'WE MATTER' WITH SHEENA BROOK
Sheena Brook is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has entertained audiences for decades throughout the States. Her music and live performances are simply captivating as she shares her personal journeys through Life, Love and Loss. Staying true to herself is evident in her performances, and that honesty has become the catalyst to her passion for music. Sheena was selected for NBC’s Season 12 of The Voice where she was hand picked by Adam Levine. Since her appearance, Sheena has moved on to partner with several Multi-Platinum Songwriters and Artists that have evolved her unique songwriting style with tracks such as; Piece Of Me, Tongues Of Angels and her debut single Bad Bitches Like Me. Sheena is also the founder of The F.E.M. Collective, an organization that hosts events in support of women and equality in the industry. Her mission through music is to empower the people around her to feel free and to be themselves without apology or fear.
What stands out to you as being the piece of music that has changed the game for the industry?
Man, this is a hard question because I grew up pretty sheltered. I heard artists like Elton John and Fleetwood Mac for the first time in my late 20's. I'm sure there was some major game changers I really missed out on. I can say there's a great industry shift happening when it comes to the LGBTQ artists having some killer moments like Lil Nas. That recognition and growth is setting the course for young and new artists to get out there and start creating what they feel authentically. As for me personally, I think it changes based on where I am in my life in that moment. Listening to Lauryn Hills "Everything is Everything" as a teenager was a game changer for me. The musicality and empowerment was a shift for me to want to start creating. Then I recently heard this song "Honest" by Kyndal Inskeep. It really inspired my heart and my brain based on the raw truth in that chorus.
You are a game changer yourself... how do you want to change the game with YOUR music?
One person at a time, one moment at a time. I want to connect with people and tell my story. I want people to be inspired and if they don't feel like a fighter, that they can't be themselves and/or think they can't change their life or their path, THEY CAN! I've done it and so can they!
How are you putting together your next project?
I'm finally releasing music after two years. I'm doing one song at a time really trying to share the heart and feeling behind it all instead of just dumping it and moving on like I have done in the past. I am proud of all these songs. I have so many more to share but I really want them to have a chance to live out in the world.
Who are you collaborating with?
So many awesome people on this record. Most of the songs are either a solo write or written with my good friends and really talented writers Megan Linville and Danny Myrick. Three of the songs being released were co produced with Danny Myrick and Sully Erna from the band Godsmack who also played drums, which is a killer sound. The last two that I'm putting out are being co-produced by Nick Wheeler of the All American Rejects and they are just really coming to life. I can't wait for everyone to hear them all!
Who are you giving credit to when it comes to how this upcoming music is being made?
It has been a journey. I think everyone who has really heard my stuff and been like, "yes, I get you" has a hand in it. Not everyone gets my vibe so that's a huge part of it. Also, it would not happen without my wife continuously supporting and pushing me to stay focused and believe in myself and invest in myself too.
Biggest lesson so far this year that you are taking into this summer?!
Between music and personal life the last few years has been a series of one lesson after another. I could easily say I'm very tired of learning them, lol. However, I think about my career, relationships, life goals, etc. I've been reminded that focusing on society's standards of what I should sound like or be like to, "make it" is a waste of my energy. Who cares, and who gets to decide what that even means. I DO! I get to decide what it means to "make it." In the end be yourself and be proud of that. That to me is success.
What is something EPIC you're doing this summer to contribute to your art?
I've never played a show in NY and I'm realy stoked to be doing that for the first time. I'm scheduled to host more songwriter rounds to help create visuality for female writers with THE FEM show for my fifth year on Fort Myers Beach, FL. And, I'm really excited to host my first ever Pride round of LGBTQ songwriters in Captiva, FL. It's exciting to highlight these writers and put together so much talent and love especially right now with the current climate of Florida around women's rights and the LGBTQ community. We are here, We are a part of this state and we matter!
You are just EPIC! Give us everything we need to keep up!