Brooke Waggoner Biography
Waggoner comes from a classical music background with 17 years of formal training. She graduated with a Music Composition & Orchestration degree from Louisiana State University in 2006. After graduating, she left for Nashville and began developing her current music. Brooke Waggoner has now released three albums independently, with all music being fully written, orchestrated and arranged by her. Brooke's debut release was an EP titled Fresh Pair of Eyes (2007) called "one of the most exciting releases to come out of America in 2007" by the London Sunday Times. After touring nationally thru the spring of 2008, she 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 and Brooke continued touring nationally with such artists as Copeland, Bell X1, Owen, Paper Route, and Unwed Sailor among others. The album took the #1 slot on Patrol Magazine's "Best Faith-Inspired Albums of 2008". In 2009, Brooke took on the role of producer for her third album, Go Easy Little Doves. The album was released in the fall of 2009 and also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. Brooke spent that fall and the spring of 2010 on tour with such artists as Owl City, Rocky Votolato, and Denison Witmer. Brooke was nominated for an Independent Music Award for "Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album" in 2009. Also in the fall of 2009, Brooke won the Nashville Music Award for "NBN Emerging Artist" of the year. Brooke Waggoner has also been a part of the long running and award winning radio show NPR's Mountain Stage, appearing multiple times with acts such as The Hold Steady, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Sill, and many others. Her music has appeared on numerous TV shows such as: ABC Family's Greek, Kyle XY, & Pretty Little Liars as well as CBS's Ghost Whisperer, ABC's Grey's Anatomy, and Lifetime's Army Wives. Waggoner released her first DVD, entitled And the World Opened Up, in the fall of 2010. It contains a live performance recorded at Nashville's Art House America in late 2009. Waggoner's 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" by The Champion & His Burning Flame and the upcoming 2012 ep for L.A-based artist Jessica Ripka. In 2011, Waggoner recorded with Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes, on his first solo album, Blunderbuss. She performed live with White in 2012.