You may not recognize Caroline Brooks at this moment, but that’s about to change!
She has worked with great talent such as Phredley Brown (Bruno Mars’ musical director,) John Fields (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez,) and Jim Collins (Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum,) and has built loyal fan bases in cities as diverse as Austin, Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles. Her song “Parachute” can be found in the trailer for Kate Hudson’s most recent film “A Little Bit of Heaven.”
This East Texas twenty-something songstress is coming up fast in the music industry. Beginning April 10th, you’ll be able to download Caroline’s latest single, “Tomorrow, Tonight”, on iTunes.
She took a few moments out of her busy schedule to chat with All Things Girl.
How did you become interested in music?
My dad used to play acoustic guitar and write songs for me and my two sisters. I grew up loving Paul Simon and started making up my own songs on the piano when I was 7.
How did your childhood influence where you are today?
My family always were big advocates of music and creativity and encouraged us to pursue what we loved. The world seemed so big and full of possibilities and felt like a safe place to keep trying. I think this made it easier for me to move away from my comfort zone to Los Angeles to pursue music.
What have you done to overcome the stereotype of “pretty blonde girl” to show your intelligence and savvyness?
I try to speak up and speak my mind with as much tact as possible; I try to be careful with what comes out of my mouth and the content I write and release. I grew up with a very sarcastic family, so most people are surprised when they get to know me and realize I have wit. Sometimes I feel like I try to overcompensate to beat the “blonde girl pursuing her dream in LA” stereotype,” but at the end of the day there’s only so much in your control and some people will believe whatever they want to believe.
Tell us about your upcoming single “Tomorrow, Tonight”.
Out of all my new songs, I think this one will connect to the most people. The hook is timeless, in my biased opinion. It’s such a fun song to play live and I hope the same energy translates digitally. When I performed it onstage for the first time, my Facebook and Twitter inboxes started blowing up with fans saying that the chorus was still stuck in their head and they wanted to find out where they could buy it. I love it when your song hits a nerve in a good way.
Is there anyone specific who you look up to as a role model ? Do you see yourself as a role model?
It probably sounds cliche, but Audrey Hepburn. I love that she used her platform of fame to help people through charity work, and is well-known for her quotes about beauty being more about the heart. I think everyone has the potential to be a role model. I try my best to live with integrity because I think we forget how much we effect the people around us. I would love to leave a legacy behind of selfless love.
As an entertainer, you live much of your life in the public eye. How do you balance your public and private personas?
No matter how busy things get, I try to set aside time for my friends and family. Investing in healthy relationships is key to staying grounded and reminds you what is actually important.
Is there a difference, or are you pretty much the same in and out of the spotlight?
I’m actually pretty transparent, so usually what you see is what you get.
How would you describe your style as a musician ?
I perform and write songs that are honest and epic. If it doesn’t have an element of emotional urgency or drama, I’m usually not interested. I find that the most vulnerable I am in my songs, the more people connect to them. The piano is my primary instrument, so the songs are mostly piano-based. I would say I’m similar to a female version of OneRepublic.
What was the SXSW experience like?
SXSW was so fun this year. Last year, I tried to see every band possible and was burnt-out too soon to enjoy the rest of the week. I paced myself this year and was able to fully experience some talented indie gems. I was also able to reconnect with some of my Texan friends I hadn’t seen in a while, which made the experience even more rich.
What’s on the Horizon for Caroline Brooks? What projects are on your radar?
After my single and music video release, I’ll be finishing up my EP to be released in the summer. The single is a taste of what my new EP will sound like.
My song that was featured in the trailer for Kate Hudson’s film “A Little Bit of Heaven” will be one of the songs on it. I’m excited to be releasing more music videos that will be the same cinematic style as the one for “Tomorrow, Tonight.” I’m a big fan of using a strong, visual narrative to make the song more powerful. In the meantime, I’ll also be playing shows along the west coast to promote it. Can’t wait!
Caroline’s single and music video for Tomorrow, Tonight, is available on ITUNES
Photos by Scott Witter