Brittany graciously took the time to talk with us about her background, her new single and what's ahead.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure! I grew up in northern California and about two years ago I made the move to Nashville. I really am one of those people who were born knowing what they wanted to do. Music came along with breathing to me and I started singing as soon as I could talk. I didn't take singing lessons until I was about twelve years old, but I grew up singing everywhere I could. I even sang in church choirs just to sing; not because my family went to church. I went to college at PCPA, which is a two year musical theater conservatory. I studied singing, acting and dance. I was a member of a theater company and had a professional theater career after I graduated.
So then why make the move to country music?
I really was not fulfilled. I missed writing and performing my own music, so I shifted my focus. I always listened to a variety of music, but I fell in love with country in college. I liked the music not only because of its great voices, but particularly for the way country music told stories, the same way that theater does.
Do you have any particular influences?
I grew up listening to Patsy Cline, although I did not know she was country at the time because I did not focus on genres. I also really liked Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis. Currently, I really like the music of Little Big Town and Casey James. I have a lot of influences; I don't think I could chose just one if I wanted to.
Do you write your own material?
Yes, I do. I started writing early. I can't say it was good, but I certainly tried! When I was young, I used to go on bike rides, make up songs and write them down. However, it took me a long time to finish a song and to this day that is probably the most difficult part of writing for me.
In California, no one really co-writes so I did not know much about it. When I came to Nashville, I was both excited and terrified to have my first co-writing session. I was afraid that it would be awkward to be in a room with someone I didn't know and try to write a song. But, it turned out great and it is something I really enjoy. I find that people bring different strengths and weaknesses to a co-write that can really balance one another out. A co-writer can bring in ideas for a song, help you finish it and be a great teacher.
What are your plans for 2014?
Well, I just released a new single called "Free Fall." I plan to promote the single with a secondary and small market radio campaign and I am about to launch an indiegogo fundraiser.
I am recording new songs for the Free Fall EP and touring regularly. I am in California a lot, as well as Texas, Iowa and Illinois. I love touring because it is a great way to meet people and spread the word about my music. My favorite part is performing live, interacting with the fans and getting to know them. There is just a level of connection that goes along with that that I love. I feel that my theater background allows me to bring a little something more to table, too. I consider singing live like acting because each song tells story and if you can't tell story then you are not doing the song justice.
One final question, what are you listening to now?
That's a hard one because I don't have new music I am listening to. I really love Pink's album The Truth About Love; there are some terrific ballads on there. I also really like Casey James album and the Brett Eldredge song "One Mississippi."
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