Brooke Waggoner

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Brooke Waggoner
Birth name Brooke Waggoner
Born (1984-05-30) May 30, 1984 (age 31)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres Indie pop / folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels Swoon Moon
Website Official site
MySpace

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

Biography[edit]

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 three albums independently, with all music being fully written, orchestrated, and arranged by her. 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 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.

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's newest LP Originator was released 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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • And the World Opened Up (2010)

Singles[edit]

  • "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 vocals on "The Ol' College Try" by Nick Flora (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] Archived January 29, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Brooke Waggoner". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-15.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Richards, Chris (2009-12-03). "Brooke Waggoner: Live last night - Post Rock". Voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Brooke Waggoner On Mountain Stage". NPR.org. 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". Thechampionandhisburningflame.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". Halftheskymovement.org. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 

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