Born a daddy’s girl at Broadway Hospital in south Los Angeles, California, Miss Brenda Lee Gertman started singing at age five for Home Mission Holiness/Christian Light Church of God in Christ, located on Bandera Street and Wilmington Avenue. Daddy Leroy affectedly named* her after Brenda Mae Tarpley, who is famously known as Rockabilly’s Hall of Fame inductee, Mrs. Brenda Lee of Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in the unincorporated area of Compton (East Rancho Dominguez), Brenda recalls those fond memories of first seeing Crystal Gayle sing on TV and watching the actress, Judy Garland perform in the movie classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

Brenda Lee Gertman volunteered at her church home, Real Kids Children’s Department and sung for Rowe Entertainment, and Soul & Sounds of Watts. She unexpectedly received words of encouragement from Ms. Cynthia Mayweather, of former radio station KZLA 93.9FM. Brenda Lee Gertman successfully accomplished the first round of the auditioning process for America’s Got Talent, and obtained an on camera interview with the former TV show Nashville Star. One of her most awkward moments, and yet, milestone of her life was hearing her singing voice featured on the Pat Hennessy’s American Idol Talent Search on KKLA 99.5FM radio station hosted by Frank Pastore (R.I.P.).

Brenda Lee Gertman won Best Vocal Quality at the Long Beach City College Spring Sing. She was selected as one of the twelve finalists for the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Showtime at the Apollo on Tour. With an article titled “A Good Kid,” published in the Long Beach Press Telegram Newspaper, Miss “Brenda Lee” Gertman’s poem “A Parent’s Love,” was also featured in a journal publication called Voices of Compton.

Awards

Long Beach City College Certificate of attendance for Genealogy; Long Beach City College Leaders Across Campus and International Friends Mentor [Mentee] Program; Operation Hope Trickle-up Grant; Long Beach City College Spring Sing 2004; Long Beach City College Continuing Education Center for Women; First Runner-up Goddess of Beauty XL Mystique Pageant; Charles Drew Head Start

Exhibitions

National Reparations Day (Tragniew Park) Compton, California; Marian Sims Baughn center open-mic Long Beach, California; Xpressions open-mic Long Beach, California; Signal Hill Charity Chili Cook-off Signal Hill, California; It’s a Grind Coffee House Bixby Knolls, California; It’s a Grind Coffee House Long Beach (Downtown on 3rd & Pine), California; Downey Street Faire Downey, California; Twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth Cypress Community Festival Cypress, California; Mrs. & Mr. Sue and Coy Black 50th Wedding Anniversary at Sutton Place Hotel Newport Beach, California; Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Showtime at the Apollo on Tour Cerritos, California; Long Beach City College 53rd Annual Spring Sing “Memories of…” Long Beach, California; 3rd Annual Unity in the Community talent showcase Long Beach, California; Nadeau Street Church of God in Christ Los Angeles, California; Soul and Sounds of Watts talent showcase Los Angeles, California; Rowe Entertainment talent showcase Los Angeles, California

Bibliography

Nashville Star on-camera interview;  America’s Got Talent interview; Event News Local Newspaper-Cypress, California; On Stage at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Magazine; 99.5FM KKLA The Frank Pastore Show with Pat Hennessy; Long Beach City College Viking Newspaper; The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks Soul and Sounds of Watts Talent Showcase