Brenda Epperson is recognized for her inner beauty and her many talents in the entertainment industry. She is an actress, singer, host, and writer. Most recently, she has created and is the founding Co-Director of an uplifting, faith-based conference for women: The Ascend Conference for Remarkable Women. Her entertainment industry experience has given her the tools on an international scale which she uses to help others.
Born in North Hollywood, California, Brenda is the daughter of famed musician and actor Don Epperson. Don was originally born in Kentucky. His success moved him around the U.S.A. as he charted two top 10 hits while signed with RCA/VICTOR. He is also known for his role with western legend John Wayne in the feature film Big Jake.
Don’s untimely death at the tender age of 32 left his widow, Sherry, to raise their two daughters Brenda and Deborah. After her husband’s death, Sherry moved her family to a small logging town in Dallas, Oregon. Brenda felt a little out of place going from an urban to a rural environment. Her passion for singing developed at an early age and she grew up performing in churches and schools. Recognizing she had her father’s talent and her faith, she focused much of her time on singing and sports. In high school, she was chosen as the youngest singer for a jazz vocal group and went on to win numerous awards for her music.
After graduation, Brenda toured the Far East singing for the King of Thailand and other dignitaries. She experienced that music broke barriers between people of different languages and faiths. She discovered that singing, specifically, was a connecting force across nations. One of her favorite authors is Ann Kiemel. Her book I’m Out to Change MyWorld set Brenda on a path to do the same. One soul at a time.
Brenda felt she was born to perform and to inspire others. She returned to Los Angeles from Oregon with $100 in her pocket, a big dream, and a bigger God. While waitressing one day, Brenda was asked to audition for the lead role on a major soap opera. She was cast as Ashley Abbott on the CBS daytime series, The Young and the Restless. Brenda’s starring role spanned over eight years and gave her international recognition and success. Brenda has been featured on shows such as Oprah, CNN, CBS Morning News, TBN, The Howie Mandel Show, E! Entertainment, PAX, and Good Morning New York. Most recently, Brenda was truly honored to share her story on CBN 700 Club, and TBN. Uplift Network recently aired The High Road in which Brenda was a guest as well as the Segment Producer. Brenda is currently on The Rich and the Ruthless in the role of Edith, which airs on the Urban Movie Channel.
Her film career began with a starring role in the HBO romantic comedy, Amore, where she portrayed a young singer. She is also credited with a song on the soundtrack. She went on to star with Swoozie Kurtzin the children’s movie, Storybook. Next up, was a Lifetime movie, Follow Your Heart, with Ted McGinley and Leah Remini. Brenda performed two songs for this soundtrack along with Anita Pointer (Pointer Sisters) and Philip Ingram. Brenda won the coveted Angel Award for best song duet If You Believe.
Brenda’s life hit the covers of magazines with in-depth reporting. Westlake Malibu Lifestyle (2017), Women’s World, TV Guide, Soap Opera Digest, USA Today, LA Times, Allo! (France) and Telepoche (France) all published extensive stories. People Magazine covered her wedding with an eight-page spread.
Acting was a wonderful launch to Brenda’s career in television and film, but her heart remained with music. She focused on her musical endeavors and was chosen to sing two songs on the soundtrack for the limited release movie, Knockout, alongside Jose Feliciano and Winans. Brenda signed with Sony Tri/Star LTC and opened for Lionel Richie on his world-wide tour. Check out Brenda’s latest hit, I Cry Freedom. She wrote and performed this hit herself, a song truly from Brenda’s soul. It made the Top 30 on the National Radio Ranking AC Charts. Brenda is currently writing and collaborating with multi-talented and renowned Nashville Producer Tim Miner, placing songs on movies and soundtracks.
“I used to ask, what can I get and how much? Now I ask what can I give and how much.”
Brenda takes her passion, many talents, and her entertainment industry connections to outreach programs and organizations that touch the lives of millions. She speaks to the youth of today sharing her story, her heart, and her passion for God by encouraging others to find their inner strength.
Outreach to the broken, battered, and abused has inspired Brenda to partner with several organizations and charities to reach those in need. Brenda has tirelessly worked with such organizations as Hollywood Urban Project (H.U.P.) to teach inner-city children through music about their importance and worth. Brenda is on the board of directors of Idle Tuesdays, a non-profit studio helping young artists find their voice and thrive. Brenda recently spearheaded fundraising events for Mercy Multiplied, a non-profit organization focused on abused and abandoned young women across the nation.
For years Brenda has hosted the CANTINA’S Music Festival, which can be seen on GodTube. You can also see Brenda as the Host of Actors E and G_D In Hollywood.
The release of Brenda’s highly anticipated book “Rise Up!” will be launched in Spring of 2021, where Brenda courageously shares her trials, heartaches, and triumphs with the readers and gives them practical tools and advice so they themselves can overcome all obstacles. Rise Up! Uncover the darkness and move into the light from her IJoy book series.
“I want to affect the world, and not let the world infect me.”
– Brenda Epperson
Her goal is to connect people to God through any media format they choose. Brenda is the contributing author to the book Blessedness of Brokenness (2012). She has been a contributing writer for magazine articles and her website. Brenda has made blog contributions, toward MICI and believe.com, along with connecting to people through radio, television, stage, and even through smart-phones.
In 2012, God tapped Brenda on the shoulder and prompted her to start a women’s conference. ASCENDWOMEN.ORG was born in 2013 and brought in over 550 women in attendance that first year. As a founding Co-Director of ASCEND, each year Brenda shares her heart along with speakers and guests such as Wendy Griffith (700 Club), April Osteen-Simons (Author/Hope Coach), Doug Addison (Elijah List), CeCe Winans (Singer), Lisa Osteen-Comes (Lakewood Church), Star Parker (Urban CURE), Mary Hudson (Actress), Meagan Good (Actress), and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, Isik Abla (Minister), Nancy Alcorn (Mercy Ministries), Kathleen Cooke (Cooke Pictures), Edwina Findley (Actress), along with musical guests such as Lincoln Brewster. ASCEND is an annual event that has grown and reached beyond boundaries where women have been set free, saved, and where His name is truly glorified.
Brenda is blessed to be married to the love of her life and is raising three beautiful daughters. Personally, her family is her pride and joy. Though professionally, she wants her legacy to be known, not for her talents in entertainment, but for the people she has helped, encourage and inspire.
Brenda has experienced that nothing is impossible with God …
If you Believe.