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In the midst of collaborating with and writing for Nashville-based musicians and orchestras, Brooke took time off in 2011 and 2012 to record and tour with Jack White. Licensing deals with prominent TV shows emerged as well, building a credible showcase of Brooke’s artistry and songwriting abilities. For the musician herself though, she is happiest when writing and poring over the keys of her piano. “Writing is thrilling for me. And wherever you are putting your time, there you will see the fruits of your labor,” Brooke says, “Or so I’m hoping.”

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Music, like fashion, food and a bevy of other cultural landscapes, continually waffles between nostalgia and innovation, cycling through one reinvention to the next. Brooke Waggoner’s inherent grasp and commitment to her sound, seems decidedly unconventional considering these patterns of trend. “I found my sound at a pretty young age,” says the songwriter, composer and performer. That sound, explored and refined in her latest album, SWEVEN, draws the notes between her past and present and doesn’t hesitate to mine an unusual source – herself. Brooke found herself revisiting her earliest work, captured in a pre-YouTube phase of life, that she had recorded throughout her childhood. “My mom is a big memorabilia person and really pushed me to record everything on cassette tapes at the time. I have every lyric I’ve written since age nine.”

Brooke ended up producing the album, and handpicking a close knit group of friends and family to play. The deadline was self-imposed. “My only goal was to finish it before my son was born. It came down literally to the day. I tracked my last set of vocals the afternoon before his arrival.”

The album, released January 2016, builds upon her previous work to tackle a more direct conversation about aging — in her words, “the beauty that lies within every notch on your belt, the good ones and the bad ones.” Its subject matter reveals a maturing artist and musician, and an evolving outlook brewing since the release of her freshman EP, “Fresh Pair of Eyes,” which was heralded as “[O]ne of the most exciting releases to come out of America in 2007” by the London Sunday Times when it debuted on the Nashville scene. Her next release, “Heal For The Honey” plumbed the depths of heartbreak and repair with a jaunty, 70’s-esque pop lightness. With “Go Easy Little Doves,” released in 2009, the flemished featured musician took a turn for the pastoral with lush, unbridled instrumentals. It later debuted as number one on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. “Originator,” promoted in 2013 and dubbed “[A] bold step forward” by Entertainment Weekly, led to gigs at Austin City Limits Fest and Lollapalooza.

In the midst of collaborating with and writing for Nashville-based musicians and orchestras, Brooke took time off in 2011 and 2012 to record and tour with Jack White. Licensing deals with prominent TV shows emerged as well, building a credible showcase of Brooke’s artistry and songwriting abilities. For the musician herself though, she is happiest when writing and poring over the keys of her piano. “Writing is thrilling for me. And wherever you are putting your time, there you will see the fruits of your labor,” Brooke says, “Or so I’m hoping.”

— written by Rachel Jones

  • Snow day with my favorite tiny human ❄️❄️❄️!
  • Photo booth magic courtesy of @chilidogcowboy 😍😍
  • Texas, you were real nice! We had a GREAT time, and BIG thanks to @musicbed for flawless production! Many sweet moments shared in this room last night. @bodum1118 @jnslrzno 📷 @saltnsmoke #musicbedsessions
  • Came home to find this...whoooaaaa! Literally went from 🌊🌴🌞 to ❄️☃🌨 in the span of 4 hours. So beautiful though.
  • Last night was good fun at the Marriott Platinum Ballroom! What a treat making music with all of these fine people 🎹 Thank you @yamahaentertainmentgroup
  • Immense gratitude to you all for showing such love with the album release! In a day & age where content over-saturation and pirating is ruling the scene, music still wins!! You guys have shown up and made me believe in that again. XO to all!
  • Did a shoot today with @chrisdanielsart for a very cool project coming up about SWEVEN. More on that soon!

At the end of the session, Chris asked to photograph my person in our living room for his upcoming Body Spaces series. I love what he captured 😌 Magic eyes, that one.
  • Last night was so special, to say the least. So much love and support. Nashville is still one of my favorite cities to play and make music in. People care about art and culture here, and the conversation surrounding our community of creatives could not have been sweeter. Heart full! 📷 @williampriceiii
  • Come hear the new music in-person tonight! So excited to play SWEVEN "live" for you!!! Pre-sale tickets have sold out but we've got an extra 50 left at the door! 
At Eastside Manor ---->
Doors - 7 pm || Good Buddy - 7:45 pm || BW - 8:45 pm.
  • This is how days like today make you feel 🙌🏻 It's release day! SWEVEN is officially out in the world and we're celebrating!!!!! Many people to thank for making this a reality...... @jessiarnold #pietrogarrone @heidirossphoto @joemochas #adammccants #sacks&co #tonetree @stereotonic_clint @stereotonic_chris @edwardspear @athensmasters @loganmatheny @jnslrzno @bodum1118 #philipwaggoner #darrenphipps @phaedrajeanartmachine @bmi @kylerictor #bobbyshin #daviddavidson @thezachcasebolt @betsygoblue #mattslocum #jackjezzro @itunes @amazon @bigcartel #sweven
  • So..... one of the things I most excited about with this new album are the 12 encaustic paintings visual artist, Phaedra Taylor made to coincide with the 12 tracks from the record! They are GORGEOUS little pieces of art. 
We'll have them on display at the release show this Saturday here in Nashville! Be sure and get tix if you're interested (link in profile). @phaedrajeanartmachine
  • Vinyl is shipppppping! 📦📀📡🎛
  • The new music video for "Ovenbird" is now out in the world! Starring @jnslrzno with a cameo from @beccamancari.

The story is about a young man "on the verge of being fine" seeking self exploration and liberation from a girl in his past. Though technology can often make this difficult when trying to move on. A solo camping trip in the woods where I encounter this young man and offer a touch of reflection. Conceptualized and shot by @williampriceiii. 
Link in profile. Hope you all enjoy it!
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