Born in Toronto, Canada, singer-songwriter Brooke Turner has established her pop career in Canada, and is now on the road to international stardom with her latest UK chart topping song “I Wish I Could Forget You”.Growing up as a child Brooke would listen to a song on the radio for the first time and before the song had finished she was singing along or harmonizing. She started singing properly when she was 7, after her choir teacher at the time expressed that she should learn to hone that talent. Brooke began professional singing lessons, in a classical and musical theatre style. When Brooke reached about 13 years old, she decided she wanted to change direction slightly and sing the songs on the radio. It was then her love for dance and popular music evolved. Her debut song, which she wrote was called ‘Touch the Sky’ in 10th grade, a song that inspired the listener to always try to achieve your dreams, and Brooke has certainly managed that.
London Prestige: What is your music background? Do you write your own songs?
Brooke Turner: Starting from a young age I was always passionate and intrigued by music. Before I knew anything technical about music, my mum would tell me that I would be singing along to songs I was hearing for the first time, predicting the melodies and harmonies as they came about.
I started official vocal lessons when I was 7 years old after a choir teacher at the time told my mum that I was quite talented. Though, at the beginning of my music education, I decided to start in classical music and musical theatre, to help build a foundation of good technique and understanding. When I was about 14 years old I started writing my own songs which were more in the pop genre. I’ve been writing my own songs ever since. I think that doing this really allows you to connect with the song emotionally taking the song to a whole new level.
London Prestige: How important is image?
Brooke Turner: I think that image is quite important as it helps to define you as person and allows you to express yourself creatively. Though, I believe that when we are young it is more likely than not for an image to shift and grow with the person and so it is ever changing. So, I think that it is best to check in with yourself often and make sure that your image well reflects who you are and how you wish to portray yourself to the rest of the world.
London Prestige: What image do you think your music conveys?
Brooke Turner: The image my music portrays is mostly story based. In my new EP “Wish I Could Forget You”, my music tells the story of a relationship from the beginning all the way through to its demise. In doing this I hope that my listeners find the ability to relate to the lyrics and feel the emotions that I felt while writing these songs while following the progression through the relationship.
London Prestige: Describe your style.
Brooke Turner: Musically, I would say that my style has an electro-pop vibe in a similar genre as Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha or Sia. Visually, I would say that my style has two sides. One that is a beachy vintage vibe and the other that is more girly and done up.
London Prestige: Tell us about your latest record.
Brooke Turner: My latest record “Wish I Could Forget You” was written to portray the span of a relationship. It was recorded in Los Angeles at the Record Plant with the amazing producer Patrizio Moi. I really enjoyed working on this album in all aspects but especially the writing, as the content is very close to the heart for me.
London Prestige: What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful?
Brooke Turner: I think the most important thing in trying to be successful in absolutely anything is to never give up. Alongside that, I believe that dedication and hard work are the fundamental road blocks to getting there, while also being a good person in general; being courteous, having integrity, following your heart and persevering through the
challenges that life throws at you.
London Prestige: Which musicians have you learned from?
Brooke Turner: What musicians haven’t I learned from? Every person that I have ever listened to, I feel, makeup a part of the artist that I am today. Though, I would say that my main artistic influences are Kelly Clarkson, Sia, Tori Kelly and Alecia Keys.
London Prestige: Which instruments do you play?
I play a little piano and guitar. I also plan to learn the ukulele pretty soon, as I think it would be a fun instrument to get the hang of!
London Prestige: How often and for how long do you practice singing?
Brooke Turner: I try to practice daily as it is a muscle that needs continual training (of course with breaks when I am feeling vocally tired). I like to do anywhere from 45 mins to an hour. I find that much more than this, with technical training at least, can be a little much.
Though, I do sing at all times in the car to the radio as well and in my daily life in general, but that’s more just playing around haha.
London Prestige: What other hobbies do you have?
Brooke Turner: I love to bake, especially cookies, hang out with friends, go to the gym, read, play with my pet rabbit along with many other things!
London Prestige: What are your long-term career goals?
Brooke Turner: Ultimately, I would like to be able to continue to share my music to increasingly larger audiences, allowing myself to be able to perform in large venues, like the Staples Center for instance, surrounded by people who I can share my stories and have fun with. Story telling is definitely one of my favorite things to do.
London Prestige: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Brooke Turner: As a child, I didn’t really know anyone in particular that one would label a “music person”, but that definitely didn’t mean that my childhood wasn’t musical. For instance, when I would be driving in the car with my dad he wouldn’t always know all of the words to the song, so he would make up new ones as he went claiming the artist “must have forgotten the real lyrics” as a joke. Maybe this was where the seed of my love of singing and songwriting was planted.
London Prestige: Is there a particular song that you have written that never fails to move you emotionally?
Brooke Turner: For that I would definitely say it is a tie between “Wish I Could Forget You” and my other song “Not Over You”.
Both of these songs are deeply rooted emotionally for me. “Wish I Could Forget You” reminds me of a time when I was in a relationship that felt like it was going in circles, never progressing forwards or really ending, that, as a result, took a huge toll on me. While “Not Over You” brings me back to end of a relationship that felt like it had
ended so abruptly. Yet when I look back now, I am able to see more clearly that it hadn’t really been that abrupt at all because every change was so slight, it was hard to see its progression until one day, like elastic, it was stretched so far that it broke.
London Prestige: What’s next?
Brooke Turner: Currently, my team and I are in the midst of pushing my single “Wish I Could Forget You” in Europe. We will then expand its reach towards North America and onwards. I am also in the process of making a music video for the track, which should be released mid to the end of November. So, stay tuned!