Brooke Waggoner

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

Brooke Waggoner
Birth nameBrooke Waggoner
Born (1984-05-30) May 30, 1984 (age 35)
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresIndie pop / folk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • clavinet
  • hammond organ
  • moog synthesizer
Years active2007–present
LabelsSwoon Moon
Websitebrookewaggoner.com

BiographyEdit

Waggoner was born in Houston, Texas, 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 four albums independently, with all music being fully written, orchestrated, and arranged by herself. Her debut release was an EP titled Fresh Pair of Eyes (2007). After touring nationally through the spring of 2008, Waggoner 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, she produced her third album, Go Easy Little Doves.[2] The album again debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.[citation needed] Waggoner spent fall and spring of 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, she 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",[3] appearing multiple times with acts such as Wilco, Au Pair, 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, and Grey's Anatomy, as well as CBS's Ghost Whisperer, and Lifetime's Army Wives.[citation needed]

Waggoner released her first DVD, entitled And the World Opened Up, in 2010. It contains a live performance recorded at Nashville's Art House America in late 2009. Her 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 has also produced records for other artists, including the 2010 vinyl release of The Sower[4] by The Champion & His Burning Flame and the 2012 EP The Family Album for Jessica Ripka.

In 2011, Waggoner recorded with Jack White on his first solo album, Blunderbuss. She performed live with White in 2012, including a performance at the Grammys. Waggoner also appears on White's follow-up album "Lazaretto"

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.[5]

Waggoner followed this with the release of her album Originator on March 5, 2013. After touring with Ron Sexsmith, playing the 2013 SXSW festival, Lollapalooza festival, releasing two music videos and an additional single, she finished the year by playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

In 2014, Waggoner signed a deal with Beijing-based label Pocket Records, and toured the entire country of China in partnership with Pocket Records for distribution of her albums Heal for the Honey and Go Easy Little Doves.

During 2015, the Nashville-based chamber music ensemble CHATTERBIRD commissioned Waggoner to compose a piece consisting of instrumentation for woodwinds, strings, and piano entitled "Minor-Born". The piece debuted at Abrasive Media in May 2015 and a second time as part of the Sideshow Fringe Festival in July 2015.

In January 2016, Waggoner's self-produced album Sweven released on her own label, Swoon Moon Music. Flood Magazine called it her "most ambitious work to date".[6]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Heal for the Honey (2008)
  • Go Easy Little Doves (2009)
  • Originator (2013)
  • Sweven (2016)
  • Sweven Remixes (2017)

EPsEdit

Live albumsEdit

  • Sing to Me (Live in Boston) (2013)

DVDsEdit

  • And the World Opened Up (2010)

SinglesEdit

  • "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)
  • "Christmas Moon" (2015)
  • "Widow Maker" (2015)

Also appears onEdit

  • guest vocals on song "Get Mad" by Kyle Andrews (2007)
  • string orchestration for song "The Weight of Us" by Sanders Bohlke (2009)
  • string orchestration for song "Closer (To Love)" by Mat Kearney (2009)
  • guest vocals on "The Ol' College Try" by Nick Flora (2009)
  • vocals & keyboards on song "Parker's Chapel" by Hammock & Brooke Waggoner (2011)
  • guest vocals on 36-song project Yearbook by Sleeping at Last (2011)
  • guest keyboardss on Out of the Jar EP by Stephen Gordon (2012)
  • guest Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3, piano, Wurlitzer piano on Blunderbuss album by Jack White (2012)
  • guest piano w/ Pokey LaFarge on Disney's film The Lone Ranger - song "Red's Theater of the Absurd" (2013)
  • guest clavinet, hammond, moog synthesizer, piano on Lazaretto album by Jack White (2014)
  • guest piano on Fantasize album by Kye Kye (2014)
  • orchestration / copyist on song "Don't Put Dirt on My Grave" / Juliette (String & Horn Version) for ABC's Nashville Episode 215 produced by Buddy Miller (2014)
  • guest piano w/ Jack White on song "I'm Down" by Beck, sheet music book Song Reader (2014)
  • string orchestration / copyist on song "Impossible Winner" by The Dead Weather (2015)
  • string orchestration / copyist on live video version of song "Overactor" by Preston Lovinggood (2016)
  • guest vocals on song "Heart Needs Medicine" by Don Tigra (2016)
  • guest piano on Pink Floyd cover "Wish You Were Here" by Cody Jinks (2017)
  • guest piano, hammond B3, Wurlitzer on album Modern Plagues by The Whistles & The Bells (2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c [1] Archived January 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Richards, Chris (December 3, 2009). "Brooke Waggoner: Live last night - Post Rock". Voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "Brooke Waggoner On Mountain Stage". NPR.org. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Sower | The Champion And His Burning Flame". Thechampionandhisburningflame.bandcamp.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". Halftheskymovement.org. August 30, 2012. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Brooke Waggoner Reclaims the Spotlight on "Sweven" LP". floodmagazine.com. January 8, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2019.

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