Brooke McBride "Comes Clean" with New EP Release
Brooke McBride is a spunky independent artist with a lot of grit. And believe me, it shows. If you want to see for yourself, just take a look at her video pitch for fans to help create her latest project. She reveals her humor right off the bat when she answers what could very well be her most commonly asked question. Is she related to Martina McBride? Well, no. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the talent—and it didn’t stop fans from answering her call for help. The Coming Clean EP project is now complete and available for purchase as of November 1, 2019.
For those who aren’t aware, an EP is an album containing half the amount of songs that a full-length album contains. The songs Brooke chose to include on Coming Clean highlight her quirky sense of humor. She also expertly teases listeners with her play on words. Just when the meaning of the lyrics seems obvious, an unexpected meaning presents itself. However, that is precisely why her songs are so entertaining.
Brooke's latest single, “One More,” is receiving country radio airplay right now, but you can also listen to some of the other songs found on her EP as you read the answers to a recent interview. Brooke's personality shines further as she discusses Coming Clean as well as her career.
Brooke McBride's Invitation to Help Create the EP
“This is who I am and I want to share this (me) with you."— Brooke McBride speaking about the release of her Coming Clean EP
Shannon Henry: Please tell us more about your latest album, Coming Clean.
Brooke McBride: The EP (COMING CLEAN) is a collection of my truth over the past 5 years. There’s love. There’s heartbreak and my quirky humor. My goal is to be as truthful and real with my audience as I can be, and I felt COMING CLEAN was a great name for the EP because I feel like that’s exactly what I’ve done with this new music. I’m “coming clean” with what’s been going on in my life over the last several months. It's not at all meant in a negative connotation; it’s just meant in the sense of me saying, “This is who I am and I want to share this (me) with you."
SH: Is “One More” the current single? Please tell the story behind the song.
BM: Yes, “One More” is the current single. I always used to joke at my shows that I didn’t write a lot of love songs because the guys didn’t give me a lot to work with. It’s funny because my now-husband, Josh (who was my boyfriend at the time that I wrote the song), gave me a hard time for writing so many sad/breakup songs. I had been playing with the melody and the “One More” hook for a while and I finally found something (someone) to work with. Josh and I were in a long-distance relationship and the inspiration for the song came from my emotions of just wanting to spend one more day, one more minute, with him before we had to leave each other again. I co-wrote the tune with my friend, Ashley Scire. I actually had something to work with to write a love song!
I just write what’s honest and real. I’m Country with a little blues mixed in.— Brooke McBride about her songwriting style
SH: How would you describe your songwriting style?
BM: I just write what’s honest and real. I’m Country with a little blues mixed in. I like to tell stories with my songs and I love to play on words. My goal with songwriting has always been to write relatable songs that mean something to people or touch them in a realistic, emotional way. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to explain what I’m feeling or going through when I’m just sitting and talking with someone, but when I write about it, my feelings and emotions just seem to come out so clearly. My goal is for my songs to have that effect on listeners…when they can’t necessarily explain what they’re going through or what they’ve been through, or what their emotions are. Then they hear one of my songs and say: “Yeah, that’s it. That’s exactly how I feel."
SH: What is your songwriting process?
BM: Generally, I start with a hook. The hook is basically the “Ah-Ha” or “Ta-dah" moment of the song, normally towards the end of the chorus. Whether I’m writing with other people or writing alone, I always like to start with a lyrical hook and write around that as the launching pad for the story.
I really don’t think any two people in the world see life or circumstances in exactly the same way. So, each songwriter brings his or her own unique perspective into the writing room and that’s what makes co-writing such a great creative outlet.— Brooke McBride talking about co-writing songs
SH: What is your best songwriting habit? Your worst?
BM: I’d say my best habit is trying to come up with solid hooks before going into the writer’s room. My worst habit is probably getting too hung up on certain lines and not just moving forward with the song and coming back to those lines later. If you feel like you’re stuck on a line, sometimes, the best thing to do is to keep writing and come back and fix it later. As you keep writing, you may just uncover the line you were looking for in the first place.
SH: Do you think that songwriters see the world differently than those who do not write?
BM: I think everyone sees the world in a different way… in a different light. Of course, songwriters can relate to one another in a way that non-songwriters cannot, but it’s the same with a group of people in the same profession. The beauty of it is, I really don’t think any two people in the world see life or circumstances in exactly the same way. So, each songwriter brings his or her own unique perspective into the writing room and that’s what makes co-writing such a great creative outlet.
"My Eyes Are Up Here"
Success via Brooke McBride: to make a difference in peoples’ lives with my music.
SH: How has music changed your life?
BM: Music has changed my life in every way possible. It’s given me such a feeling of purpose that I know in my heart, I’d never be happy in any other profession.
SH: What is your ultimate definition of success?
BM: Success via Brooke McBride: to make a difference in peoples’ lives with my music.
"One Night Stand"
Just for Fun:
SH: If your life was a book what would the title be?
BM: The Hustle.
SH: Name a food that everyone likes but you.
SH: Name one thing friends would consider to be “so you.”
BM: Freestyle rapping.
SH: What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?
BM: I love Christmas and haven’t grown out of loving Christmas traditions.
SH: What is your favorite word, and why?
BM: BAM. It’s my initials, but it’s also a cool word, right?
"Songs About Carolina"
You can read more about Brooke McBride by reading the second half of this interview listed in the links below. You can also listen to more of her music via her website and YouTube.
Questions & Answers
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