Meredith Brooks

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Meredith Brooks
Birth nameMeredith Ann Brooks
Born (1958-06-12) June 12, 1958 (age 62)
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
OriginOregon City, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1976–2007 (as artist)
LabelsCapitol
Gold Circle
Kissing Booth
Meredith Brooks's Bitch single logo.

Meredith Ann Brooks (born June 12, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for her 1997 hit song "Bitch", for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Career[edit]

Brooks started her music career in 1976 as a member of an all-female band called Sapphire, based in Eugene, Oregon, touring and recording with CMS Records in the Pacific Northwest. Her bandmates were Janis Gaines, Cynthia Larsen, Patricia French and Pam Johnson. Seeking greater success, Brooks pushed the band to move to Seattle without Gaines on keyboards, reducing Sapphire to a foursome. In Seattle, Sapphire recorded at Kaye-Smith Studios at the same time as Heart.[1] When this version of the band split in 1982, Brooks moved to Los Angeles to develop a solo career, releasing an album titled Meredith Brooks in 1986, which saw limited success in Mexico. In 1987, she joined Charlotte Caffey and Gia Ciambotti to form the trio the Graces, releasing the single "Lay Down Your Arms" which rose to number 56 on Billboard's charts. The Graces subsequently released an album, Perfect View, and three more singles, but these did not chart, and the Graces were dropped from the A&M label in 1991.[2]

In 1995, Brooks landed a solo contract with Capitol Records. After two years, her first single, "Bitch", was released, and she was nominated twice for the 1998 Grammy Awards, for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. The single went Platinum in Australia.[3]

Her album Blurring the Edges achieved Platinum sales, peaking at 22 on the Billboard 200 and 5 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was produced by David Ricketts, formerly of David and David, and he also played keyboards (among other instruments) on the album. Brooks toured in the US and Europe in 1997 and 1998 to support the album, and also participated in the Lilith Fair music festival tour in both of those years.

On March 29, 1998, in Argentina, she opened for the Rolling Stones. During her set the crowd demanded the Stones and became violent, throwing objects including rocks and tampons at the stage and bruising her eye. She appeared again the next day wearing an Argentine soccer shirt, but the crowd again threw things at her, so after singing "Bitch" she yelled to the crowd, threw the shirt on the ground and walked off.[4][5]

In 1999, Brooks recorded her second album, Deconstruction. The track "Sin City" was recorded for the movie Snake Eyes.

In 2002, Brooks signed with independent label Gold Circle Records.[6] She worked on her third album, Bad Bad One. The label folded immediately after releasing the album.

In 2002, she produced Jennifer Love Hewitt's album BareNaked and appeared on VH1 Divas Las Vegas as a guest guitar soloist with Celine Dion and Anastacia.

Brooks signed a record deal with SLG Records and re-issued Bad Bad One as Shine in 2004. The track "Shine" was used as the theme music for Dr. Phil from 2004-08. The instrumental remix appears as the last track on the album.[7]

In 2007 Brooks completed a children's album titled If I Could Be... She also began developing Portland-area Sony Music Entertainment artist Becca.

Brooks is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.[8]

In 2018 the song "I'm a Mess" was a worldwide chart hit for Bebe Rexha. While an original song, it does borrow some of its melody from Brooks' earlier hit "Bitch". As a result, Meredith Brooks is listed as a co-writer of the song.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result
1997 Billboard Music Video Awards "Bitch" Best New Artist Clip (Pop/Rock) Nominated
MTV VMA Best New Artist Nominated
Best Female Video Nominated
MTV EMA Herself Best New Act Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot 100 Artist - Female Nominated
1998 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards Best New Artist Tour Nominated
Brit Awards Best International Female Nominated
ECHO Awards Best International Newcomer Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Female - New Artist Won
Grammy Awards "Bitch" Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Nominated
APRA Awards Most Performed Foreign Work[9] Won

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album US Billboard 200[10]
1986 Meredith Brooks[11] -
1997 Blurring the Edges 22
See It Through My Eyes
1999 Deconstruction
2002 Bad Bad One
2007 If I Could Be...

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US
[12]
UK GER
[13]
IRE
[14]
NED
[15]
AUS
[16]
NZ
[17]
1997 "Bitch"
2
6
19
12
12
2
4
Blurring the Edges
"I Need"
28
77
1998 "What Would Happen"
46
49
"Stop"
1999 "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
96
81
Deconstruction
"Shout"
2004 "Shine"
Bad Bad One
"You Don't Know Me"
"Where Lovers Meet"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patricia Claggett French (2011). You Can Go Home Again: An Autobiography. Xlibris. p. 162. ISBN 9781456875213.
  2. ^ "Meredith Brooks reviews, music, news". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  3. ^ "View archived webpage". Webarchive.nla.gov.au.
  4. ^ "Argentina—not Brooks' crowd". Sun Journal. Lewiston, Maine. AP. April 7, 1998. p. C16.
  5. ^ "Meredith Brooks Talks About Stones Incident". Mtv.com. April 10, 1998. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. April 6, 2002. p. 8 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Shine - Meredith Brooks | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Artists - Artists Against Racism". Artistsagainstracism.org. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "1998 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). Archived from the original on 18 September 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Meredith Brooks Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "Meredith Brooks - Meredith Brooks". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-07-28.
  12. ^ "Meredith Brooks Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "Home - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  15. ^ "Meredith Brooks singles". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  16. ^ "Meredith Brooks singles". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  17. ^ "Meredith Brooks singles". Charts.nz. Retrieved June 11, 2011.

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