Ascending Women Through Her Story of Pain : Hollywood Actress and Country Singer Brenda Epperson'
Inside The Girls Room interviewed Actress, singer, and minister Brenda Epperson who is best known for her role as Ashley Abbott of the CBS day time soap opera "The Young and The Restless. Epperson shared her story of struggles before landing the role as Ashley Abbott, and her testimony of pain and being broken.
The Young and The Restless story line is much similar to the Tyler Perry soap opera of the Haves and Have Nots, focusing on two core families: the wealthy Brooks family and the working class Foster family. Epperson played the second actress to portray the character of Ashley Abbott in 1995 as the wife of Victor.
Before landing the role she was working as an waitress at MGM in LA to support her dreams. She credits God and being at the right place at the right time when it comes to receiving the role. When asked how did she feel being viewed in front of millions of people as a first time actress, she reveals it was her faith that everything was going to be ok.
Check out the interview below.
Brenda then went on to sign with Sony Tri/Star Music and was chosen as the opening act for Lionel Richie and toured Europe along with Sheila E. Epperson has also hosted the UStream show, Actors-E Chat, interviewing other celebrities.
But the world had no idea that Epperson was holding in a deep dark secret that led her to the journey of freedom. After the passing of her father in 1973, it left a young Brenda feeling rather uneasy and abandoned, with leaving her mother to raise her and her sister. During Epperson's childhood she was molested at the age of 6 and never revealed the secret to her mother until becoming older. Epperson's mom felt what any mother would feel, hurt, saddened, and broken by the news that her daughter revealed.
It has become Brenda's mission to help other women ASCEND higher in order to heal from being broken through her powerful Ascend Conference for women. The Ascend Women's Conference is a yearly event where hundreds of women come together to be free and heal from pain in their life. In her book The Blessedness of Brokenness she states
“I thank God because in my personal brokenness, I have experienced healing, restoration, newness, hope and God’s amazing grace. This is often costly, painful, and difficult. I remember times I could barely get out of bed to face another day! We can be broken in many ways, physically, through divorce, death of a loved one, or addiction, but I have realized that through everything we all have a choice! We can remain unbroken in our comfort zone and in pain if we’d like, but when we choose to say 'yes' to Christ, He begins to break us and mold us so we can be healed and put back together in His image, not ours. If we remain unbroken, we have no impact or affect for God, or for others around this world.”
Epperson is currently married to producer and writer, Lorenzo Doumani. Her story reveals that we all have a greater calling upon our lives no matter what painful story we have encountered. She shares with us all the lessons she has learned through her experience by waking up other women to healing in her music.
Checkout Epperson's recent feature on the cover of Westlake Malibu Magazine below.