Melbourne born singer/songwriter Brooke Reuss stamps her own unique edge to the sound of pop luminaries such as Sara Bareilles and Delta Goodrem; using her influences and musical platform to write about political change, social commentary and heart wrenching personal impact stories. Brooke's clear voice cuts through the noise and carries her message directly to the heart of the listener; at once subtle and compelling, the next moment soaring and powerful. Brooke's forthcoming debut EP features songs which combine her experiences of events that have influenced and affected her life, including a collaboration with Australian Idol winner Damien Leith on the stunning protest song - "Sometimes". Brooke's EP and debut single "Stand Up" - an inspiring and empowering anthem about fighting for your rights - is co-written and produced by Lee Bradshaw for Bradshaw Music Productions.
What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music?
My earliest memory is recording original music with a cassette tape in early Primary School. I still have the tapes! Just need to find a cassette player to listen back to them. I don't remember how I got into music, I just remember always loving music and singing. However, I remember always wanting to be in school choirs and musicals, any opportunity to sing. What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music? The first complete song I wrote was Breathe With Me, which will be a track on the upcoming EP. I had a car accident, hurt my back and couldn't do much. I couldn't go to work, sit for too long, I couldn't walk for long and I had to stop gym. I was feeling quite down and in that moment a friend of mine called me to check up on me. The simple gesture of someone thinking of me just brightened my day and made things a little easier.
Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer? I have been playing piano on off for a few years now. I do work with other musicians also to write music and perform.
What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)?
I really enjoy writing music as it is like therapy, it cleanses the soul. In saying that though, performing is my favourite part about being an artist. It also feels very therapeutic and I get to connect with my audience. Connecting with the audience and evoking emotion and helping make changes in peoples lives is so rewarding.
Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music?
Just keep going. No matter what, keep trying. Your time will come just don't give up and don't let anyone tell you you can't do it. For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with?
Well if you're into a more upbeat song you can dance to, I'd say listen to "Stand Up". If you like to get taken on a journey and have a song pull your heartstrings, "Sawyer's Song" will definitely achieve that.
What do you feel your strengths are as an artist?
My ability to make a listener feel something. I feel the emotion I put into a song touches the listener and makes them feel strong emotion.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
For more information on Brooke Reuss, please visit her website.