured in three documentary films: Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound; Forty Days in the Delta; 180 Degrees: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta, has appeared in print publications like USA Today and Garden & Gun, has been highlighted on national radio broadcasts including NPR Weekend Edition, House of Blues Radio Hour, and American Routes, and her music continues to delight both critics and live audiences alike.
Since launching her career, Eden travels the United States and abroad performing in festivals like Notodden, the Chicago Blues Festival, Cognac's Blues Passions, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She's a frequent piano bar host aboard the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and this year was a special guest aboard the American Queen Steamboat, a performance that celebrated her Mississippi River heritage.
Eden has released four solo albums: Something Cool 2003; Mississippi Number One 2008; Ain't Got No Troubles 2010; and Jigsaw Heart 2014, and is currently on the Yellow Dog Records label. In addition to her four solo albums, Eden recorded The Brent Sisters Party Dress with sisters Jessica and Bronwynne, also songwriters. Released in 2012, the album is a collection of songs written by their mother, the late Carole Brent.
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