Brenda Fuentes, better known by her stage name Bria Valente is an American singer. A protégée of Prince, Valente released her debut album, Elixer, as part of a three-album set with Prince's LOtUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND on March 29, 2009. The collection debuted at on the top Billboard albums chart. Valente was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Enter Bria Valente, a saucily named Minnesotan with absolutely no talent. She also happened to be Prince’s girlfriend at the time production started on Prince’s double album . Through a thought process by Prince that can be best described as because I said so, duh a third album featuring Valente on vocals was added to the already packed bill. Regardless of the lack of foresight, you can’t really blame Prince
Bria Valente did not promote the album, but Prince promoted the 3CD set, which benefited Elixer also (see Lotusflow3r and MPLSound for promotion details).
3. This is a crazy episode where we talk about Bria Valente and her only album so far, released in 2009, Elixir.
Elixer is the debut of Bria Valente, the latest in a long line of sultry soul protégées. Many of Prince's handpicked singers have been largely ignored even by his loyalists since about 1987, so Prince pushes Bria by bundling her record with his own LotusFlow3r and MPLSound, even going so far as to list Elixer first among the three on the back of the CD's slim cardboard sleeve.
Bria Valente has a great voice, but there are tons of people who have great voices, and there's nothing unique about her voice so what's the big deal? The music is all extremely typical slow-beat mellow-melody stuff that all sound like Prince throw-aways. Honestly I could find a dozen R&B albums in a bargain bin somewhere that are the same-if not better-quality.