Singers come and go literally all the time and it’s very rare to find one with an amazing voice and that “It Factor”! Well y’all, the lovely miss Allie Brooks is it!!
I am super picky about music and there’s only a handful of female artists that I can listen to on repeat. Allie Brooks is now on that list.
One of the things I love about Allie’s vocals is that she makes it seem effortless.
It’s a lot like when you see Olympic athletes compete and for a few days you’re convinced you to could win Gold, because they make it look easy!!
Then you hit the slopes and you realize that your never going to win gold, ever!!
That’s how Allie makes singing look and sound!! In all of her videos she’s just sitting in her house playing guitar, sounding AMAZING! But unfortunately for me, I am not so talented. I’m so bad I am never going to attempt it, unless I’ve had a huge amount of alcohol and since I don’t drink, it’s never going to happen, (your welcome!!).
So after I about had a heart attack after hearing Allie busting out in her living room, I couldn’t wait to feature her in my ∆Artist Spotlight∆ and fortunately for me, she said yes!!!
(I did the happy dance when she did!!)
Q1. Music is such a crazy industry, what made you make that leap into it?
Why would I not want to leap into it? I cannot imagine a better way to spend this life than to play music. I do not know what future this industry holds for me, and the reality is it might not have a place for me. With that said, I am very excited to find out where God intended me to use my gift.
Q2. With so many amazing genres, where would you put your music?
Because of my odd combination of influences I have a very odd voice, I get a lot of complements on the “Irish Folk” element of my voice— I have no idea what that means but it sounds awesome. Alongside that I also get told I have a “haunting voice” — again I am not sure if they meant that as a complement but I think it’s slightly fitting for my voice — My songs are stories and because I lack a band I always perform just me and my guitar so my music feels like that simple singer/songwriter genre. . . so basically I am clueless.
Q3. Who is one of your biggest musical influences?
Vocally I studied Allison Krauss, Kelly Clarkson, Dixie Chicks, Cher, and Christina Aguilera when I was younger. As I got older most of my influences became male. Before I knew it, I wanted to be Randy Travis or Keith Whitley— a difficult task as you can imagine.
Instrumentally, Need To Breathe is how I hear my music in my head when I image what my songs would sound like full produced.
Q4. Where do you pull inspiration from when writing your music?
Personal events in my life. Drew Ramsey, my songwriting professor at Belmont, said that it is our job as writers to capture emotions. We all count on songwriters to put what we are feeling into words, into expression, when we lack the ability to do so. I have recently realized that I try to capture people in my songs, typically people who have left, so that I can keep them close to me. I write to preserve memories, both good and bad, as a way to always remember the events that shaped me to be who I am.
Q5. If you could duet with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?
Michael Jackson or Allison Krauss. I probably wouldn’t be able to sing though, I would probably just ugly girl cry and fall into their voices like melted butter.
Q6. Do play any instruments, if so how many and which is your favorite?
I play guitar. I have three, their names are Charlotte, Jasper, and Aspen. They’re very good friends of mine.
Q7. What’s your favorite part of performing?
As a young lady I always want to feel beautiful. This may not make sense to anyone, but when I sing I feel so beautiful. I am completely incapable of fully showing my emotions, because of this I come off very hard to people. When I am singing I am able to be me. You will learn more about me in one song than you will will in an hour long conversation with me.
Q8. What was the best advice you’ve been given about your music?
My father once told as songwriters we are not writing our stories, we are writing their stories. Because of this I have been able to write my own personal stories in a way that could relate to anyone.
Q9. What do you do when you have writers block?
I listen. I listen to conversations around me. I look at book titles. I talk to God and ask him to put something on my heart so that I could write something someone needs to hear. Most importantly, I don’t force anything.
Q10. What would you tell someone who’s thinking about getting into music?
There will always be someone who thinks you can’t sing, your songs suck, or that you won’t be successful because this is a man’s industry (specifically to girls). Always be polite, “thank you for your time” and move on. If you truly were made to be in music then when the time is right all those people who told you now will see what they passed on. Also, never get caught up in what “you deserve”. This industry is about connections and relationships and no one wants to write music with someone who doesn’t split the cowrite 50/50. If you truly deserve something you will obtain it at the right time.
Q11. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Betty White — that’s that.
Q12. If someone made a story about your life, who would you want to play you?
Miley Cyrus (Bae)
Q13. What is one song that best describes 2015?
Turn Down for What- DJ Snake and Lil John
Q14. Since it seems like everyone is DVRing something, what show are you currently obsessed with?
I do not have a TV, but I watch Netflix. I love nature. LOVE it. So I watch all the Nature films and totally geek over them.
Q15. If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could only take one food item, one CD and your celebrity crush what/who would you take?
I would take Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and we would listen to Miley Cyrus Bangerz album and eat Spaghetti.
Q16. What are your plans for 2016?
Learn. Learn everything I can about everything. I am not in a place right now were I am the best I can be. My voice gets stronger every day and I cannot wait to see the artist I will be in 4 or 5 years. I am currently finishing my 2nd year at Belmont University and I want to spend my years here learning and further finding myself as an artist.
And if you’re going to be in Nashville on
March 16th you can see live Allie at 3rd and Lindsley!! Get all the info here!!