Singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale’s new EP, Words in Your Eyes, showcases a rising talent in the midst of an intriguing transition. The EP features less of the acoustic folk pop sound that has appeared on her previous releases—particularly on her stunning 2011 full-length release, Silence Worth Breaking, which Stereo Subversion called “phenomenal,” and Glide Magazine hailed as “the kind of record that some artists wait their whole lives to make”—and focuses instead on an electric sound mixed with ambient sensibilities and lots of orchestration. Some of the tracks were written during the Silence sessions, and while they did not make the final cut for that record they still help this EP feel even more like a transition from the Silence era to whatever she has in mind next.
Brief List of Accomplishments:
Brooke's 2011 release "Silence Worth Breaking" was nominated for a 2011 Independent Music Award (and recently was awarded the fan vote) in the Best Adult Contemporary album category.
Brooke's music has been featured on TV shows "One Tree Hill" "The Hart of Dixie," "Jane by Design" and other shows on MTV, VH1 and CMT.
Brooke showcased at NACA Mid Atlantic Festival 2012 (Emcee) and was selected as an alternate for NACA Northern Plains 2012, NACA Mid Atlantic 2011 and NACA South 2012.
Brooke raised over $10,000 for her new album via the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com
Brooke has been invited to open for: Hanson, Rooney, Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Tony Lucca, Matthew Mayfield, David Ramirez, Julian Velard, Charlie Mars, Kim Taylor, Julie Lee, Daphne Willis and Steven Delopoulos.
Winner of We Are Listening 2011 Singer/Songwriter Awards Round 2
Winner of 3 Belmont University Showcases (Participant in 5 University Showcases), all of which are judged by Nashville music industry professionals
Has performed at Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, University of Kentucky, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg, Penn State University, Geneva College, Northern KY University Radio, Heartland Community College, (and at venues next to) Juniata College, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University.
Brooke has written and recorded 3 full length albums and 1 EP since 2004.
Pittsburgh native, Nashville resident and singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale combines earthy vocals, insightful lyrics and acoustic pop folk sounds to create dynamic and engaging performances. Vocally, she has a smoky quality and employs a pleasing thickness and pitch that are reminiscent of Natalie Merchant. Her lyrics bleed with an uncommon wisdom for a twenty-four-year-old, as the tales she tells about love, loss, faith and finding yourself are simultaneously deeply personal and wholly universal in their application. Brooke’s third album, Silence Worth Breaking, is her most well-rounded effort yet, featuring dreamy folk-pop, radio-ready pop-rock, edgy groove rock and even some stripped down numbers where it’s largely her and her acoustic guitar. Brooke’s music is loaded with life and gravitas, and her confidence and thought-provoking lyrics will leave you wanting to hear more when she’s done.
“Silence Worth Breaking” was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Paul Moak. After working with Brooke in the studio Moak said, “Brooke Annibale is an artist of true depth both as a writer and a performer. Her ability to draw you in with that voice is equally matched by what she has to say once you are there.” Moak has worked with national artists Third Day, Jennifer Knapp, Matthew Mayfield, Mat Kearney. The new album was funded by Brooke’s fans through a campaign on the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.com. Songs from the album have been featured on several TV shows including "One Tree Hill" and "Hart of Dixie" as well as shows on MTV, CMT, and VH1. Most recently the album was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Best Adult Contemporary Album category.
Brooke’s third album follows “Memories in Melody” and “The In Between,” released in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Over the course of that time period, Brooke attended Belmont University in Nashville where she earned a degree in Music Business. Upon graduation, she returned home to Pittsburgh to pursue her career in music both locally and nationally and has been invited to open for musicians Katie Herzig, Matthew Perryman Jones, Tony Lucca, Matthew Mayfield, David Ramirez, Julian Velard, Charlie Mars, Kim Taylor, Julie Lee and Steven Delopoulos. In August 2010, she won a contest on OurStage.com to open for bands Hanson and Rooney at the Carnegie Library Music Hall. For more information on Brooke, visit www.brookeannibale.com.
Words in Your Eyes EP (2013) - 6 song EP
Silence Worth Breaking (2011) - 10 song album
**Nominated for 2011 Independent Music award for Best Adult Contemporary Album**
The In Between (2008) - 14 song album
The Nashville EP (2007) - 4 song EP
Memories in Melody (2005) - 10 song album
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Brooke Annibale breaks silence with accomplished 3rd album
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"Produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Jennifer Knapp) and funded by her fans, "Silence Worth Breaking" ..."Produced by Paul Moak (Third Day, Jennifer Knapp) and funded by her fans, "Silence Worth Breaking" is a lush, polished, major-label-sounding neo-folk record in the spirit of a Sarah McLachlan or Beth Orton. Ms. Annibale has written tenderly about love (mostly) and delivers the songs with hushed bedroom intimacy and gorgeous vocal range."
By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Under the Radar: Brooke Annibale
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"The songs are done in a stunning, hypnotic fashion, encompassing several different genres in master..."The songs are done in a stunning, hypnotic fashion, encompassing several different genres in masterful ways. And the fact that this is all coming from a 23-year-old is even more astounding given the wisdom that bleeds from every corner of this record."
9.5/10 Review of Silence Worth Breaking by Brooke Annibale
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Rating: 9.5 / 10 "Pittsburgh-based Brooke Annibale’s fourth project, Silence Worth Breaking, is the...Rating: 9.5 / 10
"Pittsburgh-based Brooke Annibale’s fourth project, Silence Worth Breaking, is the best independent recording I have ever listened to. Bar none... Annibale’s vocals are filled with a combination of chilling longing, a downright combustible sort of passion and a wizened sense of knowledge that many people twice her age will never have."
Nashville singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale hopes to connect at a deeper level (INTERVIEW)
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“I get by with a little help from my friends.” The familiar lyric from the classic Beatles song ring...“I get by with a little help from my friends.” The familiar lyric from the classic Beatles song rings true for most of us in our daily routines. It also happens to be a notion that resonates with Pittsburgh singer/songwriter Brooke Annibale, who used help from a number of “friends” on a Kickstarter.com campaign last year in order to help bring her latest effort, Silence Worth Breaking, to life.
The album is full of gravitas, passion, joy, sorrow, humility and boldness, and it’s all done in a stunning, hypnotic fashion that is as authentic as anything you’ve heard so far in 2011. And the fact that this latest release (her fourth) is coming from someone who isn’t even 25-years-old yet is all the more astounding given the wisdom that bleeds from every corner of this record. It is clear that Brooke tries to absorb as much as she can wherever she is — be it on stage opening for Hanson in Pittsburgh, or when she was a student at Belmont University in Nashville — and her music is richer because of this.
She’s an overanalyzer — a fact which is further cemented by the frequent pauses that took place during this interview — and while she admits that can be frustrating for some people when they converse with her, the painstaking attention she pays to her words is a large part of what makes Silence Worth Breaking resonate so deeply with the listener, and why this young woman is a talent worth watching.
Stereo Subversion: So what first inspired you to make music?
Brooke Annibale: Well, I started writing lyrics when I was really young, just fun songs. I don’t know really what made me start doing that [Laughs]. But by the time I was about 15, I was getting a little more serious about it. I wanted to be able to put music to the lyrics that I had been writing for a while, and so I decided to start playing guitar. So I started taking guitar lessons. The guitar was a natural first choice for me because I had members of my family that had played before. So I asked my mom if I could start taking lessons and as soon as I knew enough chords to put together, I started writing songs because that was my goal in learning guitar. So I guess songwriting was sort of the main interest that drew me to music.
SSv: Now with writing has that always been sort of the way you process life and emotions and different things?
I love being able to have the opportunity to connect with people, to relate with people, because all my life, whatever my favorite record was, you connect with that artist and what they’re saying and you relate to them and you sort of feel like, 'Hey, I’m not alone in this world.'
Brooke: Yeah, I’d say that songwriting has always sort of been the way I express myself, I suppose. Most of my songwriting is based on experiences — life, faith, whatever struggles or joys that are currently happening — so yeah, that’s always how I’ve expressed myself. So, I suppose “yes” is the answer to your question! [Laughs]
SSv: Tell us a bit about the journey of getting Silence Worth Breaking made. I read about your Kickstarter campaign and how instrumental your fans were in getting it made, plus there was a contest you won through Ourstage.com, is that right?
Brooke: Well the Ourstage contest was something entirely separate. It was just a contest to open for Hanson, and I saw it on there and thought, “Why not?” [Laughs] I had a friend here in Pittsburgh win a contest on there before to play at Lilith Fair, and that’s how I found out about the website — unfortunately a little too late for the Lilith Fair thing. [Laughs] But I thought, ‘Why not? I’ll give it a shot,’ and ended up winning the opportunity to open up for Hanson in Pittsburgh and that was pretty cool. [Laughs]
The Kickstarter thing I decided to do to raise money for my new record. I think the whole backstory to how this record got started is that I went to Belmont University in Nashville and graduated in ’09. And one of the kids that I was friends with and graduated with started working at a studio down there a couple years ago with this producer Paul [Moak] whom I worked with on this record. As soon as my friend got there to start working he was like, ‘You gotta work with this guy named Paul. He’s great.’
So finally in September, I went and visited the studio with my friend, and it was just the best studio I’ve come across in my years as a musician. Just all the instruments you could want to experiment with were set up and ready to go, and everything was in the studio to work with already, you know? So basically it was like a dream come true to me and I wanted to do anything to make it possible to work there and work with Paul. [Laughs]
So I started a Kickstarter campaign after I had spoken with Paul and his manager for a while and ran that through the month of October. And we reached our goal, which was $10,000, and it did what it said, it kickstarted the project and I started recording in December.
SSv: That’s awesome. That must have been pretty gratifying to get a campaign on there, hope for the best and then find out that there are enough people out there who believe in what you’re doing that they will help you get that done.
Brooke: Yeah, it was. It was really great. It was like…for over how many days I did this it was every day I’d get a couple more backers and it was almost like opening a Christmas present every day, you know? [Both laugh] It was so exciting just to see a lot of people I knew, and some people I never would have expected, and some people I had no idea who they were; they just found me through this thing, you know? And so it was really cool. It got a lot of people excited, I think, which was a lot of the goal: to make people excited about the new music and get people involved.
SSv: Silence Worth Breaking is a bit of a loaded title. If the album isn’t done properly, then the title has the potential to come off as being really pretentious, but this actually is a very, very appropriate title for your CD. I think given the content and the way the album is done that the title is very appropriate, but I’m curious about how that title jumped out to you and why you chose it.
Brooke: When we finished doing all the songs, we were looking through the lyrics — and when I say ‘we’ I mean me, the engineer, Paul — we were looking through lyrics trying to find that one phrase that sums up how you feel about this record or what you feel this expresses. And we couldn’t find it in any of the songs that I had on the record, but there was one song that I had cut that didn’t make the cut of the record that was called “Silence Worth Breaking,” and when I shared that title with them they were like, “Oh! That sounds great!”
But I expressed the same concern you mentioned. I was like, “But doesn’t that sound a little pretentious?” And they were like, “No, no. It makes me want to listen to it and see what it’s about. That title intrigues me.” And so, knowing that it was the title of a song that I didn’t put on the record, it felt a little weird picking a title of a song that didn’t make the CD, but I think that the song is more about having difficult conversations that need to happen.
So in that sense, it’s silence worth breaking. So it does have a lot of different meanings, but that’s kind of what I always like about music and about art is that it’s up to the person’s interpretation as to what it means, so I thought it was kind of a cool way to label this record.
SSv: Yeah, it sort of hints at the fact that these are almost tales of necessity that have to be told, there’s something in here that needs to be said. It’s like there’s some sort of wisdom that needs to be shared. It’s a pretty interesting dynamic, I think.
Brooke: Yeah. Cool!
SSv: So you’re barely into your twenties, but with the content of your songs you write with the hand and the wisdom of someone who is much older than that. So I’m curious about what helps shape the stories you tell in your songs. You said earlier that it helps you process things but how much of all this comes from observing the world around you and how much of it is introspective or meditative?
Brooke: I feel like I’ve always been a thinker and an overanalyzer. It takes me a lot of time… I’ve found that sometimes people are frustrated with me in a conversation because I take so long to express my thoughts or feelings back at whatever they’re saying to me because I have to analyze my thoughts before I express them. And so maybe that’s why I put a lot of, especially on this record, put a lot of time and thought into the lyrics, to make them say what I want them to say in a new and interesting way, hopefully. [Laughs]
SSv: A lot of it is interesting, for sure. Especially “Under Streetlights.” I love that song.
SSv: So what’s the story behind that one?
Brooke: Well, I just sort of took it as thinking retrospectively about a relationship and how it progressed over time, and how each part of each verse takes you from beginning to the end and then to the unknown future. So I tried to approach it in that way and that’s how it turned out the way it did.
SSv: One of the things I like most about this record are the subtle choices you made. Like on “Tryin’” where your vocals are little more than a whisper, it seems like that would have to be a conscious decision on your part to do it that way because you could just sing it normally if you wanted to. Or choosing to do a duet with Tyler Burkum for your first single, “Yours and Mine.” I’m curious how you came to these decisions and what you think these elements add to your album.
Brooke: Well as far as the song “Tryin’,” it actually has an interesting story about the recording of it because leading up to the recording in December I had been sending Paul some demos that I had done on my computer or wherever, of the songs that I was thinking about doing. And that song in particular, the demo version on my computer was something I recorded really late at night and I had to be really quiet.
So I had recorded it really quiet and he just loved it that way, just almost as a whisper, so he said, “I’d really like to try to recreate that in the studio.” I think it was the last song we did with a full band for the whole record, but we all went into the room together and Paul set these ground rules that each musician would play an instrument that they hadn’t yet played on the record. We would do it live, and then my vocals I’d be in an isolation booth and everybody else would play everything and we’d get it all in one take.
So he was on that big bell that you hear sometimes after the chorus (on the song), the drummer was on the xylophone, the bass player was on some keys and the guitar player was on another piano and we just ran through it like three or four times and kept the one we liked the best and it like basically a live recording. And then we threw some random cello sounds on top of it which weren’t part of the original live recording, but yeah it’s basically a live take from everyone on there which makes the song a really special memory for me, for recording live.
Brooke: Yeah, and Tyler Burkum plays electric guitar along with Paul on the record and so when we thought about putting a male vocal on that song, he was still around in Nashville and we said, ‘Would you think about singing on this?’ and so he came in and sang on it. We didn’t know right away who we would put on there, but we wanted to try make it sort of live but more like a background vocal track just to make it a little special, and Tyler really fit the part and sounded good, so we’ve got a good track there.
SSv: Now you’ve mentioned Paul Moak, your producer, a couple times so far. What was it like working with him?
Brooke: It was really awesome. When we first started talking about doing this and he listened to some of my demos, I was really anxious to see what he would think because I hadn’t shared these songs with a lot of people yet, and his reaction was he really loved the stuff and he wanted to create this vibe. I think that’s the best word that describes Paul is that he’s always trying to create a vibe. You know, you walk into the studio and there’s all these candles lit and the lights are low and it feels like a very creative environment. He always has incense burning, you know, that kind of thing. [Both laugh]
He’s just so talented. He’ll pick up a guitar and do a part, he’ll sing vocals a couple times, he’ll walk in and say, ‘I want this here. I’ve been hearing this part on the xylophone the whole time,’ you know? He’s just really incredible with what he can hear and put together. And especially the environment that he’s created for people to make music because if you check out his website there are pictures of the studio and you can kind of get an idea of what I’m talking about with the creative environment, but it was a really great experience working with him.
SSv: That’s great that he created such a nice vibe and environment for you. Sounds like that was a really big help.
SSv: You released your first album in 2005. You would have been 17 or 18 then, right?
Brooke: Yep, 17.
SSv: So you’ve had some time to progress as an artist and as a person, you went to college and everything, so how have you grown as an artist in all that time? What are some of the things that have impacted you the most?
Brooke: It’s hard to pinpoint specifically what has helped me grow as an artist. I moved to Nashville when I was 18 to go to school, and just being around other people that are so creative and are doing what I’m doing, you know, other singer-songwriters, other musicians…it was just really inspiring. And it sort of challenges you to be better because you realize how many people are talented out there. [Laughs] But I think that was a main contributor.
And being in Nashville, besides the college scene, you were almost in the minority if you didn’t do music at that school. There’s also the larger Nashville community where…it’s not just country artists; there are a lot of independent singer/songwriters and bands that are doing great music, you know? And you’re being exposed to those peoples’ careers and watching peoples’ careers grow and how they’ve made them grow, so that’s really helped me too. Just sort of being a student of all that.
SSv: It almost sounds like the sort of thing where you wake up every day and it’s like you’re a kid in a candy store (Brooke laughs) because you’re surrounded by all these really neat people and sounds and it just makes for a great environment.
SSv: What does music mean to you?
Brooke: I can’t imagine doing anything else for my living, or just for my personal well-being. I can’t imagine not doing music. I mean I try to work really hard at it on both ends — the business and the music end — because I want to make it work for me so I can do it for my living. And I’ve always said…this may sound cliché, but music is my passion. I love being able to have the opportunity to connect with people, to relate with people, because all my life, whatever my favorite record was, you connect with that artist and what they’re saying and you relate to them and you sort of feel like, ‘Hey, I’m not alone in this world.’ So if I can do that for other people that just kind of blows my mind. So that’s what I hope music will be in my life for a long, long time.
Brooke Annibale - Silence Worth Breaking FEATURE INTERVIEW
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Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale certainly knows a thing or two about getting help...Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Brooke Annibale certainly knows a thing or two about getting help from her friends. Her fourth and latest release, the phenomenal Silence Worth Breaking, might not even exist were it not for the support she received from a Kickstarter.com campaign last fall. Of course to be fair though, she probably wouldn’t have had the same impetus to start said campaign were it not for a friend who worked with producer Paul Moak at his Smoakstack Studios in Nashville and got Brooke dreaming about working with him.
“I studied at Belmont University in Nashville,”and one of my friends I graduated with started working at a studio down there a couple years ago with Paul and he was like, ‘You gotta work with this guy. He’s great,’ Annibale recalls. “So in September I went and visited the studio with my friend, and it was just the best studio I’ve come across. All the instruments you could want to experiment with were set up and ready to go, and everything was in the studio to work with already. It was like a dream come true.”
Even as she recounts the story you can hear the excitement in her voice, like she is a kid in a candy store all over again.
“I wanted to do anything to make it possible to work with Paul,” Annibale says with a laugh, putting a lot of emphasis on the word ‘anything.’ “So I started a Kickstarter campaign after I had spoken with Paul and his manager for a while, and it did what it said: It kickstarted the project and I started recording in December.”
The Kickstarter campaign, in addition to helping bring Silence Worth Breaking to life, provided her with a number of thrilling and surreal moments along the way as well.
“Every day I’d get a couple more backers and it was almost like opening a Christmas present every day, you know?” She laughs when she says this, and it’s not difficult to imagine what she is talking about or how great that must have felt each time she received word of new support coming her way.
“It was so exciting to see a lot of people I knew, and some people I never would have expected. Some people I had no idea who they were!”
Armed with a groundswell of support, Annibale set to work creating her album. Filled with gravitas, passion, joy, sorrow, humility and boldness, the ten tracks that make up Silence Worth Breaking are done in a stunning, hypnotic fashion, encompassing the genres of folk, rock, Americana and pop in masterful ways. And the fact that this is coming from someone who isn’t even 25 years old yet is all the more astounding given the wisdom that bleeds from every corner of this record. Considering how loaded the album’s title is—and how much it could have backfired if the album had been done wrong—the achievement is all the more mind-boggling.
“There was one song I made that didn’t make the cut of the record that was called ‘Silence Worth Breaking,’ and when I shared that title with Paul he was like, ‘Oh! That sounds great!’ But I was like, ‘Wait, doesn’t that sound a little pretentious?’ And he said, ‘No, no. It makes me want to listen to it and see what it’s about. That title intrigues me.’”
Despite the encouragement of her producer however, Annibale still wasn’t convinced right away. She pondered whether or not this was the right title for the record, and the more she considered it, the more it seemed to make perfect sense.
“It felt a little weird picking a title of a song that didn’t make the CD,” she admits, “but I think that the song is more about having difficult conversations that need to happen. So in that sense, it’s silence worth breaking. So I thought it was kind of a cool way to label this record.”
The album is a smorgasbord of emotions, sounds and character traits, never quite being the same thing twice. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on what Annibale’s doing, she throws a change-up. It’s this dichotomy of being comfortable listening to her songs and yet constantly perking up at each new wrinkle in the formula that makes her record so memorable. A lot of this comes from the fact that she is exacting and hell-bent on getting every last detail right.
“I’ve always been a thinker and an over analyzer,” Annibale confesses. “I’ve found that sometimes people are frustrated with me in a conversation because I take so long to express my thoughts or feelings because I have to analyze my thoughts before I express them. And so that’s why I put a lot of time and thought into lyrics—especially on this record—to make them say what I want them to say in a new and interesting way, hopefully.”
The album is loaded with subtleties that give the songs added depth. Whether it’s the bluesy grooves of “Bullseye,” the John Mayer-meets-Colbie Caillat sounds of her first single “Yours and Mine,” or even the dreamy, ethereal “Feels Like Home,” Silence Worth Breaking is filled with a number of critical decisions that enhance the record’s power in a multitude of ways. One of the best examples is on “Tryin’” where her vocals are barely more than a whisper throughout. She could have sung this normally and the song would have sounded fine, but when these vocals are paired with the fact that she’s trying to get up the courage to face one of life’s most epic moments—telling someone you love them—it turns the song into a quiet powerhouse of a performance.
“Leading up to the recording in December I had been sending Paul some demos that I had done on my computer,” she says, “and that song in particular, the demo version on my computer was something I recorded really late at night and I had to be really quiet. So I had recorded it really quiet and he just loved it that way, just almost as a whisper, so he said, ‘I’d really like to try to recreate that in the studio.’
So they did, but it wasn’t as simple as that. There was a catch, and each of the song’s musicians had to be in on it too.
“Paul set these ground rules that each musician would play an instrument that they hadn’t yet played on the record,” she says. “We would do it live, and then my vocals I’d be in an isolation booth and everybody else would play everything and we’d get it all in one take. So Paul was on that big bell that you hear sometimes after the chorus, the drummer was on the xylophone, the bass player was on some keys and the guitar player was on another piano and we just ran through it like three or four times and kept the one we liked the best.”
Stories like this are a large part of why she was so stoked about working with Moak on this record, and the fun doesn’t end there.
“When we first started talking about doing this and he listened to some of my demos, his reaction was he really loved the stuff and he wanted to create this vibe,” Annibale says with a bit of a laugh. “I think that’s the best way to describe Paul is that he’s always trying to create a vibe. You know, you walk into the studio and there’s all these candles lit and the lights are low and it feels like a very creative environment. He always has incense burning. The environment that he’s created for people to make music…it’s just amazing!”
Creative environments aren’t exactly new territory for Annibale either, having spent her share of time in Nashville before moving back to Pennsylvania after college.
“Being around other people that are so creative and are doing what I’m doing, you know, other singer-songwriters, other musicians (at Belmont University)…it was just really inspiring. And it challenges you to be better because you realize how many talented people are out there!” she exclaims with a laugh. “There’s also the larger Nashville community. There are a lot of independent singer-songwriters and bands that are making great music there, so being exposed to those peoples’ careers and watching peoples’ careers grow really helped me too. Just sort of being a student of all that.”
And in the end maybe that’s why her work resonates the way it does—because it means so much to her and because she is always trying to glean things from music, from other artists, from life. She never stops trying to connect with others, or with music.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else for my living,” she states simply “I can’t imagine not doing music. Music is my passion. I love being able to have the opportunity to connect with people, to relate with people, because all my life, whatever my favorite record was, you connect with that artist and what they’re saying and you relate to them and you sort of feel like, ‘Hey, I’m not alone in this world.’ So if I can do that for other people that just kind of blows my mind. So that’s what I hope music will be in my life for a long, long time.”
1 Liner: Brooke Annibale - Silence Worth Breaking
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Brooke encapsulates so many high profile pop singers it's hard to separate who she sounds like exact...Brooke encapsulates so many high profile pop singers it's hard to separate who she sounds like exactly, needless to say though, her voice is mainstream quality. "Yours & Mine" jumps out as the album's highlight right from the start, but gems like "Under Streetlights" and "Bullseye" are scattered across the entire record giving 'Silence Worth Breaking' the potential to be Brooke's breakout release.
There isn’t a single aspect of this album that is subpar
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"From the varied and creative arrangements, to the crystal-clear lyrical imagery, to Annibale’s impr..."From the varied and creative arrangements, to the crystal-clear lyrical imagery, to Annibale’s impressive vocal delivery and range, there isn’t a single aspect of this album that is subpar. Not even close."
Sounds That Matter: Brooke Annibale Video
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Some artists are born to move people. They can write a song that hits so close to home, you’d think ...Some artists are born to move people. They can write a song that hits so close to home, you’d think it was written about your life. When I find an artist like this, I become filled with joy knowing that they are doing what they were born to do. The first time I heard Brooke Annibale, I knew I came across another born talent.
4.5 Star Review of "Silence Worth Breaking' (GLIDE MAGAZINE)
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Creative arrangements and stunning lyrical imagery combine with her impressive vocal delivery and ra...Creative arrangements and stunning lyrical imagery combine with her impressive vocal delivery and range to create one of 2011’s best albums (so far). This is the kind of record that some artists wait their whole lives to make. Fans of acoustic Folk/Americana music, deeply poetic and insightful lyrics, or astoundingly understated vocals would do well to acquaint themselves with her right now.
Artist Feature and Interview: Brooke Annibale
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Brooke Annibale is a gifted singer-songwriter, who has great prose with words and a static impressio...Brooke Annibale is a gifted singer-songwriter, who has great prose with words and a static impression of the rhythmic sounds that envelope her music.
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"it's sincere, warm and the best kind of radio-ready"
Pittsburgh's Brooke Annibale, Singer/songwriter is Going to Carnegie Hall! Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall, PA that Is...
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Pittsburgh does indeed have special local musical talent, clearly displayed by Pittsburgh native mus...Pittsburgh does indeed have special local musical talent, clearly displayed by Pittsburgh native musician, Brooke Annibale, who's gaining area visibility and growing fan base. Brooke
is from suburbia Pittsburgh and like many other talented area musicians, dreams of becoming a well known performing artist, singer and songwriter. Brooke is indeed waking up the music world and by using the Internet and social networking, was able to enter and WIN the OurStage.com contest to appear with nationally known Hanson at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Munhall, PA this August 20, 2010. Brooke is tremendously excited about the potential coming from this opportunity. Brooke's music has been described as "acoustic pop-rock, infused with a bit of blues". Check out her website and give her a listen.
Also, be sure to bookmark this article and check back for a Live Stream of Hanson interviewing Brooke before the concert on August 20 at 5:30 PM EST that will also feature a preview performance by both Brooke and Hanson!
Brooke has graciously taken the time from her busy touring/writing schedule to answer a few questions for Associated Content. Here is the Interview:
DL: How is the music career going currently and how did you go about trying out for the Hanson Opening?
This summer has been extremely busy! I've done some touring, performing in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, DC, Vermont, Boston, Portland (Maine), and of course, my
hometown Pittsburgh. I didn't actually "try out" for the Hanson opening gig. Hanson and Ourstage.com held a contest for the opening gigs on their current summer tour (Shout it Out Tour). Bands and artists could enter into their respective hometowns, or nearby cities (within a 300 mile radius). Then fans were asked to rank the artists, which made it less like a voting process, and more like a judging process. The top 20 was decided from 100+ entries, and then a top 10 decided from those top 20. I placed 1st at the end of these 2 rounds of judging. Then there was a final judging round, where the artists were judged by a professional panel, which I would assume was Hanson and/or their management. I was contacted a few weeks later and told that Hanson's team had selected me to open for them on August 20th and Carnegie Library Music Hall here in Pittsburgh!
DL: What area of Pittsburgh are you from and have you found you have to make connections outside of Pittsburgh to succeed as a recording artist?
BA: I'm from a suburb outside of Pittsburgh. I have been increasingly reaching outside of Pittsburgh for shows and contacting other artists. I think you have to perform in as many places as possible to grow your fan base and continue to connect with more people.
DL: Have you been able to do well as an Independent artist or have you found you needed to sign with someone to manage your career?
BA: I supposed to fully answer this question, I'd first need to define "well" and would need to sign with a management company. I feel like I've made steady progress over the past year, and that I'm doing a decent job as an independent artist. I had the opportunity to sign with an independent label back in 2007 before I released my latest album (The In Between - 2008), but decided against it, and released my album independently. I haven't had any offers for management deals, but would definitely consider one if I did. Sometimes, a management company has more connections, and frees the artist up to focus more on the music than having to do everything themselves.
DL:Are you finding that being a recording/performance artist is a full time career or do you have a "day time job" also?
BA: There is definitely enough work to do as an independent artist to consider it a full time job. I do all of my own booking and promoting, including running social networking sites and my new website (Brookeannibale.com). I also write all of my own music and, of course, perform all the shows I book. The pay, however, fluctuates! I don't have a full time job elsewhere, because I'm not sure I would ever be able to tour with a full time job. (I do volunteer part-time at my family's business, when I'm in town.)
DL:Who are your favorite artists and who has been your major influence in music?
BA: I'm not sure who has had the single most influence on my music, because I listen to so many different people! When I was a kid, I really liked the Beatles, and continue to listen to them to this day. Some other
influences include: Coldplay, The Swell Season, John Mayer, Missy Higgins, Brandi Carlile, and many more.
DL:Are you working on a new album or one soon to come?
BA: I have been writing new material for the last couple of months. I hope to begin recording within the next month or two, as soon as my performance schedule slows down a bit. I'm really excited to make a new record, but I don't want to rush the process. I'm making sure I'm ready, with the right songs and the right idea about what I want the songs to sound like recorded.
DL:Do you find that social networking sites like Facebook are a necessity for today's musician?
BA: Definitely. I think musicians need to use social networking to connect with fans, promote, and spread the word about their music. There really hasn't ever been a better tool for independent musicians to create a sustainable career than the communication possible via the internet, specifically social networking and digital distribution avenues such as iTunes.
DL:I see from your Facebook page that you have spent some time in Nashville working. What jobs did you have there and what experience did you gain that only Nashville can offer?
BA: I went to college in Nashville at Belmont University and graduated with a degree in Music Business in May of 2009. I held 3 internships at 3 different places during my time there. I worked at INO Records, NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), and Q Prime Management. I felt that these experiences gave me a well-rounded view into three aspects of the industry: Record Labels, Publishing Companies, and Artist Management. My internships gave me a bit of insight into what strategies are used to be successful in each facet of the industry. Now I'm just trying to implement that in an independent fashion!
DL:What's in the works or upcoming news and events for you?
BA: I'm opening for Hanson at Carnegie Library Music Hall in Pittsburgh on August 20th and am very excited about the opportunity to open for a band with such a long and successful career. There will be a live stream before the show (available on my website, and Hanson.net) where Hanson will interview me and we will both perform a song.
- I'm also opening for Matthew Perryman Jones and Kim Taylor at Club Cafe here in Pittsburgh on Thursday August 5th.
- A new album is definitely in my sights, but nothing is set in stone yet.
DL: Thanks for the interview and you can be sure your fans in your home town will be supporting your career! Best wishes for your continued success.
Brooke Annibale / Staff Picks
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Acoustic meets Pop from Pittsburgh, PA
"Her soulful voice and laid back style are attention-getting. I saw her perform live and was immediately a fan."
Cover songs - Examples:
"1, 2, 3, 4" by Feist
"The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson
"Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
"Someone Like You" by Adele
"I Will" by The Beatles
"Yellow" by Coldplay
"The Suburbs" by Arcarde Fire
"Volcano" by Damien Rice
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