Get to know Brooke
Brooke is a young female country music singer/songwriter from a small rural town in upstate New York who released her debut EP in March 2016.
Brooke started singing at the age of 4 in the Children’s Choir at church and the school chorus beginning in elementary school. When she was 12 years old she began to spend more time singing and listening to music as she was not included in many things other kids did. Brooke has always had a big heart and would spend time with anyone labeled as different although not the popular thing to do she refused to ignore these kids. When interviewed as a finalist in a country music radio station competition Brooke said, “Music was kind of like my buddy, I didn’t have many friends…” http://981thehawk.com/brooke-albright-could-be-the-next-hawk-hitmaker-2/ . She always loved to sing and eventually found that performing gave her a way to express who she really was, an outgoing compassionate young girl.
Just before turning 13 years old Brooke met Demi Lovato who encouraged Brooke to follow her music dreams. At the time she liked pop starts such as Michael Jackson, the Back Street Boys, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers but really enjoyed the passion of songs by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
At the age of 13 she began her music training at the Teen Rock Shop under the tutelage of Jo and Mike Whitney and was the lead singer in two teen pop bands, Wildflower Contrast and Super Celery that played at local cafés. She also began to enter singing contests and won 1st prize for her performances at the “Kidz 4 Muzik” festival at the age of 14. At the age of 15 she started to play guitar, heard Luke Bryan’s song I Don’t Want This Night To End and her southern DNA (her Mom is from Louisiana) took over and it has been Country Music ever since. It was at that time that she began working with vocal coach Virginia “Adri” Young who provided not only vocal coaching but inspired Brooke to have the confidence to perform as a solo artist and began to work with her writing music. She set Brooke up to perform as a solo artist at a number of music spotlights and coffee shop gigs. However, Brooke was still ignored or made fun of by many of her peers as most of her music efforts to this point where outside of school activities. The way Brooke put it “I feel alone in a crowd, I try to talk to people but they just ignore me or kick me out of the lunch table when I sit with them”. Brooke continued to follow her music passion.
By the time Brooke was a sophomore in high school she had been a finalist in a number of music competitions and that year began to get noticed by her peers especially after she was runner up in the school talent show performing Taylor Swift’s “Eyes Open”. She followed that up at the age of 17 with an audition and being chosen to participate in Binghamton New York’s 98.1 The Hawk country radio station’s music competition Hitmaker Challenge. Along with the support of the school and community she finished as the runner up performing in the finals at Tioga Downs Casino.
A couple of weeks after the radio station contest, Brooke went to a local tavern to have dinner with her parents and the band Pawn Shop was playing. Patty Moat, the lead singer in the band had become aware of Brooke as the runner-up from the country radio competition. She asked Brooke to perform live that night and with a borrowed guitar Brooke performed Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” and “Mean” by Taylor Swift. She was so energized by the exceptional response from the crowd she knew performing country music was where her heart was and what she wanted to do with her life.
Fortunate for Brooke, also performing at the tavern that night was Jack “Bastard” Breidenstein, www.jackbastard.net who was the one that lent his acoustic guitar to Brooke. Jack has been in the music business for a long time as a signer, songwriter, and guitarist having toured extensively in Canada and the North East. He played as the supporting act for Gavin DeGraw, Cheap Trick, Hoobastank, The Ramones, Platinum Blonde, B.T.O., Trace Atkins, Bo Bice and others. Jack has worked with legendary producers Daniel Lianias (U2, Neil Young, Dashboard Confessional), Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson, Pink, Nelly) and Jeff DaBella (Autopilot Off, Dena) and Jack eventually started producing music for his company Imperial East.
Brooke began working with Jack, writing music as well as performing together and she now had the support of two music mentors. She began to frequently get requests to make guest appearances with local bands and performing solo gigs. As a very giving person she has performed solo gigs at many charity events including , Saint Patrick’s Fall Fest, Jessica Burrell’s JKB Foundation, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to name a few. She began performing shows with Jack and performing more frequently as a solo artist at local clubs (before she was even of age), the annual spiedie fest and balloon rally, restaurants and café’s. In the spring of 2013 at the age of 17 Brooke went to Nashville Tennessee where she performed at the Bluebird Café and the Commodore Grill. That summer Brooke met Tim McGraw who was kind enough to spend time talking with her encouraging her to live her music dream.
By the time Brooke was a senior in high school she won the school talent show with her original song “Walk With You” co-written by voice coach and music mentor Virginia Young and followed that up with another 2nd place finish in 98.1 Hawk country music radio Hitmaker Challenge.
Jack then began working with Brooke co-writing and produced her debut EP. She continued to perform at local music venues and more recently gigs further away from the local music scene in other upstate New York venues. After performing more than 60 shows Brooke released her debut EP “Here’s To Us” in March 2016 that is available digitally on line at most online outlets with physical copies available on line at CD Baby and Music City in Vestal NY. Brooke would love to have y’all join the Brooke Albright Country Music Army.