By: Heather Young
Brooklyn Roebuck has known her entire life that she wanted to be a singer and has never stopped working towards her dreams of success. With the release of her “Storyteller” EP and her current single “Good Day”, Brooklyn took the time to catch up with us here at Canadian Beats to talk music and life.
You got your start after winning the “Next Star” at the age of 14, what is your fondest memory of that whole experience?
The Next Star seems like a lifetime ago. Looking back I realize that the experience was invaluable. Fond memories are abundant. Some of the people who I cherish most in my life today I met on the set of YTV’s The Next Star. If I could pick just one fond memory I would say the look on my parents face when I made it into the top 6. My parents have been a huge influence in my life. They have always encouraged me to believe in myself and follow my heart. My love for music began at a very young age and my parents have always supported me so to see the pride on their faces when I walked out of the audition with a golden ticket was incredible.
Tell me about the experience of hearing your songs on the radio for the first time?
Hearing my song for the first time on radio is surreal. If you can imagine hearing a song by Dean Brody who I admire for his songwriting and his incredible voice for example and then my song comes up directly after his is just insane. I’m sure with each song release it must get easier but for now I will just sum it up by saying it’s ‘surreal’.
You have been dreaming of a music career since you were very young, did you ever have a back up plan? If you weren’t doing music what would you be doing?
I have been dreaming of a music career since I can remember. I can assure you though that I have many interests in my life. Every summer I tend a garden. It probably isn’t the most plentiful garden you may have seen but I just love to watch plants grow. Fashion design is also a passion of mine. I keep all of my clothes when I grow out of them and create a new design with them. It’s amazing what you can do with a couple of pairs of old jeans! I also love to act and paint. There are no bounds!
What do you think sets you apart from other artists out there?
I think what really sets me apart as an artist is that I was involved in the professional music industry at a very young age through The Next Star. It can take many years to receive the experience and knowledge that I gained from being on the show. At 14 I wrote and released my first single and was part of two other group recordings, three music videos, received advice from experts in the business like Tara Oram (Country Music Artist), Keshia Chante (Pop Artist), Mark Spicoluk (Producer) and Jasmine Denham (Music Director/Vocal Coach/Songwriter). I learned the importance of other areas of the business like makeup from Dee Daly (Professional Makeup Artist) and fashion from Peter Papaptrou (Fashion Expert). I worked with producers (Wayne Petty, Rob Wells, Sony), was featured on radio, TV (BT, ET Canada) and newspaper and learned about social media. After The Next Star ended I guest starred in a TV show (Life with Boys), performed Oh Holy Night on CMT’s The Gift of Giving Christmas Special, hosted several shows with YTV and recorded two more songs and videos with Sony. All of this experience helped me define who I am as an artist.
What has been the biggest surprise to you about the music industry since you have started your career?
What surprised me most about the music industry is all that goes into it. As a young person I used to think that if you have a great voice and a killer song it will get played on radio and you will be famous. To my surprise that is not at all how it goes. There are so many people out there with amazing voices and great songs but there is so much more involved. It is a lot of hard work. You need to have a great work ethic, be willing to spend hours a day writing songs or perfecting your stage show, there are interviews, understanding the business, producers, trackers, labels, it is difficult to do everything on your own. It’s almost imperative to have a team behind you. That is what surprised me the most and I am lucky to have two amazing parents that helped me to understand what it takes to make it in this crazy business.
Your new single is called “Good Day”, what kinds of things can we find you doing on a good day?
Some might consider me a boring person as it is the little things in life that contribute to my ‘Good Day’. A typical ‘good day’ involves a lot of small happiness’s. I am kind of a loner. I really enjoy my me time. I enjoy waking up late, eating my favourite foods while watching TV, loafing around in my pajamas, writing of course and working out. All of the little pleasures like sleeping in and staying up late are the cherries on top of my good day.
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What kinds of songs/artists do you have on your playlist?
My playlist is quite diverse. There really isn’t anything I wouldn’t listen to. What draws me to a song most is creativity. I just love music by Dean Brody, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Taylor Swift, Joss Stone, Amanda Marshall, Janice Joplin, Ed Sherran and so many more. These bands inspire me.
Best concert you ever attended?
Some of the concerts I’ve been to are Carrie Underwood, The Dixie Chicks, Michelle Wright, and Terry Clark. All of them were amazing but the best and most memorable concert I have attended was Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul tour. I was nine years old and what I remember is being on my dad’s shoulders playing the air guitar and Faith Hill saw me, smiled and pointed at me. Then after the concert a security guard brought me Faith Hill’s signed set list. It was an unbelievable moment for me that I will never forget.
What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
I think that people would be surprised to know that I didn’t have a date for my high school prom. I ended up going with my girlfriends and I had a blast!
If you could duet with any Canadian artist or group who would it be and why?
If I had the chance to even meet Shania Twain I would be ecstatic but to actually sing a duet with her would be a dream come true. Shania was a huge influence on me growing up not only with music but in life. She is a woman who is beautiful, sweet, kind, intelligent, creative and strong. Her music appeals to all audiences; pop and country, young and old. Who wouldn’t love Shania and her music?
And last but not least, anything you would like to say to your fans?
I want my fans to know that I appreciate them. My fans have been like a family to me. They support me in everything I do. I receive letters, messages, photos, cards, and all kinds of things from my fans letting me know that they love me and what I am accomplishing. All of the messages of support I receive from my fans are special to me and at times I receive messages thanking me for being a positive influence on a young person. That means the world to me and I will continue to do my best in being that positive influence. Thank you all! Love B
I’m Heather Young. I am 29 years old and from Calgary. I’m the mother of a 6 year old boy and I work with children as a developmental assistant. I have always had a passion for writing and music so working for Canadian Beats is right up my alley. I love every genre of music as long as it catches my attention, it’s on my playlist, from rap to country. When I’m not working or writing I love to spend time outside with my son playing games or going for walks.