Brooke Waggoner began playing piano at the age of 4. She began experimenting with song structures and melodies at the age of 9 and wrote her first original song at 10. At the age of 23, Brooke had a college degree in Music Composition & Orchestration, and released her first EP.
Her musical journey is as interesting as her future is bright.
With no conscious thought or decision made to ever go into the "music business," Brooke Waggoner, a Louisiana native, entered Louisiana State University in 2002 to pursue a higher level of music education. There was never any question as she notes, "Music was just going to be my future. The question everyone has of 'What am I going to do in life?' never really crossed my mind. I always knew music was it." Her intent was to study orchestration and hopefully one day have a career in scoring films, soundtracks and musicals. However, it was in college where her musical interests broadened immensely.
Brooke Waggoner's exposure to live performances while in school opened up a whole new world for her. She notes, "I was sheltered musically growing up. Seeing different styles of music live was like two worlds coming together for me. After going to my first punk rock show, it clicked. That was the moment where I realized I did want to perform and have an emotional connection with an audience." Brooke forced herself to attend more live shows to gain the confidence to perform her own music live. "I had stage fright and I made myself go to shows to see bands, whether I liked the music or not, to help me gain the confidence in being able to do it myself," she describes. Her decision to soak up as much live music as she could left her poised to go and do it on her own.
After graduating in May of 2006, Brooke Waggoner left for Nashville. Stylistically, she was the farthest thing from the stereotypical "import" into the home of country music. "Why go, you're not country?" many asked. Humbly, yet with an acutely aware perspective, Brooke answers that question with "So what?" She goes on, "Nashville felt like a great next step. It's such a musical city, and there's so much great live music all around that it just made sense to me."
Brooke Waggoner takes the same natural and logical approach to letting her music stand on its own and not forcing anything to be different for the sake of being different. "Let it be, and let it become whatever it can potentially be," is Brooke's opinion on creating music, as well as performing. To see her performance at the piano and witness her string arrangements come to life on stage often leaves audiences silent in amazement.
Brooke Waggoner's musical influences can be found throughout her music and arrangements. Citing Chopin as her most influential classical composer, she also includes Simon & Garfunkel, ELO, as well as Roger & Hammerstein musicals, as strong influences. "Chopin is incredibly influential. His melodies can be really soft, but he delivers them in such a powerful way. I love his stuff, but at the same time an ELO song could have just as much of an impact on me in the way they utilize orchestral elements and combine them with catchy, rock melodies," she notes.
Brooke Waggoner's debut release was an EP titled Fresh Pair Of Eyes (2007) called “one of the most exciting releases to come out of America in 2007” by the London Sunday Times.
Brooke Waggoner's first full length, Heal for The Honey, was widely regarded as one of 2008's best, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts and won her "Best Faith Based Album" on the notoriously cynical Patrolmag.com. After touring endlessly on Heal For The Honey, Brooke took some time off to get married, but released her second full-length, Go Easy Little Doves before the close of 2009.
In 2009, Brooke Waggoner took on the role of producer for her third album, Go Easy Little Doves. The album was released in the fall of 2009 and also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. Brooke spent that fall and the spring of 2010 on tour with such artists as Owl City, Rocky Votolato, and Denison Witmer.
Brooke Waggoner was nominated for an Independent Music Award for “Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album” in 2009. Also in the fall of 2009, Brooke won the Nashville Music Award for “NBN Emerging Artist” of the year.
Brooke Waggoner has also been a part of the long running and award winning radio show NPR’s Mountain Stage, appearing multiple times with acts such as The Hold Steady, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Sill, and many others. Her music has appeared on numerous TV shows such as: ABC Family’s Greek, Kyle XY, & Pretty Little Liars as well as CBS’s Ghost Whisperer, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, and Lifetime’s Army Wives.
Brooke Waggoner released her first DVD, entitled And the World Opened Up, in the fall of 2010. It contains a live performance recorded at Nashville’s Art House America in late 2009. Waggoner’s music from “Go Easy Little Doves” is presented for the first time with a complete live orchestra. The DVD also features biographical interviews with Waggoner, footage of her musical development, and animated sections.
In 2011, Brooke Waggoner recorded with Jack White on his first solo album, Blunderbuss. She toured extensively with White in 2012, even performing on the 2013 Grammys.
In 2013 Brooke Waggoner released her third full length recording , Originator.
With these powerful capabilities and talents as a musician, writer and composer, comes a humbled and genuine person of character. Brooke Waggoner's personality is one of sincerity. It's this sincerity, emotion and character that comes together and spills over into her music.
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|Fresh Pair of Eyes||2007||Swoon Moon Music|
|Heal for the Honey||2008||Swoon Moon Music|
|Go Easy Little Doves||2009||Swoon Moon Music|
|And the World Opened Up (Live)||2010||Swoon Moon Music|
|Originator||2013||Swoon Moon Music|