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Essra Mohawk (born Sandra Elayne Hurvitz on April 23, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter who has recorded a dozen albums, many receiving critical acclaim.

Her best known songs are Sufferin' Til Sufferage and Interjections! (both from School House Rock), Change of Heart, recorded by Cyndi Lauper and Stronger Than the Wind, recorded by Tina Turner. Her only contribution to the Barney franchise was for the film's soundtrack in which she wrote the song "Dream (Twinken's Tune)".

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In addition to releasing several critically acclaimed solo albums, she has collaborated with Al Jarreau, Bonnie Bramlett, Al Stewart, Narada Michael Walden, and Keb' Mo'; provided background vocals for John Mellencamp, Jerry Garcia, and Kool & the Gang; and written songs for Cyndi Lauper and Tina Turner. She released her first single, "The Boy with the Way" with B-side "Memory of Your Voice," on Liberty Records in 1964, under the name Jamie Carter. She later declined several offers of staff writerships, although the Shangri-Las and Vanilla Fudge began recording her material.[1]

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