Tae Brooks

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Tae Brooks
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Tae Brooks in 2016
Background information
Birth name Taelyn Bryce Brooks
Born (1997-10-06) October 6, 1997 (age 20)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer, Actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011-present
Labels Carriage House Entertainment
Website www.taebrooks.com)

Taelyn Bryce Brooks (born October 6, 1997) better known by his stage name Tae Brooks, is an American recording artist, singer, songwriter and actor. Named by Billboard Magazine as #7 and #19 on the Next Big Sound chart, he is known as the voice of Michael Jackson in the animated TV series Black Dynamite. Brooks was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and now resides in Los Angeles.

Background[edit]

Tae Brooks was born into a musical family of producers and songwriters and started singing at the age of 10 as a background vocalist on projects in the family garage studio.[1] At a talent audition in 2010 in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brooks was recruited by a Los Angeles talent manager which eventually led to the family's relocation.[2] Tae’s brother, Tadjh Brooks (BeatsByiTALY), stepped into the role of lead producer and engineer, and Tae officially started his music career.

Brooks’ YouTube music channel was launched in March 2011 and by April was awarded #57 most subscribed musician channel. His video content has generated millions of views with a mix of vlogs, web series show, original songs and covers of charting songs.[3]

Image and artistry[edit]

Brooks' social presence led to voiceover work, including being the male lead voice of the Disney 365 theme song.[4] Tae Brooks performs the voice and singing role of Michael Jackson in the animated TV series Black Dynamite.[5] Tae Brooks is the voice in the intro/outro on the channel of popular YouTube personality Lamarr Wilson.[6] Brooks caught the attention of Canadian music producer and casting agent Josh Friesen who introduced him to GrapeSEED, a developer of educational curriculum used worldwide to teach ESL. This developed into a 3-year intermittent working relationship with GrapeSEED on assignment in their Japan studios singing and acting in their multimedia DVD package.[7][not in citation given]

Brooks' covers have gained him notoriety in music circles and propelled him forward as a fan favorite with his fan base calling themselves "The ShawTaes".[8] Billboard Magazine named Brooks as #7 on January 23, 2016 and #19 on July 14, 2011 on the Next Big Sound chart.[9][10] His cover of Taylor Swift'sWe Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was listed in the top 8 winners in the Perez Hilton "Can YOU Sing?" Competition.[11] In June 2012 The Huffington Post featured his cover of Justin Bieber's “Die In Your Arms” as one of "10 Amazing Renditions".[12] In December 2013 he placed #4 in Ryan Seacrest's Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" Favorite Cover Contest, the youngest artist in the contest.[13] VersedOnline.com named Tae Brooks a 2014 "Breakout Artist to Watch".[14]

Brooks' first original single "Thumbs Up" was released on iTunes February 22, 2011.[15] As of 2014 he has released five singles and an EP through his independent label Carriage House Entertainment.[16] Tae Brooks' single "It's Always Been You" was released on January 2, 2014 ahead of his debut EP On My Own.[17] Tae Brooks was a co-writer on a majority of the tracks for the EP which was released September 30, 2014 entering iTunes Pop charts at #149.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Tae Brooks is the son of Tricia and Billay Brooks. He is the nephew of Multi Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Chuck Brooks.[19]

Awards, features and nominations[edit]

  • 2016: Billboard Magazine – Named Tae Brooks as #7 on the Next Big Sound chart featuring the fastest growing artists across social media[20]
  • 2011: Billboard Magazine – Named Tae Brooks as #19 on the Next Big Sound chart featuring the fastest growing artists across social media[21]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Details Tracklist
On My Own EP
  • Date released: 30 September 2015
  • Record label: Carriage House Entertainment

Tracklist:

  1. "It's Always Been You" (3:47)
  2. "Lois Lane" (3:30)
  3. "Gotta Be" (3:51)
  4. "The Fire" (feat. Juke) (3:25)
  5. "On Your Own" (3:08)

Singles[edit]

  • "Thumbs Up" (February 2011)
  • "Dreams Come True" (January 2012)
  • "We Stand" TJ Prodigy (feat Tae Brooks) (March 2012)
  • "Goodtimes" (October 2012)
  • "Be Mine" (January 2013)
  • "It’s Always Been You" (January 2014)
  • "Serenity" (April 2016)
  • "There She Is" (November 2016)
  • "Burnout" (April 2017)
  • "Miracle" (September 2017)
  • "Don't Overthink It" (November 2017)

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Dreams Come True" 2012 Tadjh Brooks[22]
"We Stand" Shelby Robinson[23]
"Goodtimes" Tadjh Brooks[24]
"It's Always Been You" 2014 Tadjh Brooks[25]
"Lois Lane" Tadjh Brooks[26]
"Miracle" 2017 OddKiddsOut[27]
"Don't Overthink It" OddKiddsOut[28]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Tae Brooks Show Himself Web Series
Disney 365 None Male Voice of Theme Song
2012 Black Dynamite Michael Jackson Voice, Singing; Season 1, episode 1 "Just Beat It or Jackson Five Across Yo' Eyes"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Rob (September 26, 2012). "Tae Brooks The Rise Of a Teen Singing Super Star!". Rivenmaster's Place. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tae Brooks". In the Dawg Pound. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mendera, Rj (March 3, 2012). "Introducing Tae Brooks". The SkyKid. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Disney 365". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. .
  5. ^ "Black Dynamite". IMDb.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Lamarr (January 8, 2013). "How to Pack for CES". YouTube. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "GrapeSEED". Grapeseed.com. April 29, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Quitting Your Day Job: Working Pro Musicians Offer Their Tips for Making it in Music". musiciansfriend.com. September 26, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Billboard's Next Big Sound 15 - January 23, 2016". billboard.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Billboard's Next Big Sound". Next Big Sound. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ Hilton, Perez (September 20, 2012). "Can YOU Sing??? These Folks Can!". PerezHilton.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ Orenstein, Hannah (June 4, 2012). "'Die In Your Arms' Covers: 10 Amazing Renditions Of Justin Bieber's New Single". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ Inocencio, Marc (December 23, 2013). "Drewsif Stalin & Nikki Simmons Win Favorite Cover of Miley Cyrus'". Ryanseacrest.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Versed Online's 2014 Breakout Artists". Versed Online. December 27, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ Brooks, Tae (February 22, 2011). "Thumbs Up - Single". iTunes. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Our Artists". Carriage House Entertainment. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Tae Brooks "It's Always Been You" Song". DisneyDreaming.com. December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ Ecklund, Tracey (September 9, 2015). "Artist of the Week: Tae Brooks!". Pop Blitz Magazine. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Chuck Brooks". ALLMusic.com. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Billboard's Next Big Sound 15 - January 23, 2016". billboard.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Billboard's Next Big Sound 25 - July 14, 2011". nextbigsound.com. July 14, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  22. ^ "(Original) Tae Brooks - Dreams Come True (Official Live Action Lyric Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2014
  23. ^ "TJ Prodigy- We Stand (Feat. Tae Brooks) Official Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2014
  24. ^ "NEW ORIGINAL Tae Brooks - Goodtimes (Live Action Lyric Video)". YouTube. Retrieved March 1, 2014
  25. ^ "Tae Brooks - It's Always Been You (Original) - Official Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved July 11, 2014
  26. ^ "Tae Brooks - Lois Lane (Original) - Live Action Lyric Video. YouTube. Retrieved March 25, 2014
  27. ^ "Tae Brooks - Miracle (Official Music Video). YouTube. Retrieved October 8, 2017
  28. ^ "Tae Brooks - Don't Overthink It (Official Music Video). YouTube. Retrieved November 20, 2017

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