3rd April ~ very happy birthday wishes to ~ Eddie Murphy ~ Amanda Bynes ~ Leona Lewis & Kelly Price ~ from the team at ~ Colly Dolly Music & Movies ~ Mareeba!

Eddie Murphy

From Wikipedia
Eddie Murphy
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Murphy at the Tribeca Film Festival for Shrek Forever After in 2010.
Birth name Edward Regan Murphy
Born April 3, 1961 (age 52)
Brooklyn, New YorkU.S
Medium Film, television, stand-up, music, books
Nationality American
Years active 1976–present
Genres Observational comedymusical comedyblack comedy, satire,physical comedyDance Pop
Subject(s) African American culturerace relations, racism, marriage, everyday life, current eventspop culturehuman sexuality
Influences Bill Cosby,[1] Richard Pryor,[1]Peter SellersRedd Foxx,[1] Robin Williams[1]
Spouse Nicole Mitchell (m. 1993–2006)

Tracey Edmonds (m. 2008)(unofficial)

Partner(s) Melanie Brown (2006–07)
Children 8
Notable works and roles Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop
Various on Saturday Night Live
Donkey in Shrek series

Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician.

Box-office takes from Murphy’s films make him the fourth-highest grossing actor in the United States.[2][3] He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked no. 10 on Comedy Central‘s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[4]

He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs.Beverly Hills Cop seriesTrading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for theAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls.[5]

Eddie Murphy’s work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJsDonkey in the Shrek series and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan. In some of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in Coming to AmericaWes Craven‘s Vampire in Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, brother, mother, and grandmother), BowfingerNorbit, and Meet Dave.

 

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Amanda Bynes

 

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Amanda Bynes
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Bynes in February 2009
Born April 3, 1986 (age 27)
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–2012

Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986)[1] is a former American actress. She rose to prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. Bynes has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants (2003), She’s the Man (2006), Hairspray (2007), Sydney White (2007) and Easy A (2010). In 2012, Bynes said that she is retiring from acting.[2]

 

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Leona Lewis

 

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Leona Lewis
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Lewis performing at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend 2012
Background information
Birth name Leona Louise Lewis
Born 3 April 1985 (age 28)
IslingtonLondon, England
Genres
Occupations
  • Singer-songwriter
  • vocal producer
  • actress
  • animal rights activist
Instruments
Years active 2006–present
Labels
Associated acts Ryan Tedder
Website leonalewismusic.co.uk

Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer-songwriter. She was born and raised in the London Borough of Islington, where she attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Lewis achieved national recognition when she won the third series of The X Factor in 2006, winning a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell‘s record label, Syco Music. Her winners single, a cover of Kelly Clarkson‘s “A Moment Like This“, peaked at number one for four weeks on the UK Singles Chart and broke a world record for being digitally downloaded more than 50,000 times in 30 minutes. In February 2007, Lewis signed a five-album contract in the United States with Clive Davis‘s record label, J Records.

Lewis’s success continued with the release of her debut album, Spirit, in 2007; it went 10x platinum in the United Kingdom, while the lead single, “Bleeding Love“, spent seven weeks at number one. She achieved international recognition with the album in 2008, when she became the first British female to top the US Billboard 200 album chart in more than 20 years. Spirit has sold more than eight million copies worldwide, and “Bleeding Love” peaked at number one in over 30 countries, becoming the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide. As a result, she was proclaimed ‘Top New Artist’ by Billboard magazine in 2008. Under the guidance of Cowell and Davis, Lewis released her second UK number one album Echo and recorded the theme song for the film Avatar in 2009, while embarking on her first UK arena tour, The Labyrinth, in 2010.

In 2011, Lewis released the non-album single “Collide“, a collaboration with Swedish DJ Avicii, and her first extended play, Hurt: The EP. Her third album, Glassheart, was released in 2012. It marked a new creative direction for Lewis, drawing inspiration from dubstep and electronic music. However, it failed to match the commercial performance of her two previous albums, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and becoming her first to not be certified platinum. Lewis began to record material for her first Christmas album during her Glassheart Tour, which took place in mid 2013. Christmas, with Love was released later that year. Its lead single, “One More Sleep“, peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart. With this chart entry, Lewis broke the record for British female solo artist with the most UK top five singles, with a total of eight, surpassing Olivia Newton-John‘s record of seven.

With a career spanning eight years, Lewis is the best selling act to have emerged from The X Factor, with over 20 million records sold worldwide, as well as being the British female solo artist with most weeks at number one in the United Kingdom. Lewis has won two MOBO Awards, an MTV Europe Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award and two World Music Awards. She is also a six time Brit Awards and three time Grammy Award nominee. Lewis is famed for her expansive four octavemezzo-soprano vocal rangepower, technical control and use of the falsetto register. Aside from her musical career, Lewis is a philanthropist and animal rights activist for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, a result of her being vegetarian.

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Kelly Price

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Kelly Price
Birth name Kelly Cherelle Price
Born April 4, 1973 (age 40)
Origin Queens, New YorkUnited States
Genres R&BSoulGospel
Occupations SingerSongwriterAuthor,Actress
Years active 1992–Present
Labels Island Black Music (1994–1996)
Def Soul (1996–2005)
EcclectiSounds/Gospo Centric(2006)
Sang Girl/My Block (2010–present)
Website kellyprice.com
Kelly Price Twitter

Kelly Price (born Kelly Cherelle Price; April 4, 1973 in Queens, New York) is a seven-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer–songwriter, formerly on the Def Soul label.

 

Life and music career

Kelly Cherelle Price was born in Queens, New York and began singing in church as a toddler. Her first professional engagement was with George Michael at Madison Square Garden in January 1992. As destiny would have it Price was overheard singing by Mariah Carey, who after arriving to her own rehearsal late for the Grammys walked into a room where Price was singing in the rehearsal hall while everyone else was on a meal break. Price was later introduced to Carey’s husband, Sony Columbia’s then CEO Tommy Mottola.[1] She made a name for herself as a backing and guest vocalist, appearing on a number of hit singles such as Mariah Carey‘s “Fantasy“, The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Mo Money Mo Problems“, and Whitney Houston‘s “Heartbreak Hotel“. She has sung background vocals for Faith EvansAretha FranklinBrian McKnightSWV and R. Kelly.[citation needed]

Price issued her debut album, Soul of a Woman, in 1998 on Island Records, which contained the hit single “Friend of Mine”. A remix of the song, also included on the album, features R. Kelly and Ronald Isley. In the remix, Isley takes on the fictional role of the singer-protagonist’s Godfather (“Mr. Biggs”), taking her husband (R. Kelly) to task for cheating on her with her best friend. The “Friend of Mine” LP version and the remix both charted as No. 1 hits on the U.S. R&B chart and made history by doing so with no music video to support the song.[citation needed]

She issued her second album, Mirror Mirror, in 2000 on the Def Soul imprint of Def Jam Records; Island and Def Jam had merged in 1999, with Price and labelmates Dru Hill being reassigned to Def Soul. Mirror Mirror featured the singles “You Should’ve Told Me” and the Grammy Awardnominated[2] “As We Lay”, a cover of Shirley Murdock‘s 1986 hit. A remix of “Love Sets You Free” was issued a single in 2000, produced by Teddy Riley and starring a number of fellow R&B performers. Price was featured in the 2003 film, Bringing Down the House, performing a cover of the 1983 Rufus & Chaka Khan hit “Ain’t Nobody“. A Christmas album, One Family, was issued in 2001 which had a piano appearance from GospelJazz pioneer, Ben Tankard. Two years later, Price returned with her third regular studio album, Priceless.[citation needed]

In October 2005, Price recorded her first live gospel project. The This Is Who I Am album has been released on October 24, 2006 on her own label, EcclecticSounds Records. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Charts and peaked at No. 9 on the R&B album chart. Kelly Price was inducted as an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority in July 2006. In early 2007, Price kicked off a tour with the ‘Sisters in the Spirit 2007’.[3]

In 2006, she recorded the song “Why?” for the soundtrack Why Did I Get Married?, the film version of Why Did I Get Married? Priceless Secrets from The Soul of A Woman, in which Price created the role of Sheila alongside Tyler Perry who used the song titles and lyrical content of Price’s hit recordings to develop the story. In early 2009, she was featured on Coko‘s gospel album entitled The Winner in Me on the track “Oh Mary”. In June 2010, Price promoted her single “Tired” on The Jazz Joy and Roy syndicated radio show as “some of the best work of my career to date.”[4]The song was also featured in Tyler Perrys 2011 film Madea’s Big Happy Family. On February 9, 2012, in a pre-Grammy party to celebrate Price’s nominations, the singer sang “Jesus Loves Me” with Whitney Houston in what turned out to be Houston’s last public performance two days prior to her death. In September 2009, it was announced she would be joining Deborah Cox and Tamia to form the super group The Queen Project. The women seek to empower women of all ages, races and backgrounds by doing a number of community service projects.[5]

As of early 2014, Price is working on new material for her follow up album and is currently booked.

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