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Formed in 1976, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Brainstorm were a Detroit '70's funk band.

They recorded for Tabu in the late '70's.

Brainstorm started in 1976, and one of their members:

Renell Gonsalves (drummer) (b. 13th July 1948, Chicago, U.S.A., was the son of longtime Ellington sax great Paul Gonsalves)

Other band members were:

Belita Karen Woods a.k.a B.B.Belita (lead vocals) (b. 23rd October 1948, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. d. 14th May 2012, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.)

Charles 'Chuck' Overton (alto / soprano sax) (b. St Louis, Missourri, U.S.A.)

Jeryl Bright (trombone) (b. 18th July 1955, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

Bob Ross a.k.a. Professor R J Ross (keyboards)

Larry H. Sims a.k.a. 'Leap' (b. 25th June 1951, U.S.A.)

Gerald Kent (lead & rhythm guitar) (b. 1952, U.S.A.)

Trenita Womack a.k.a 'Bongo Lady Way' (vocalist)

E. Lamont Johnson (bass)

Deon Estus a.k.a. Jeffery Deon Estus (bass) (b. 1956, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.)

later replaced by:

Deon Estes (former member of the Blackbyrds) (bass)


Willie Wooten (keyboards) (b. 1954, U.S.A.)


Brainstorm were formed as a splinter group from the band 5th Revelation.

They made an inspirational / message track in 1977, 'Wake Up And Be Somebody,' but enjoyed their biggest hit later that year in 'Lovin' Is Really My Game'.

It reached number 14 on the R & B charts.


stormin' - 1977 / journey to the light - 1978

Their 1978 album 'Journey To The Light' contained the tracks 'We're On Our Way Home' and 'Brand New Day', both popular on the UK dancefloors.


funky entertainment - 1979

In 1979, they capitalised on the disco boom with their album 'Funky Entertainment' which contained the disco outing 'Hot For You'.

This album is remembered fondly by soul punters for the great soul ballad tucked away on the second side entitled 'You Put A Charge In My Life'.

Belita Woods belita woods

Belita Woods co-wrote 'Say You Will' for L.J. Reynolds and had a solo release in 1973 entitled 'I Just Love You' on Epic.

Belita sadly passed away in May 2012. can check out Brainstorm's ex bass player, Lamont Johnson's website, right here...

or check what Gerald Kent is up to thesedays...

Real Player


Stormin' (RCA Records 1977)

Journey to the Light (Tabu Records 1978)

Funky Entertainment (Tabu Records 1979)

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