Brooke Waggoner

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Brooke Waggoner
Birth name Brooke Waggoner
Born (1984-05-30) May 30, 1984 (age 34)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Indie pop / folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels Swoon Moon

Brooke Waggoner (born May 30, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana, who resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


Waggoner was born in Houston, Texas, United States, to Lewis Earl and Kris Allyn (Kulcke) Waggoner. She comes from a classical music background with 17 years of formal training.[1] She graduated with a music composition and orchestration degree from Louisiana State University in 2006.[1] After graduating, she left for Nashville and began developing her current music.[1]

Waggoner has released four albums independently, with all music being fully written, orchestrated, and arranged by BW. Her debut release was an EP titled Fresh Pair of Eyes (2007) called "[O]ne of the most exciting releases to come out of America in 2007" by The Sunday Times.[2] After touring nationally through the Spring 2008, she released her second album, Heal for the Honey, in the fall of that year. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts[citation needed] and Waggoner continued touring nationally with such artists as Copeland, Bell X1, Owen, Paper Route, Unwed Sailor, and others. In 2009, Waggoner produced her third album, Go Easy Little Doves.[3] The album was released late in 2009 and also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.[citation needed] Waggoner spent Fall and Spring 2010 on tour with such artists as Owl City, Rocky Votolato, and Denison Witmer.[citation needed]

Waggoner was nominated for an Independent Music Award for "Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album" in 2009. Also in 2009, Waggoner won the Nashville Music Award for "NBN Emerging Artist" of the year.[citation needed]

Waggoner has been a part of the long running and award winning radio show, "NPR's Mountain Stage",[4] appearing multiple times with acts such as Wilco, Au Pair, The Hold Steady, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Still, and others.

Her music has appeared on numerous TV shows such as ABC Family's Greek, Kyle XY, & Pretty Little Liars as well as CBS's Ghost Whisperer, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and Lifetime's Army Wives.[citation needed]

Waggoner released her first DVD, entitled And the World Opened Up, in 2010.[5] It contains a live performance recorded at Nashville's Art House America in late 2009. Waggoner's music from Go Easy Little Doves is presented for the first time with a complete live orchestra. The DVD also features biographical interviews with Waggoner, footage of her musical development, and animated sections. Production is credited to Charlie Peacock.

Waggoner also produced records for other artists, including the 2010 vinyl release of The Sower,[6] by The Champion & His Burning Flame and the 2012 EP for Jessica Ripka.

In 2011, Waggoner recorded with Jack White on his first solo album, Blunderbuss. She performed live with White in 2012 included a performance at the Grammys. Waggoner also appears on White's follow-up album, "Lazaretto"

In September 2012, Waggoner was featured in the campaign "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book.[7]

Waggoner then released an LP Originator on March 5, 2013. After touring with Ron Sexsmith, playing the 2013 SXSW festival, Lollapalooza festival, releasing two music videos, and an additional single, Waggoner finished the year by playing the Austin City Limits Fest.

2014 - Waggoner signed a deal with Beijing-based label, Pocket Records, and toured the entire country of China in partnership with Pocket Records for distribution of her albums "Heal for the Honey" & "Go Easy Little Doves."

During 2015, the stylishly-diverse Nashville-based chamber music ensemble, CHATTERBIRD, commissioned Waggoner to compose a piece consisting of instrumentation for woodwinds, strings, & piano entitled "Minor-Born" duration 09:30 --- the piece was premiered at Abrasive Media in May 2015 and a second time as part of the Sideshow Fringe Festival in July 2015.

In January 2016, her self-produced album "Sweven" released on her label [Swoon Moon Music]. Native Magazine called it her best work to-date.



  • Heal for the Honey (2008)
  • Go Easy Little Doves (2009)
  • Originator (2013)
  • Sweven (2016)
  • "Sweven Remixes" (2017)



  • And the World Opened Up (2010)


  • "Christmas Moon" (2008)
  • "Red-Robin Hood" (2010)
  • "Baby Shake-em" (2010)
  • "I Am Mine (remix)" (2010)
  • "So-So (original demo)" (2010)
  • "Squint – JT Daly Remix" (2013)
  • "The High Wind" (2014)

Also appears on[edit]

  • guest piano, hammond B3, Wurlitzer on album "Modern Plagues" by The Whistles & The Bells (2017)
  • guest piano on Pink Floyd cover "Wish You Were Here" by Cody Jinks (2017)
  • guest vocals on song "Heart Needs Medicine" by Don Tigra (2016)
  • string orchestration / copyist on live video version of song "Overactor" by Preston Lovinggood (2016)
  • string orchestration / copyist on song "Impossible Winner" by The Dead Weather (2015)
  • guest piano w/ Jack White on song "I'm Down" by Beck, album SONG READER (2014)
  • orchestration / copyist on song "Don't Put Dirt On My Grave" / Juliette (String & Horn Version) for ABC's 'NASHVILLE' Episode 215 produced by Buddy Miller (2014)
  • guest piano on "Fantasize" LP by Kye Kye (2014)
  • guest clavinet, hammond, moog synthesizer, piano on "Lazaretto" LP by Jack White (2014)
  • guest piano w/ Pokey LaFarge on Disney's film THE LONE RANGER - song "Red's Theater of the Absurd" (2013)
  • guest Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano on "Blunderbuss" LP by Jack White (2012)
  • guest keys on "Out of the Jar" EP by Stephen Gordon (2012)
  • guest vocals on "Yearbook" 36-song project by Sleeping At Last (2011)
  • vocals & keys on song "Parker's Chapel" by Hammock & Brooke Waggoner (2011)
  • guest vocals on "The Ol' College Try" by Nick Flora (2009)
  • string orchestration for song "Closer (To Love)" by Mat Kearney (2009)
  • string orchestration for song "Weight of Us" by Sanders Bohlke (2009)
  • guest vocals on song "Get Mad" by Kyle Andrews (2007)


  1. ^ a b c [1] Archived January 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Brooke Waggoner". Retrieved 2016-01-15.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Richards, Chris (2009-12-03). "Brooke Waggoner: Live last night - Post Rock". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Brooke Waggoner On Mountain Stage". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  5. ^ "Brooke Waggoner's "And The World Opened Up"". Twenty Ten Music. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ "The Sower | The Champion And His Burning Flame". Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 

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