Where are you located now and where are you originally from? I am currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. I'm originally from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and then Salt Lake City, Utah.
Who has been your greatest influence?
When I first started college at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU Tisch, I was going through a pretty intense breakup. The album "She's So Unusual" by Cyndi Lauper kept me going through those first weeks, and Cyndi quickly became my greatest artistic influence. Besides being an incredible vocalist, what drew me to her was the unwavering confidence she seemed to express through her unapologetic femininity and bubbly personality. She taught me that to be upbeat, feminine, and in love with life is a sign of strength, not weakness,
What is your latest and greatest? This summer, I started a band project called Brea Fournier and the Dream Ballet. Playing with a group of people I consider to not only be among my favorite musicians, but my closest friends has been exhilarating. Through playing live shows and now recording together, we are cultivating a sound and aesthetic that I find truly unique. We are bringing new life to songs I've written since moving to New York that I am ecstatic to share with the world.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
My band and I are working on a super exciting project: a theatrical performance experience. I can't give too many details yet but it's going to be big! I'm planning on getting back into my roots by incorporating more of my theatre background into our live performances . I'm also so excited to start releasing some of our new music. After many of our gigs this summer, we were able to connect personally with new fans who truly believe in our songs. I can hardly wait to bring these tunes to life and make them available to a wider audience.
What would you say to your younger self if you could? Brea, you're going to experience heartbreak of many kinds, but don't fret! From your struggles, you'll create beautiful art, and when you share your work you and many others will realize you aren't alone. Feeling things deeply is a blessing, not a curse, so don't let anyone tell you differently. Always be unabashedly you because in doing so you will inspire others to do the same. Oh, and you should probably clean your room.
On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you? A few years ago I would've given a resounding TEN to this question, but these days I think a just as enthusiastic NINE is appropriate. I've always been a type A personality (you can ask my mom just how many times I said "no" to sleepovers with friends in high school so I could stay home and do homework), but the pandemic forced me to learn more about my mental health. I've taught myself to prioritize my down time, self-care, and relationships just as much as school and my music. If you're not taking care of yourself, how can you take care of anything else? Giving myself that time has allowed me to think about what really matters in life, and I've been able to create deeper, more meaningful art. Don't get me wrong, I'm still driven as hell and determined to make the world I envision a reality through hard work and perseverance.
When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track? It's easy for me to get so stressed out and overwhelmed by the weight of what I want to accomplish that it starts to feel impossible to do anything. In these situations, I find it best to find ONE thing I know I'm capable of making headway on at that moment. Oftentimes, the confidence boost I get from accomplishing one task gives me energy to keep going. When I'm feeling unmotivated due to perceived rejection or failure, I try to remember the amazing compliments I've received from fans, the words of encouragement from mentors, and the support I feel from my music community. Sometimes I'll even reach out to my band -- "should we keep going?" The answer is always "Brea, DUH!"
How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
Growing up, whenever I felt hopeless, my parents always recited a quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca we had hanging on our wall: "Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity." I've always found it best to not worry too much about my own personal "luck" and instead focus on what I can control: my work. I have to believe that if I stay true to myself and my art and take every opportunity that presents itself, whatever is meant to be will follow. As they say, a lot of the music industry is not what you know but who you know. To me, that means making connections and supporting the artistic endeavors of my friends as much as I do my own.
How can we stay up to date with you?
Follow me! I'm on Instagram as @breafourniermusic and @dreamballetband. My music on Spotify is under Brea Fournier, feel free to follow! I'll be shamelessly promoting new music and Dream Ballet shows (which we would LOVE to see you at, come say hi and I'll buy you a drink!) so keep an eye out!
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