Brianna Carpenter

Brianna Carpenter

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Bubbly and vibrant singer/songwriter Brianna Carpenter writes honest music that's a mesh of Jazzy Pop Folk. With the help of her distinctive vocal timbre, piano chord bashing and guitar finger picking she creates a live show that is an intimate and exciting experience.

Biography

Brianna Carpenter loves colour “Blame it on my mother”. It attracts her and inspires her. She seeks it in the clothes she wears, the people she meets, the music she listens to and the music she composes.
Even though Brianna was born completely deaf in one ear she was still fascinated from a young age by music and songwriting. She began to write her own songs at the age of 13 and after writing her first “real” song “The Web” it became apparent that she had a talent that she was definitely going to pursue. Some of her other earlier pursuits also stretched into musical theatre, acting and pantomime, which proved to be a great way to gain invaluable lessons in stage craft.
Brianna is not from an overly musical background but believes her creative flair comes from her mother who is an artist and also worked in the fashion industry as an illustrator. Brianna and her mother also work together on many of the outfits that Brianna likes to wear on and off stage.
In 2004 Brianna travelled mostly solo around Europe with her trusty guitar “Rufus” to get some life experience and to take herself out of her comfort zone. She was inspired by many different characters she met some of who turned up in later song lyrics. Then in 2005 back in Oz Brianna began a degree in Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music which gave her valuable knowledge about recording and production which she likes to get heavily involved in. During this time Brianna kept on gigging and songwriting. She was shortlisted into the top 10 of the Australian Spirit of Youth Awards along with Kisschasy, Wolf and Cub and Princess One Point Five. 2006 saw Brianna shortlisted into the top 5 of the Queensland Rockit Awards and in 2007 Brianna was placed 3rd in the Barsoma Singer Songwriter Search. Later in 2007 Brianna thought she’d give Aussie Idol a go and she was selected into the Top 12 of Australian Idol. This gave her an opportunity to air one of her most popular songs “Jacqueline” which got very good feedback from the public.
2008 took Brianna into different territory as she was invited to be the Ambassador for the Statewide Butterfly Appeal charity fundraiser for the Hear and Say Centre which helps profoundly deaf children learn to hear and speak. Her song “Hush” was written for this charity. When she again helped this charity in 2009 Brianna donated all proceeds from downloads of “Hush” to The Hear and Say Centre. Later in 2008 Brianna’s song “Jacqueline” was chosen as a finalist for the QSong “People’s Choice Award”. Then in December “Black Keys” and “Lies” put Brianna into the final 5 of the Pop category in the MusicOz Awards. Brianna was once again recognised for her songwriting potential in 2009 when she was shortlisted to receive an Apra Professional Development Award. She has also been enjoying opportunities to do arrangements for choirs in Sydney. 2009 also saw Brianna working more with her newly formed four piece band performing in a range of live music venues as well as Masterclasses in schools, Apple instore appearances, and at The Queensland Poetry Festival.
During 2008 Brianna also completed her music degree and independently funded her debut album “Harlequin” which contains an interesting mix of songs on a 15 track album. Her sound would best be described as Alternative Folk/Pop with perhaps a slight bit of Alt Country thrown in here and there. The album is full of difference and colour as the title would suggest. This was her baby which she nurtured with the help of producer Brendan Anthony who has worked with the likes of INXS, Midnight Oil, Wendy Mathews and also George, Wheatus and The Ten Tenors. The Album is a result of almost 10 years of Brianna’s songwriting and she has many more still to record.
So now with her music degree completed and an album already recorded and many more songs and gigging opportunities popping up Brianna is fired up and on a roll.
Even though she was born completely deaf in one ear this has not stopped Brianna’s drive to compose. Brianna began song writing at the age of 13 and after writing her first real song "The Web" people started to recognize her talent. Her stage pursuits have also stretched into musical theatre, acting and pantomime, which proved to be a great way to gain invaluable lessons in stagecraft.

Brianna is not from an overly musical background but believes her creative flair has come from her Mother, who is a fashion illustrator and artist. Brianna and her Mother design a lot of the outfits that Brianna wears onstage and work together to create the artwork for her albums and stage design.

In 2004 Brianna traveled to Europe to experience other cultures and take herself out of her comfort zone. She traveled to 13 countries alone at the age of 19. She was inspired by many crazy characters from her journeys and has been writing and gigging in Australia ever since.

2005 saw Brianna shortlisted into the top 10 of the Australian Spirit of Youth Awards along w

Lyrics

Jacqueline

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

Jacqueline

Jacqueline lived down the street
and the boy next door thought she was pretty sweet.
But it never was and it never would be.
He would have liked to hold her hand.
Take her places without a plan.
But it never was and it never would be.

Coz he'd always doubt.
Yes he'd always doubt.
Yes he'd always doubt.
It could ever be.

She liked to watch from her window
as he took off his shirt and hit the pillow.
Oh how she wished, she wished it could be.

But she'd always doubt.
Yes she'd always doubt.
Yes she'd always doubt
it could ever be.

Then he moved away
and she moved on.
She didn't even try to make him stay.
Coz still they thought how could it ever be.

Jacqueline lived down the street
and the boy next door thought she was pretty sweet.
But it never was and it never would be.

© Brianna Carpenter 2007

Answers

Written By: Brianna Carpenter


Waiting for your luck to change
Can't all be this bad forever
You've got your life all mixed up.
Sold your soul to the devil
in return for love & happiness.
All you got for all your troubles
is feeling sorry for yourself.

Oo don't you wait for the answers to call out your name.
Oo don't you wait for the answers to call out your name.

Leaving town never fixed things
but you're always running away.
You've got your life all mixed up.
Made a deal with devil
to keep from going insane.
All you got for all your troubles
is feeling sorry for yourself.

Oo don't you wait for the answers to call out your name.
Oo don't you wait for the answers to call out your name.

Oo the air, the air is thick tonight.
Oo the air, the air is thick tonight.
Oo the air, the air is thick tonight
when you're gazing at the stars.

Oo don't you wait for the answers to call out your name.
Oo don't you wait for the answers to call out your name.

Stars

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

Look at the stars in the sky
they are shining.
Look at the stars in the sky
they are dying.
I never know where I've come
or if I'm going.
I never know where I've come
or if I'm going home.

I need, I need more time.
I need more life.
I need more time.
Or I'll cry.
And I'll die.

Look at the stars in the sky.
Look at the stars in the sky.
And I don't know where I'm going
I don't know where I've been.
Don't know where I'm going
I don't know where I've been.

I need, I need more time.
I need more life.
I need more time.
Or I'll cry.
And I'll die.

I need you tonight.
Oh I need you tonight.
I need you tonight.
Oh I need you tonight babe.
I need you tonight
and I need you tonight babe.

Look at the stars.

Jacqueline

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

Jacqueline lived down the street
and the boy next door thought she was pretty sweet.
But it never was and it never would be.
He would have liked to hold her hand.
Take her places without a plan.
But it never was and it never would be.

Coz he'd always doubt.
Yes he'd always doubt.
Yes he'd always doubt.
It could ever be.

She liked to watch from her window
as he took off his shirt and hit the pillow.
Oh how she wished, she wished it could be.

But she'd always doubt.
Yes she'd always doubt.
Yes she'd always doubt
it could ever be.

Then he moved away
and she moved on.
She didn't even try to make him stay.
Coz still they thought how could it ever be.

Jacqueline lived down the street
and the boy next door thought she was pretty sweet.
But it never was and it never would be.

Used To Be Mine

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

Calling out for an explanation
for the wheels they lost all motion.
It seems that we had a good thing going on.
But now our hearts have been torn.

I know we're not an easy act to follow.
I know I won't be seeing you tomorrow
but you used to be mine.

If you'd said that you had more time
then I'd have no more rhymes to sing.
If you'd said that you really made a change
then I'd turn my world around and rearrange.

I know we're not an easy act to follow.
I know I won't be seeing you tomorrow
but you used to be mine.

Dear Lord in heaven
please send him back to me.
I've got no more company.
I've never been so lonely.

I have tried so many nights
to love anyone but you.
But it seems this bleeding heart
is aching on and on.

I know we're not an easy act to follow.
I know I won't be seeing you tomorrow
I know we're not an easy act to follow
but you used to be mine.

You used to be mine.

Lies

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

I know a story I've never told
and you, you know a story that you always tell.
And it goes blah blah blah blah
ladadidadah
And it goes blah blah blah blah
ladadidadah
You're always spreading lies.

If you're leaving me now
why leave your bags at the door.
I've had about enough of your games.
I don't need this no more.

I remember the day when we first met
it was cold in June
and you, you said you'd love me forever.
Oh but that was just lies lies lies.
That was just lies lies lies.
That was just lies lies lies.

If you're leaving me now
why leave your bags at the door.
I've had about enough of your games.
I don't need this no more.

Lies Lies Lies!

Black Keys

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

You've got magnetic eyes so hard to look away
s'cuse me if I stare.
Such a baby face hidden behind your facial hair
s'cuse me if I stare.
I could watch from afar do I ever have to move along
they tell me I'm not normal.
But normal's mediocre anyway.

Oo I don't need no second chances.
Oo I don't need no change of scene.
You're my black keys.
You're my black keys.
You're my black keys.

I flit, I float, I flutter like a butterfly
around in circles
and I don't know where I am today
let alone tomorrow.
I flit, I float I flutter like a butterfly.

Oo I don't need no second chances.
Oo I don't need no change of scene.
You're my black keys.

The Way I Used To

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

Why do we stay with each other
If we don’t feel it anymore.
Why do we hold one another
If we don’t need it anymore.
Is it just that we’ve come to know each other well.
Is the comfort of someone there at night enough.

I don’t care for you
The way I used to. (repeat)

When did I start getting older.
Didn’t notice time creeping on.
Thought that I’d have time to wander.
Live the life, I’ve dreamt for so long.
I feel that I’ve let us float along
No questions asked.
Now I wake up lonely
Though you are right there.

I don’t care for you
The way I used to. (repeat)

Bitter

Written By: Brianna Carpenter

The smoke was thick before
I knew what hit me.
Clouds came rolling in.
I didn’t have my raincoat.

S’cuse me if I feel
I feel a little tired.
Get a little wired.
S’cuse me if I feel
I feel a little sad.
Get a little mad.
Coz I don’t want this anymore.
No, I don’t want this anymore.

My eyes grew wider then
I had fewer troubles.
Thoughts were clearer then
Head all full of colours.

S’cuse me if I feel
I feel a little tired.
Get a little wired.
S’cuse me if I feel
I feel a little sad.
Get a little mad.
Coz I don’t want this anymore.
No, I don’t want this anymore.

And oh, I got so mixed up.
And oh, I’m not even close
So far.

S’cuse me if I feel
I feel a little tired.
Get a little wired.
S’cuse me if I feel
I feel a little sad.
Get a little mad.
Coz I don’t want this anymore.
No, I don’t want this anymore.

Discography

2005: EP "Spotted"
2008: Debut Album "Harlequin"
All tracks are available for purchase online via Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CD BABY and more.
Tracks from the album that have had radio airplay: Jacqueline, Waiting For You, Used To Be Mine, Black Keys, Landslide, Safe Place

Set List

Evening Song
The Web
Hasta Manana
Black Keys
Lies
Used To Be Mine
Landslide
Safe Place
Jaqueline
Where Love Is Due
Ladida
Stars
Answers
Hasta Manana
Foolish
Waiting For You
Bitter
Save Me
The Way I Used To
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