Friday, March 11, 2011

Local Spotlight - Brooke Annibale - March 2011 - Pittsburgh - Interview - Album Release

Brooke Annibale is our local spotlight for the month of March 2011. She is a Pittsburgh native and is already creating her third album at the age of 23. Silence Worth Breaking is the new album and will be released on March 15th. You can find several tracks throughout the below interview. There will also be a cd release show at Cefalo's Restaurant & Nightclub in Carnegie, PA on March 26th at 8p. You can find more information about Brooke on the following site:

How did you get your start creating music? 
I've been writing lyrics and putting them to melody for as along as I can remember. I might have started that when I was 10 or so. I started learning guitar at 15 and started writing songs as soon as I knew enough chords to piece a few together.

Silence Worth Breaking - "First Listen" by brookeannibale

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?

Acoustic pop-folk.

Are you originally from the Pittsburgh area? Families here as well?

Born and raised in Pittsburgh and mostly all of my family is here as well.

Do you create music full time or is this more of a part time venture?

I do create music full time, although half of the job is the managing, booking, promoting, social networking, publicity etc, which I do as well.

Silence Worth Breaking - "First Listen" by brookeannibale

How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?

My process starts one of two ways: I either have an idea for a song topic / a line or two I want to build a song from OR I have a guitar part or progression and a melody and I write a song to that. It really has to process after the could go in a 100 different directions from there. I could be done with the whole song in 30 minutes or it could take a few months to find the right words, etc. I usually track the song on GarageBand throughout the writing process.

What are your goals? What would you like to accomplish? Are you trying to get signed to a label?

My goals right now are to successfully release this record and grow my fan base. I hope these songs really connect with listeners. As far as the business side of things, I'd really like to get a booking or management deal. Having someone to book my shows for me would be incredible!

What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

Play out a lot. Focus on your songwriting and make sure you love the music you make. I spent a long time on this new batch of songs and I've never been more excited about a few songs, which makes me really excited to play, promote and sell them. If you don't love the songs you're doing (which happens), you won't have the enthusiasm to perform and promote them over and over and over and over again.

Silence Worth Breaking - "First Listen" by brookeannibale

Have you toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?

I've mostly toured regionally (eastern PA, Ohio, DC, Baltimore) but I've gotten pretty far too, (Vermont, Massachusetts, NYC, Nashville, Kentucky, Greensboro).

Being in the Pgh area, do you find it more difficult to try and succeed?

Pgh has it's advantages if you're a musician. The scene is not as saturated as some cities, like where I went to college, in Nashville. So in that way their is more room for you to find a fan base, but in the same sense there probably isn't as much interest in music as there is in Nashville or New York or bigger cities. But you know, Pittsburgh really does has a great arts scene and I can tell it's growing the more time I have to observe and participate in it.

What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create some 'success' in Pgh?

It's always an obstacle to get people out to shows, but I think that happens everywhere. I went to school in Nashville and when you're there you meet people in the industry all the time. That doesn't really happen in Pittsburgh so that's kind of an obstacle.

Silence Worth Breaking - "First Listen" by brookeannibale

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

Like I said before, it's a lot less saturated with musicians and the music being created is really diverse. That can make it a bit easier to attempt making a career out of it.

Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?

I always like to play at Club Cafe. It's a cozy space and a lot of my favorite national artists play there. And I got my start in coffee shops so anytime I have the opportunity to play in a place like that I'm excited about it.


  1. Good read. I've had the chance to interview her a couple times, and she is great to talk with. You can tell that she "gets it." Brooke is an amazing artist and Silence Worth Breaking is a phenomenal album. I hope this album really helps her to break out as an artist!