Come Just As You Are
I have always loved being center stage, entertaining people. I am always making up songs or telling the latest joke I read off the Kool-Aid Popsicle sticks that I enjoy so much (red is the best). What I truly love though, and what I truly relate to, is music--not just one genre, but all types. I like songs that tell a story, and I love to tell stories of my own. Born on July 28, 1980, I came into this world determined to set myself apart from the rest of those my age. My life's journey has not been the easiest, as I grew up in a children's home apart from my family. However, living at the children's home taught me the qualities and gave me the strength needed to overcome my obstacles. Living at the children's home, in many ways, helped me get to where I am today and helped me to discover my musical soul that I am ready to share with the world. You know, it's crazy. Whenever I tell people I grew up away from my family, their instant reaction is to feel sorry for me, or take me on as their project, however, I am here to say to the world that I LOVE my life, the path it has taken and the journey I have made to get me here. Like most kids growing up in the 80s, I enjoyed New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Michael Jackson and Wilson Phillips. They were entertaining and fun. However, my deep love of music came from folk artists, not from my day, but from the 60's and 70's. Carol King, Phoebe Snow, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins are a few, but certainly not all the artists, that have shaped my life. I related to their music because they sang from something deeper than just talent, they sang from the depths of their souls. Phoebe Snow and Judy Collins, although very different, gave me chills as they sang in their high registers, Carol King's Tapestry album inspired me to try to become a great song writer, Joni Mitchell's song The Circle Game gave me great hope that I would pass through childhood seasons just fine. When I was about twelve years old, while living at the children's home, I sang my first solo in church. Someone turned to me that day and said, "Brooke, don't ever stop singing," and I never have. Throughout middle school and high school I was in chorus, honors choir, show choir, and all of those lovely high school musicals. When I was fourteen, I got my first guitar, learned three chords and wrote my first song. Fourteen million variations of chord progressions and twenty-five original (not so great) songs later, I am finding my own niche as a singer/songwriter. Those who know my music and my voice have compared me to artists such as Allison Krauss (I'm flattered) and Crystal Lewis, one of my favorite Christian artists. Me, myself, I am just me, if you can get anything from any of my lyrics or arranged melodies that will help you in any way then my work on earth is done. The only thing I choose to be is me, and mirror the love I receive from everyone else . . . nothing more, nothing less-just me . . . Brooke Rogers.