Our Swag Spotlight this week, Brennley Brown has been in love with music and performing for as long as she can remember. At only seventeen years old, she has honed her craft and is ready to reintroduce herself to the world on her own terms with music that she hopes inspires others and clearly tells her own unique story.
Growing up in Apple Valley, on a ranch and with classic country musicians such as Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, blasting through the speakers, Brown discovered her love for music at an early age. At just five years old, the natural-born talent mesmerized the audience at her kindergarten talent show with her rendition of Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl.” Her parents knew then that they had an entertainer on their hands. She continued to play shows and perform at open mic nights throughout her childhood, both singing and playing guitar, but it wasn’t until her mom got sick with Lyme disease that the songstress knew how important music truly was to her.
“For me, that’s when music became something more than what I just listened to on the radio or played in my dad’s truck. It became something that became very important to me. It was a safe place, a sanctuary for me during that time. Really my faith, my music, and my family were the there top things in my life.”
Continuing to rely on music and her family, Brown landed different gigs in the industry. Since the age of twelve, she went back and forth to Nashville to write songs, as well as, worked in voiceover and acting for big networks, such as Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel. Currently, she voices ‘Leyla’ on the Netflix series “Dragon Rescue Riders.”
During that time, Brown was invited to audition for the twelfth season of NBC’s The Voice, where she found herself making it further than she ever thought. She reflected on that experience, during the interview, calling it a “crazy, crazy experience,” for her at just fourteen years old, adding “I was on Team Blake [Shelton] and then stolen by Gwen Stefani. It’s such a great experience, a great stepping stone in my journey.” The star in the making made it to the finals of her season and garnered the recognition she deserved for her unique talent.
As an artist, Brown shared with us that her goal is to bring awareness to the disease her mother battled, as well as, to the healing power of music. “Music is healing. […] Music can make you feel happy, sad, it may bring back a memory, but it’s so healing in so many different ways.” She decided to wait three years before releasing her own music to the world because she wanted to hone in on her craft and what she truly wanted to say in her music.
Finally, just last week, on November 1st, Brown released her debut single “Keep Coming Back” to the world. The song was carefully cultivated with influences from an array of genres, ultimately culminating in a fresh new, different, and uniquely enticing sound. For Brown, the inspiration for the track stems from her own experiences in her life sharing with us a little bit about how the song came to fruition.
“I remember there was something kinda weighing on my heart. For me being 17 years old, I’m kinda in that place, where I can go to college, where I can take more years and really dive into my education, and kinda put music aside for a moment, and choose maybe the smarter path,” but ultimately the singer reveals, “I just get pulled back to music. When you’re given a gift or a calling in or your life or a dream, it’s gonna have its challenges, its up and downs, its trials that you’re going to go through, but having that dream inside you- it’s not there for no reason, like it’s going to continue to be a part of you, no matter what trial or what thing you have to overcome, you’re going to keep coming back to it, and keep pushing, and keep working towards your dream.”
Brown’s unique perspective and her powerful voice will continue to take center stage in her next single, which will be released on January 24th, her 18th birthday. On top of that, she is anticipating that her debut EP will drop in March of 2020. Expect to hear a lot coming soon from this rising artist, as she makes her mark on the industry!
“Keep Coming Back” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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