We chat to Gina Brooklyn from the USA who was awarded 1st place and won a trip to Capitol Studios to record a song with world-class producer Brian Malouf. She tells us about her career and advice for anyone wanting to pursue music.
Her music combines numerous influences from different genres. By creating a captivating ambience for her distinctive vocals, soul-gripping melodies and engaging lyrics, she can lure even the most demanding listeners into her world.
How would you describe your music/sound?
It’s very unique! I’m constantly influenced by all genres of music, and I think you can hear the different sounds and styles very clearly and distinctly if you listen to my other songs.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a singer, but I was awful at it. I starting singing when I was 5, practicing day and night. I got into songwriting when I was 12, after going through a poetry course in school. I’m very bad at communicating, but when I wrote poetry, I found that I could express everything I wanted to through simple words and phrases. I felt understood. And that’s all music is really, poetry set to music- my two loves. My dad, who was previously in a band with my mom, asked me if this was what I wanted to do. I said “yes!” and had no idea what was coming. He has pushed me and supported me endlessly since then, along with my momma, and we’ve been working together to get where I want to be. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.
How did your music career begin?
It began when I was 12- I was told that if this was something I truly wanted to do, I would have to build my catalogue, learn songs to perform live, and practice singing often! And that’s exactly what I did. As a few years passed, we ended up meeting and working with people in the industry, and everything kind of happened, one meeting after the other. I would say it began when I was 12, but in a sense it began when I was 5, with my fiery passion to be a singer.
Did you face any setbacks and how did you overcome them?
Of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. In the beginning of my career, we trusted people we shouldn’t have, and worked with people who wasted our money. That’s something I wish we could have avoided, but being new in the industry, it was easy for people to swoop in and take advantage of us. You live and you learn, and thankfully there was good that came out of those situations.
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
I would love to work with Finneas one day- he is absolutely brilliant, very very talented. I wouldn’t mind writing with Harry Styles either? Another very talented and unique guy. It’d be fun to pick his brain and write a song with him.
Which moment of your career stands out most to you?
Oh gosh, hard to say. There have been so many incredible moments that I am so grateful for! I think the one that stands out the most would be when I wrote a song for the first time. I was filled with excitement, passion, and in that moment I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What are your goals for the future?
To make a living doing music! However it happens, whatever it entails. Wherever God wants me to be, I know he’ll continue to lead me there. My trust always remains in him.
Do you have any advice for people pursuing music?
Life is constantly changing- nothing is permanent. Stay grounded, love others well, live greatly. Be present in all that you do! I can’t stress that enough. And lastly, dream big and enjoy every moment!
The Djooky Music Awards (DMA), the first global online song contest, is now accepting applications from artists and songwriters all over the world. The deadline for entries is until Nov 23rd, 23:59:59 GMT. For more information visit: https://www.djookyawards.com
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