–Hello Brooke can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I am a native New Yorker, and I grew up downtown in a very close-knit artistic community in Greenwich Village across the street from Washington Square Park where I was exposed to all different genres of music. I could hear the music from the street musicians coming up through my window since I was a baby.
I started singing before I knew how to speak, and my first professional gig was when I was 8 years old and landed the role of Little Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. It was a pretty thrilling way to get started in the business. When I was 14, I lost my eye sight for four years from a rare eye disease. That’s when I started writing music. It helped me get through the most difficult of times and has been my saving grace ever since.
· Who are some of your musical icons?
Linda Ronstadt is my favorite voice of all time. My parents always played her albums. Jewel, Jennifer Nettles, and a lot of the girls right now like Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, and Miranda Lambert continue to inspire me with the amazing music they are putting out.
· What made you want a career in country music?
I was always drawn to country music and felt like it was my genre even though I was born and raised in New York City. A few years back a manager of mine sent me out to Nashville for a few co-writes and I immediately fell in love with it. Now having signed with Reviver Records and finding my place in the country community I truly feel like I have made a second home there.
· What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Down to Nothing?”
I wrote this song with my friend David DeVaul. I had the title in my mind for “Down To Nothing” for a song about being in a relationship with someone who loves you for all your flaws and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. We came up with a great verse but were stuck on the chorus and stepped away from it for a bit. A few months later I forced myself awake because the melody, lyrics, and chord progression all came to me in my sleep! I mumbled it into my iPhone voice memos at around 3am and thought when I woke up I’d probably think it wasn’t any good. But I played it back the next day and loved it and then played it in person for David and he was like “well, I think we’ve got ourselves a hit!”
· How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?
Inspirational, healing, anthemic, pop country
· What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?
In Nashville I love playing The Bluebird and The Listening Room. In NYC Rockwood Music Hall feels like my home stomping grounds and I love the Jones Beach Bandshell
· What is your recording process when creating and making new music?
It’s different every time depending on the producer. The recording process for “Down To Nothing” and my first single with Reviver “This Town Made Us” was particularly unusual because they were both recorded remotely during 2020 when people couldn’t be in the studio together. It was a challenge but also incredible to see how technology can make it as if we are in the same room together. My producer Dave Pittenger and I had never met until almost a year later!
· What is one of your favorite quotes?
Put on your oxygen mask first
· Is there anything else you would like to share?
A lot of new music coming out soon! Follow me on my socials to stay up to date! And for those who like adorable animals, follow me on Instagram and TikTok: my rabbit Sherlock makes a few cameos 🙂