EMPOWERED WOMEN IN MUSIC
Be your Unique, Original, Beautiful SELF...
Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about your beginnings in the industry!
Thank you so so much for having me! I’m so excited to be a part of what you’re doing. I started taking music seriously when I was 13 years old, and that’s when I started writing as well! It’s been a crazy interesting 5 years! I’m so blessed and grateful to be doing what I’m doing now.
Where are you from and where are you currently located?
I am from Ohio and still am located in Ohio! We’ve been thinking about moving for a while now, we’ll see what happens!
Goals for 2019 and beyond?
Some goals I had for 2019 have already happened which has been so wonderful. I still hope to land a sync deal, and later on hope to sign with an Indie Label! I’d also love to live in Los Angeles or Nashville within the next few years- we’ll see what happens! :)
What have been some of your greatest challenges and achievements so far?
I wouldn’t necessarily say there have been “challenges”, more-so difficulties with deals or people, but it’s always worked out just fine! Thankfully I have an INCREDIBLE team behind me who always look out for me and what I’m doing. I’m so grateful for them! Achievement-wise, I think landing a Publishing-Admin Deal with INgrooves, performing at Summerfest, and working with the people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with have been the greatest. Being surrounded by amazing people who believe in you and push you to be your absolute best is the biggest blessing!
Where can we follow you on line?
You can follow me on any of my social media platforms:
Instagram - @ginabrooklynn
Please answer the following, "If my fans really knew me, they would know that..."
If my fans really knew me, they would know that I truly love and care about them. All I ever want to do is spread peace, love, kindness, hope, and bring unity to those around when we’re all so divided. Despite difference, we’re all human and that’s what matters most- we need to be respectful and loving towards each other. As the world-renown High School Musical movie once said, “We’re all in this together”!!! Haha!
This is always a hard question to answer because it changes with every life-stage I go through. When I was younger I listened to Mumford and Sons and John Mayer- I loved their music and writing so much. I also listened to Adele and sang her songs ALL THE TIME! One of my FAVORITE female artists would be Amy Winehouse. She was so original and unique- she embodied what it truly MEANS to BE an artist. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of 70s music- my favorites being Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Carole King and Joni Mitchell- it’s all so honest and raw and it’s music that MEANS something. It has PURPOSE. I think a lot of music today has become so saturated and carbon-copied; it’s so sad. There’s barely any rawness or originality.
Any struggles as a woman in the industry and any advice for young girls just starting out?
I personally haven’t struggled in ways you might think- thankfully, like I’ve mentioned, I have an incredible team behind me that looks out for me. My dad is my manager and he comes with me wherever I go. There have been times after performing or in other situations where certain individuals have come up to me and cornered me, trying to hit on me or do other things- but thankfully my family has always been there and helped me out of those situations. I can’t imagine doing this alone! It’d be so much more difficult. Another struggle I’ve faced has been people telling me to change my sound or style to fit what’s “popular”! That’s always frustrating, but it doesn’t bother me anymore. I know who I am and believe in the message I want to share with the world! I know that this is a business and people in the industry are just following a formula that (sometimes) = success. We’re all trying to work and get things done, and if I (or any other artist) spent time dwelling on what those people say, we wouldn’t be able to do what we have to do or do what we LOVE to do! You can’t get upset if someone doesn’t understand you- that’s life. That’s ART. It’s all subjective- some people will love it and some will hate it- you just have to remain authentic and do your own thing! :)
BE YOURSELF. BE YOUR UNIQUE, ORIGINAL, BEAUTIFUL SELF! Being a carbon-copy isn’t what makes someone a true artist. There are SO MANY people out there that are trying to follow a specific path, hoping for the same success that the ORIGINAL artist they’re copying had. It doesn’t work that way. Life is too short to be like somebody else anyways! Pave your own wonderful and beautiful path!
THANK YOU GINA!