Brenda K. Starr Net Worth

Brenda K. Starr Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Brenda K. Starr net worth is
$4 Million

Brenda K. Starr Wiki Biography

Brenda Kaplan was born on 15 October 1966, in Manhattan, New York City, USA. She is a singer and songwriter, best known for earning her recognition in the music industry as a dance-pop singer during the 1980s. Later on she would transition to salsa music and continue to further her popularity and net worth. The endeavors she’s made have helped raise her net worth to where it is now.

How rich is Brenda K. Starr? As of early-2016, sources estimate that her net worth is at $4 million, mostly earned through a successful career in music. While she endured difficulty in her music career during the 1990s, she eventually came back and her perseverance has made a significant impact on raising her wealth.

Brenda K. Starr Net Worth $4 Million

Brenda is the daughter of (Jewish) Harvey Kaplan – also known as Harvey Kaye – from the band Spiral Starecase, and a Catholic Puerto Rican mother. She was given her opportunity in music in the early 1980s thanks to singing star Harry Belafonte, appearing in her first film called “Beat Street” portraying a singer, and her skills gained her enough recognition to earn a recording contract with Mirage Records. Her first album “Pickin’ Up Pieces” and the single “I Want Your Love” became widely popular and peaked in 9th spot of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Charts. Her music became hits in local clubs and Brenda became the queen of House music and freestyle. In 1987, she released her sophomore album which contained the ballad “I Still Believe”, which went on to reach number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and become Brenda’s signature song. Another song entitled “What You See Is What You Get” reached the number 6 spot on the Hot Dance Club Play Charts and the album itself also went to 58th spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. These provided a good start to her net worth.

Starr continued to work on music, and her songs were featured in films like “Lambada” and “License to Drive”. According to reports, Mariah Carey, who was just a background singer at the time, was endorsed by Brenda who helped her land a recording contract. Mariah Carey would eventually become one of the biggest stars for the recording company, somewhat pushing Starr out of popularity. Carey would later cover a few of Brenda’s songs like “I Still Believe”. After Starr’s album “By Heart” achieved only low sales, she was released and had to work odd jobs to support herself. Her net worth had dropped significantly at this point.

Eventually, in the late 1990s, Brenda had the idea to learn Spanish and reinvent herself as a Latin Pop artist focusing on Salsa and Tropical songs. She released a cover of the song “Herida” which became number one on the Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay charts. She then continued to make hit songs for the genre. She even became a disc jockey for the program “Under the Stars”, for MIX 102.7, WNEW-FM which furthered her popularity and raised her wealth even further than before.

For her personal life, it is known that Brenda is married and has a daughter, Gianna Isabella, who earned recognition by becoming a part of the final season of “American Idol” in 2016, reaching the top 10.

Full NameBrenda K. Starr
Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 15, 1966
Place Of BirthManhattan, New York City, USA
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, dance-pop singer
ChildrenGianna Isabella
ParentsHarvey Kaplan (Harvey Kaye)
Albums“Pickin’ Up Pieces”- I Want Your Love (1985), Brenda K. Starr (1987), “I Still Believe” (1988), By Heart (1990), All Time Greatest Hits (2002), Atrevete a Olvidarme (2005)
NominationsLatin Grammy Awards (2002, 2006), Lo Nuestro Awards (1987)
Movies“Lambada” (1990), “License to Drive” (1988)
TV Shows“Under the Stars”


Looking for Alibrandi2000performer: "Teenager of the Year"
Ladybugs1992performer: "Let's Go Undercover" - as Brenda K. Starr
Lambada1990/Iperformer: "Sata"
She's Out of Control1989performer: "You Should Be Loving Me" - as Brenda K. Starr
License to Drive1988performer: "SWEET SURRENDER"


The Two Henrys2000Melanie
Squeeze Play1979Brenda (as Brenda Kaplan)
Slow Dancing in the Big City1978Punk (as Brenda Joy Kaplan)


American Idol2016TV SeriesHerself - Gianna's Mother
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHerself
¡Mi Gente! My People!1999TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Brenda Starr)
Mariah Carey: Around the World1998TV MovieHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1989TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Beat Street1984Herself

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