Exclusive interview with the talented Tracey Brook
Kent is a breeding ground for homegrown talent, and there’s no greater example of this than singer-songwriter, Tracey Brook. Having recently released her first single “Star Struck” with Warner Bros Records, insideKENT caught up with the up and coming artist to find out more about her music, inspirations, and hopes and plans for the future.
Tell us a bit about your background and growing up in Kent.
I grew up in the small village of Eastry with my mum, dad, and older brother and sister. I attended Eastry Primary School, followed by nearby Sandwich Technology School. It was whilst at Sandwich Technology School that my passion for music really started. I formed a girl group and took on the lead vocal role, and discovered a love for participating in stage shows.
For our readers who are yet to hear your music, explain your sound in five words.
Catchy, reflective, uplifting, inspiring and heartfelt (in that they come from the heart).
If I was to turn on your iPod right now, what song would I see on your recently
Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”. I really love that song; it makes me want to get up and dance. However, you would also see that I enjoy listening to various genres of music, from the soulful Eva Cassidy to current artists such as Rihanna. They are just two artists that are an inspiration to me.
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing your songs?
From my own life experiences and what they have taught me. I feel that everyone has a story to tell and I am grateful to be able to express mine through my music; I hope others can relate to it! I listen to artists such as Adele as I can really relate to her music and lyrics, and I’d like to think people would listen to mine and feel the same way.
I enjoy writing down reflective words and playing around with them to build a meaningful story. Many of my lyrics come from day-to-day life experiences and emotions.
Congratulations on your recent signing to Warner Bros Records. How did this come about?
My signing was completely by chance. A friend was performing in a popular West End show and he forwarded a video of me singing to the record label, which immediately requested I attend an audition. I went along with a song prepared – “I Need” by Maverick Sabre – but at the last minute I changed my mind and sang a gospel song. I really messed up, nerves got the better of me, and so I left feeling a bit deflated. A few days later, I received a call inviting me back to be signed.
Your first single, “Star Struck”, focuses on unrequited love and achieving the ‘impossible’. How important is it that there is a story behind the songs you put out?
I feel that it is important to focus on a story that people can relate to; this offers up the opportunity for conversation, and by doing so I hope to encourage people to feel confident in discussing their own story and having a better understanding of their own situations.
My drive is my two children; my eldest son has severe autism with complex needs, and I just want to show him that anything is possible.
What advice would you give to other budding singer-songwriters who want to break into the industry?
My advice to other budding artists is to never give up on your dreams. A good friend once told me if you dream it and believe it then you can achieve it – this is certainly true for me.
What are your hopes and plans for 2015?
My plan for 2015 is to enjoy my journey and to continue to learn about my music and myself, as well as spend time with my family and friends.
“Star Struck” is available to download now on iTunes.
Tracey is hosting a fundraising evening on 12th March at the Astor Theatre in Deal for her son’s specialist school. Tickets are limited, so for a chance to see Tracey perform live, call 01304 370220 or visit www.theastor.org.