October 29, 2004

Brenda Russell Diagnosed With Diabetes, Will Skip Dave Koz Christmas Tour

Vocalist Brenda Russell, who has been diagnosed with diabetes, will not perform as part of Dave Koz's annual Christmas tour under advice from her doctors.

BrendaRussell.jpgVocalist Brenda Russell has been diagnosed with diabetes. Because of concerns for her health, her doctors have advised her to cancel her participation in the eighth annual Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour.

Patti Austin, a good friend of Russell's, with replace her on the 22-city tour, which begins Nov. 26 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. On her website, Brenda says she was looking forward to the tour this year to connect with the loyal fans of the holiday show, in which she has performed several time. She adds that she’s disappointed but felt that getting healthy was the best choice for her now so she will be able to get back on the road soon.

In a note to her fans on her website, Brenda says: “With all of the good things that are happening in my life right now, being diagnosed with diabetes was definitely a shocking turn of events. However, I have learned that so many people have this disease and lead normal lives with proper medication, diet and exercise. We are actually having an epidemic in this country, particularly among African-Americans, so I would like to encourage those of you who think you might be at risk or have diabetes in your family, to please go and get tested. It is a preventable disease if you catch the signs early enough. I'm sorry I'm going to miss doing some of my new material on the road with my buddy Dave Koz and friends this Christmas, but I promise to be back out next year to do some live gigs for you. I guess this is just God's way of getting me to lay down for a minute while I become adjusted to a new lifestyle. I'm wishing everyone a happy and blessed holiday season."

On Oct. 5, Russell released her first album in four years, Between The Sun And The Moon, which features the single “I Know You By Heart.”

Posted by Brian Soergel at October 29, 2004 8:22 PM