Sunshine's voice is like a breath of fresh air, smooth and polished with a child-like innocence. It's angelic at times but she also sings with powerful conviction and confidence that can raise the hair on your arms to dance. Her voice is ageless and timeless and through the years her songs have always soothed the listener into a feeling of being loved and comforted by her warm alto tones. She encourages everyone to love the Lord with all their heart. She'll get you standing, clapping and singing along too. Her optimistic outlook is inspiring. She has big dreams and a big heart. She is aways looking at the brighter side. That's why she is 'Sunshine'.
Sunshine says, "I always look for the good in everyone and everything. I have faith that all things are possible with Christ who strengthens me. I have faith as a grain of mustard seed and if the mountain doesn't move when I pray, I just climb over it; Lord willing and the creek don't rise. It gives me patience and endurance when I am determined to make it though struggles. Sometimes we have to face our giants like David did with Goliath. As long as we pray to be in God's will, he can use every circumstance in every area of our life to give us spiritual growth and re-new our strength. When the going gets tough the humble servants of God just drop to their knees and pray, brush themselves off, and go on in confidence that God will carry them through. Because, all things come together for good to those who love the Lord. We have to stay focussed on Jesus, and keep our eyes on the prize. I love the Lord deeply and passionately, from the bottom of my heart. I love my family, writing songs and singing. I am a child of God who longs to serve the Lord with my talent. God has given me so much to be thankful for. I am truly blessed!!
Jesus is our healer, savior and teacher. Jesus taught me how to love and I wanna Shine! Shine!! Shine!! for Jesus!"
Sunshine is very hopeful, faithful, joyful, loving, giving, and very optimistic. This little barefoot lady has a heart of gold and always tries to make others feel right at home. This southern hospitality comes from her southern roots. She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and her Mama Barbara and her Pa Pa Harold are originally from Carolton and Tallapoosa Georgia. There was front porch singing and good old fashion revival. Her mother sang in church and also her grandmother, Mama Dolly sang and played piano in Carolton. Her cousin Pam sings and plays piano at her Uncle Lloyd's church where he is a Bible teacher and Deacon in Tallapoosa. The same church where her Dad, Uncle Lloyd, Granny and Pa-Paw attended all their life. Her Pa Pa used to play guitar and banjo and would sing hymnals and country songs on the front porch too. He used to sing 'You Are My Sunshine' and then eventually the name "Sunshine" caught on.
Her Mama Barbara and Pa Pa gave equal unconditional love to her sister Ellen, and brothers Benny and Glenn, all of whom love the Lord with all their heart. They also have musical talents, good jobs, wonderful families and are blessed by God. The strong faith and devoted love comes from a long lineage of family prayer. Her grandparents prayed for them before they were born and she says she's keeping up the family tradition and has prayed for her children and grandchildren before they were born.
Sunshine says, "To have unconditional love like Jesus, we have to have forgiveness. It's the fresh start God gives us. Forgiveness is important. We have to let God forgive us, forgive others and forgive ourselves. That way all you have left is a heart full of God's love. Jesus loves us, so we can love one another. The love we have is from God. Everything we have is from God. Love is the greatest commandment. We should love one another and be thankful for everything that God gives us."
The CD 'YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO LOVE' was previously titled 'JESUS IN MY HEART'. The new duplication will be available on line. 'You Taught Me How To love' is everyone's favorite song on the album so Melody Dawn Records will be promoting this as a single to radio. The album consists of over a decade of writing, hard work, blood, sweat and tears, to come together. All of the tracks were recorded at Hot Trax Studio of Nashville, TN except for 'Don't Wanna Sit Around No More' which was recorded at Buck's Place in Hendersonville, TN. The CD 'Shine! Shine!! Shine!!!' was recorded at Hot Trax Studio / The Jesus Christ Fan Club or at 'Sunshine' and her husband 'Moon's' home studio. The vocals on 'Infinity and Beyond' and 'Jesus Loves You and I do Too' were recorded at Bucks Place in Hendersonville, TN. There are 2 albums released on cdbaby and 2 more that just need mixing. A double CD of hymns and praises.
"This year is a year of anointing and closer fellowship with the Lord. Spiritual growth and healing are part of God's preparation for us to go to a higher level." Sunshine says.
Sunshine' and 'Moon' performed as the 'Victory Praise' band sharing their praise and worship music at Rivergate Church of New Beginings with Pastor Bardowell in Hendersonville, TN and also with the Ministry of Sharing Fellowship with Pastor Stanfield in Millersville, TN in the recent years.
'Sunshine' and her husband 'Moon' , built their tour bus in 2008, with the help of friends Henry and Suzy, Sky and Lydia, and children David, Brandon and Zack.
In 2009 they opened The Jesus Christ Fan Club in Goodlettsville, TN with the help of her Mama Barabra and Pa Pa, brothers and sisters Ellen, Benny, Glenn, Glenda, Melody and Lorene. Also with the help of her their neice Kaylyn, children David, Brandon Darla, John, Beau, Zack and Tomekia and grandchildren Elijah, Mariah and Brandi. They set up the studio at The Jesus Christ Fan Club, and began putting together The Jesus In My heart Show along with 'Cowboy' Eddie Long on steel and drummer Larry Paruzzi. Children David, Brandon, Darla, Beau, Zack and grandson Elijah also jam along sometimes too. Along with musician friends who join in.
‘SUNSHINE’S’ 2010 RADIO AND TOUR SCHEDULE MELODY DAWN RECORDS (323) 464-1713
CD Sunshine 'You Taught Me How To Love' CD release party November 15th, 2010
1) 'All The Angels Sing' - radio release on November 15th, 2010 Christmas song
The 'Jesus In My Heart Show' winter tour - December 1st, 2010.
1v) ‘All The Angeles Sing’ - video release - Dec. 1st, 2010 Christmas video
‘SUNSHINE’S’ 2011 RADIO AND TOUR SCHEDULE MELODY DAWN RECORDS
2v) ‘You Taught Me How To Love’ video release - Jan. 1st, 2011 Valentine video
2) 'You Taught Me How to Love' radio release - Feb.1, 2011 Valentine song
3v) ‘Jesus Is Alive’ video release - March 1st, 2011 Easter video
3) 'Jesus Is Alive' radio release - March 15th, 2011 Easter song
4v) ‘He Believes In You’ video release May 1st, 2011 Revival video
The ‘Jesus In My Heart Show’ summer tour - June 1st, 2011
4) ‘He Believes In You’ radio release - June 1st, 2011 Revival song
5v) 'Don’t Wanna Sit Around No More’ video release - August 15th, 2011 Revival video
5) ‘Don’t Wanna Sit Around No More’ radio release - August 30th, 2011 Revival song
CD Sunshine 'Shine! Shine!! Shine!!! CD release party Oct. 1st, 2011
1v) ‘Shine! Shine!! Shine!!!’ video release - Oct. 1st, 2011 Children’s video
1) ‘Shine! Shine!! Shine!!!’ radio release - Oct. 15th, 2011 Children’s song
‘Shine! Shine!! Shine!!!’ winter tour - Oct. 15th, 2011
2v) ‘Star Of Hope’ video release - Nov. 15th, 2011 Christmas video
2) ‘Star Of Hope’ radio release - Dec. 1st, 2011 Christmas song
‘SUNSHINE’S’ 2012 RADIO AND TOUR SCHEDULE MELODY DAWN RECORDS (323) 464-1713
2v) ’Infinity and Beyond’ video release - Jan 1st, 2012 Valentine video
2) 'Infinity and Beyond' radio release - Feb. 1st, 2012 Valentine song
3v) 'God's Eternal Plan' video release March 1st, 2012 Easter video
3) 'God's Eternal Plan' radio release March 15th, 2012 Easter song
‘Shine! Shine!! Shine!!! Summer tour - June 1st, 2012
4v) 'I've Got The Victory In Jesus' is video release - June 1st, 2012 Revival video
4) 'I've Got The Victory In Jesus' is radio release - June 15th, 2012 Revival song
5v) 'He'll Turn Your Life Around' video release - August 1st, 2012 Revival video
5) ‘He’ll Turn Your Life Around’ radio release - August 15th, 2012 Revival song
6v) ‘Jesus Loves You and I Do Too’ video release - Oct. 1st, 2012 Family video
6) ‘Jesus Love You and I Do Too’ radio release - Oct. 15th, 2012 Family song
CD Sunshine ‘Victory Praise’ CD release party - Nov. 15th, 2012
1v) 'Silent Night' video release Nov. 15th, 2012 Christmas video
‘Victory Praise’ winter tour - Dec. 1st, 2012
1) 'Silent Night' radio release Dec. 1st, 2012 Christmas song
‘SUNSHINE’S’ 2013 RADIO AND TOUR SCHEDULE MELODY DAWN RECORDS
2v) 'Amazing Grace' video release - Jan.1st, 2013 Church video
2) ‘Amazing Grace’ radio release - Jan. 15th, 2012 Church song
3v) ‘Halleluiah’ video release - March 1st, 2013 Easter video
3) ‘Halleluiah’ radio release - March 15th, 2013 Easter song
Bio...more about Sunshine....
While living in Hollywood, Sunshine was singing in 3 choirs. The fellowship was important to her and it was a time of deep spiritual growth while performing in churches all over the Los Angeles area.
CHOIR VOCALIST & SOLOIST
Festival Choir - First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood - Directed by Cheryl Smith
Hollywood Mass Choir - Directed by Patrick Hare - winner of Gospel Fest 2002
The Voices of Inspiration Choir - Directed by Reverend Alexander Hamilton
Sunshine was also regularly involved in serving the homeless at the Lord's Lighthouse in Hollywood. "Homeless people are everywhere." Sunshine says. "It breaks my heart to think the only thing I can do is pray for them, sing for them and share my love for Jesus. I wish I could do more. It just doesn't seem like enough. We take it for granted that having a roof over our head seems to come so easy when you having a loving supportive husband, children, parents, brothers and sisters and friends. But we are all brothers and sisters in the Lord and I want to give them hope through Jesus. It's the best I can do."
Serving in the Lord's Lighthouse - a ministry to the homeless
Feed The Children
Toys For Tots
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
Girl Scouts Of America
Boy Scouts Of America
Jerry Lewis Telethon
Boys and Girls Club
YMCA & YWCA
Police Action Leagues
"Sunshine" is also known as Brenda Smith of Epic Records and also known as Brenda Cole of Melody Dawn Records with 4 releases from the album COUNTRY LOVER. 'But I Never Do' written by Brenda Smith-Cole Melody Lady Music BMI, 'Gone, Gone, Gone' written by Will Ray Barefoot Lady Music BMI, 'Country Lover' written by Brenda Smith-Cole & Will Ray Barefoot Lady music BMI, &' Boots Are Made for Walking' written by Lee Hazelwood Criterion Music ASCAP. Also a video of Gone, Gone, Gone was released world wide. Other songs from the album include 'Barefoot Lady' written by Brenda Smith-Cole & Steve Singer Barefoot Lady Music BMI, 'Sweet and Low' written by Brenda Smith-Cole Melody Lady Music BMI, 'What Kinda Woman' written by Brenda Smith-Cole Melody Lady Music BMI, 'Stand By Your Man' written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill Al Galico Music BMI and 'You Gave Me A Mountain' written by Marty Robbins BMI. Brenda is very appreciative.
"I would like to thank all the men and women in country radio. Without you, I couldn't have touched so many people. To those I have talked with and met, we have grown to be friends. To those I have yet to meet, I wish to express my gratitude for your tremendous support. Thank you country radio together we are a success!"
Female Artist Of The Year - Music Fest 1988
Record Of The Year 1988,1989,1990 - California Country Music Association
Entertianer Of The year - Country Radio Broadcasters 1988
Album Of The Year for 'Country Lover' - Country Music Associations Of America 1989
REVIEWS FROM RADIO STATIONS
"Excellent record. Artist in good form with good production."
Shane Wilder, PD - TABC Syndicated Radio - Hollywood, Ca.
"Brenda is one of the freshest new female singers to bless our airwaves for some time. Her new album 'Country Lover', doesn't have one bad song on it.'
Don Gilbert, MD - KSTC Colorado
"Everything about this record is good. Will get a lot of airplay."
Mike Griffith WVOH - Colorado
"This is a great album"
"In a word 'Excellent!' Super talent - fresh new female voice worthy of airplay. In one word 'Class'."
WKDO AM-FM Kentucky
"Excelent LP. I was very impressed."
KZZY North Dakota
"One of the most requested indie labels."
"Audience response was excellent. This album is great."
"Excellent audience response. Thanks so much for your album. Brenda has got a great voice. This is a great album - keep it up!"
"Brenda is the greatest singing female sensation in at least two decades. I can't get enough!! Hang in there kid - let's show 'em!"
Eddie Smith WKAC Alabama
"Would like to commend her on these (songs). she did and excellent job. Her record will get played in regular rotation daily. super LP Brenda. Keep up the good work.
Randy Peterson KFBR Arizona
"..some writers write good songs - some singers sing well. This lady has loads of talent. She's writing good songs and sings them very well!"
John Coles KTAN Arizona
Brenda Smith worked with legendary record producer Billy Sherrill at age 13. While on Epic Records, she released, There Is A Place by Sharon Rucker and R.S. “Kinky” Friedman, string arrangement by Glenn Spreen. A very sweet country love song with a pop flair. It’s about love that never dies, like Romeo and Juliet. Brenda sang this with a polished maturity beyond her years. Billy recognized Brenda’s writing talent and produced her first original recording called Midnight Flight To Frisco, strings arranged by Bergen White. Brenda co-wrote this with Geno Havens, a casting director from Hollywood. The string arrangement adds to the feeling of taking off in an airplane which compliments this clever story of love without commitments.
Brenda was also acting in Hollywood during her Epic Records success. She signed with the Screen Actors Guild after getting her first role on the television series Bonanza. A small part for a little girl with a big heart. Brenda was well known for singing at fund raisers throughout the Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley area. Movies, commercials, modeling and other television followed.
MOVIES, MODELING & TELEVISION
Tiger Beat Model 1972 to 1975
Hush Puppies Commercial 1974
This Is The Life TV Series 1974,1975
Crest Commercial 1975-1977
Mr. Sycamore Film Starring Jason Robards 1975
I Love You Goodbye Movie Of The Week 1975
The Beatles TV Movie 1976
McDonald's Commercial 1976-1978
Kool-Aid Commercial 1975
Hometown USA Film 1980
The Young and The Restless CBS TV 1981
"I love acting." Sunshine says. But I took a break from the pursuit of Hollywood and and became a full time mother, which is even more rewarding than any thing I had ever done. It is the most important job I'll ever have. You try to imagine what your baby is going to be like for 9 months. Then when they arrive it's a million times better than what you imagined. Their first smile, the first time they say ma-ma and da-da, the first step they take, and they loving way they look you in the eyes is priceless. When I look into the eyes of a child I feel like I am looking into the heart of God. I love it !"
Sunshine has written a baby dedication song called "This Sweet Child" from the CD 'You Taught Me How To Love'. This song dedicates the child back to God. It was written and sang for her sister Ellen's baby dedication and has been performed numerous times since. There is also a song called 'Heart Of A Child' on the 'You Taught Me How To Love' CD, that is about how precious children are and what a blessing they are. The lyrics say, "Children are a blessing so bless them with your love..." Sunshine sings with tender heart felt emotion and it all comes from the Lord.
To be continued......