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ACTRESS/SINGER/SONGWRITER BROOKE JOSEPHSON RETURNS WITH NEW EP “SHOWIN’ UP”

December 18, 2021

SHOWIN’ UP is Josephson’s first self-produced release. The EP is mixed and mastered by Grammy and Oscar-winning engineer Brendan Dekora (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Anita Baker) and features such acclaimed musicians as guitarist Tim Pierce (Goo Goo Dolls, Crowded House, Phil Collins) and drummer Seth Rausch (Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town). The EP was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in Nashville.

The first track/video from the EP, the uplifting “Rainbow,” is out now and can be accessed here. The decidedly celestial video and song feature a message of positive empowerment to the global community. The video also showcases Josephson’s young daughter Shira, an established children’s activist, Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (https://www.shirasstorycorner.com/). Inspired by social challenges her daughter faced, of “Rainbow,” Josephson explains, “So I wrote my daughter and anyone else struggling with self-acceptance, “You’re a Rainbow, a rainbow babe, and there’s no shame in shining when they rain on your parade…” and the rest of the song grew from there”. The early reviews for “Rainbow” have been stellar with Celebrity Zones declaring it “exceptional by any measure” and The Indie Source stating, “If you’re not already a fan of Brooke Josephson’s music, I’ve got a feeling that what she does in ‘Rainbow’ will leave you with a solid opinion of her future as a pop singer/songwriter…”

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Rising Music Star Brooke Josephson

February 9, 2022

a part of our series about rising music stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Brooke Josephson.
Actress/singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson returns with a new release, SHOWIN’ UP, due out on February 25th. Known for her catchy pop tunes and her often tongue-in-cheek take on domestic life, SHOWIN’ UP continues Josephson’s artistic journey inspired by her experiences as a full-time mother trying to balance personal and professional lives, as so many mothers do. Although the writing and recording process began before the pandemic, Josephson put the finishing touches on the EP this year with so much of the album’s life-affirming content taking on a deeper meaning.
Los Angeles-based actress/singer/songwriter and full-time mother Brooke Josephson was raised in small-town Warsaw, IN. As a young adult, Josephson followed her dream to New York City to become an actress and has appeared in such high-profile shows as ABC’s long-running soap opera, “All My Children,” FOX’s hit series, “Bones” as well as the major motion pictures, “Enchanted” (Disney) and “Life As We Know It” (Warner Brothers). Leaving the business to begin her family and raise her two children, Josephson soon returned to the creative arts earning a Master’s certificate in songwriting from the esteemed Berklee School Of Music. In 2013, she released her first EP, LIVE AND LET LIVE. The SEXY N’ DOMESTICATED EP followed in 2018. Of SEXY N’ DOMESTICATED, AXS raved, “It’s a female-empowered, five-song album that showcases the beautiful songstress’ knack for combining catchy grooves with hook-laden melodies and introspective storytelling”.

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‘Showin’ Up’: Brooke Josephson Discusses Her Infectious New EP

February 17, 2022

Josephson’s new EP, Showin’ Up, is the follow up to her acclaimed and female-empowered Sexy & Domesticated, and features introspective songs discussing the shifting energy and acceptance of who we are, the importance of the creative journey and making a difference, and the profoundness of lost relationship.

Self-produced by Josephson, Showin’ Up was mixed and mastered by Grammy winning engineer, Brendan Dekora (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Anita Baker) and features musicians like guitarists Chris Nordlinger, Tim Pierce (Goo Goo Dolls, Crowded House, Phil Collins) and drummer Seth Rausch (Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town). The EP also includes Josephson’s spin on the Bonnie Raitt classic, “Love Me Like A Man,” and features a radio single as well as an extended jam.

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Actress/Singer/Songwriter Brooke Josephson's NEW EP OUT NOW

February 25, 2022

The infectious “Showin’ Up” is an anthem for people around the world doing their best every day, whether or not they receive recognition. Vents Magazine declared it, “a crackling anthem for underdogs around the world”.

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Brooke Josephson Releases NEW EP: SHOWIN' UP

February 25, 2022

The infectious “Showin’ Up” is an anthem for people around the world doing their best every day, whether or not they receive recognition. Although the writing and recording process began before the pandemic, Josephson put the finishing touches on the EP this year with so much of the album’s life-affirming content taking on a deeper meaning. Showin’ Up is Josephson’s first self-produced release. The EP is mixed and mastered by Grammy and Oscar-winning engineer Brendan Dekora (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Anita Baker) and features such acclaimed musicians as guitarist Tim Pierce (Goo Goo Dolls, Crowded House, Phil Collins) and drummer Seth Rausch (Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town). The EP was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in Nashville.http://www.enigmaonline.com/2022/02/25/actress-singer-songwriter-brooke-josephsons-new-ep-showin-up-out-today/

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I'M MUSIC MAGAZINE: Brooke Josephson DROPS NEW LYRIC VIDEO

January 23, 2022

Actress/singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson has just released a new lyric video for “Showin’ Up,” the title track of her forthcoming EP, due out on February 25th. The infectious “Showin’ Up” is an anthem for people around the world doing their best every day, whether or not they receive recognition. Of the track, Josephson commented, “’Showin’ Up’ is for those making a difference by owning their worth in this world”. Continue Reading...https://im-musicmagazine.com/f/actresssingersongwriter-brooke-josephsons-drops-new-lyric-vid?fbclid=IwAR3iCGEk56JLHjKJ4VfOBEVU2E9_vWGa3PXPts2zR3q1H8NqOc0SwCI9Iic

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VENTS Magazine INTERVIEW: Actress/singer/songwriter/mother Brooke Josephson

January 19, 2022

We’re pleased to be speaking today with noted and respected actress, singer-songwriter and mother Brooke Josephson; welcome to Vents, Brooke! A couple of weeks in, how is 2022 treating you?

Thanks for the opportunity to speak with Vents Magazine today! I’m feeling super charged and hopeful heading into 2022. My family and friends are healthy and we have so much to be grateful for after the past two years.

Major congratulations are in order for your new lyric video entitled Showin’ Up! What was the genesis of this particular tune?

I’m a big fan of producer/songwriter, Dan Wilson and enjoy following him on Instagram since meeting him at a writer’s conference in 2013. He posted a challenge for songwriters in 2019 to write a song to open their live shows and I really thought about “What makes live music so special?” I kept coming back to the common denominator for both the fans and artist is the power of showing up. Live shows are a culmination of years the artist has shown up for themselves, rehearsing and writing when no one is watching, that is then celebrated through the power of fans showing up in person to hear the music that inspires them and to support an artist they love with the people they love. Continue reading...https://ventsmagazine.com/2022/01/19/interview-actress-singer-songwriter-mother-brooke-josephson/

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Brooke Josephson Releases New Lyric Video “Showin’ Up”

January 14, 2022

Actress/singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson has just released a new lyric video for “Showin’ Up,” the title track of her forthcoming EP, due out on February 25th. The infectious “Showin’ Up” is an anthem for people around the world doing their best every day, whether or not they receive recognition. Of the track, Josephson commented, “’Showin’ Up’ is for those making a difference by owning their worth in this world”.http://www.enigmaonline.com/2022/01/14/brooke-josephson-releases-new-lyric-video-showin-up/

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World Wide Music Interview: Brooke Josephson

December 17, 2021

Do you write and produce music? I write all of my music and most recently took the reigns of producing my latest EP, Showin’ Up, that started production at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in Nashville just before the pandemic lockdown. I resumed production after I was fully vaccinated in 2021 at East West Studios in Hollywood. The EP features drummer, Seth Rausch (Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Little Big Town), Guitarist Tim Pierce (Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Jackson), Strings by Kristin Wilkinson (OneRepublic, Brandi Carlile) and final mixes and masters by Oscar and Grammy Winning Engineer Brendan Dekora.

On my previous EP, Sexy N’ Domesticated, I took an open minded, stylistic detour with former Geffen Records A&R executive and veteran record producer Tony Berg to create a sassy, tongue and cheek, new-wave flavored romp designed to empower women who have to balance their personal lives while being busy moms, working full time. Sexy N’ Domesticated received the Best Performer Award by American Tracks Music Awards, and received Best Video from Los Angeles CineFest, Western NY Film, Art, and Music Event (FAME), International Independent Film Awards and others. 

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Brooke Josephson Returns With New EP: ‘Showin’ Up’

December 16, 2021

Actress/singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson returns with a new EP, Showin’ Up, due out on February 25th. Known for her catchy pop tunes and her often tongue-in-cheek take on domestic life, Showin’ Up continues Josephson’s artistic journey inspired by her experiences as a full-time mother trying to balance personal and professional lives, as so many mothers do. Although the writing and recording process began before the pandemic, Josephson put the finishing touches on the EP this year with so much of the album’s life-affirming content taking on a deeper meaning. Showin’ Up is Josephson’s first self-produced release. The EP is mixed and mastered by Grammy and Oscar-winning engineer Brendan Dekora (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Anita Baker) and features such acclaimed musicians as guitarist Tim Pierce (Goo Goo Dolls, Crowded House, Phil Collins) and drummer Seth Rausch (Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town). The EP was recorded at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in Nashville. http://www.enigmaonline.com/2021/12/16/brooke-josephson-returns-with-new-ep-showin-up/

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REVIEW: “Rainbow” by Brooke Josephson

July 20, 2021

Good songcraft takes years to develop, not months, and this can be a very hard fact for some indie players to face. There’s a lot of work that goes into cultivating something special for your audience, and if there’s anyone who knows what I’m talking about, it’s a pop singer like Brooke Josephson. Josephson’s sound has been getting progressively tighter through the past few years, culminating with her most recent release in a new single and music video titled “Rainbow,” and despite its somewhat streamlined construction, this is a track that breaks out of the mainstream shell its contemporaries live in.

There’s a hint of desperation pushing the percussive undertow in this piece forward, but it’s met with such sterling confidence in our singer’s voice that the ensuing contrast becomes a focal point of the song. The narrative in “Rainbow” is created not just out of lyrics, but out of the way this crooner is lashing us with them (in the most melodic fashion she can, mind you). Thoughtful might be too big an understatement – this is Brooke Josephson reconnecting with the audience free of any pressures normally associated with the pop game in 2021.
The harmonies in this single have such a strong influence over how we break down the lyrics that there’s no overvaluing the weight of their emotional contribution to the track. The rhythm of the instrumentation – from the drums to the guitars, keys, bass, and right on back to the vocals – is shaped mostly by Josephson’s lyrical execution than it is the pulse of the percussion alone. Simply put, there’s really no one element in this song given a singular task; every instrument lends something to the others beside it, making even the more indulgent moments in this mix sound efficient and well-organized. I would undeniably be interested in hearing a live version of “Rainbow” just to see if this singer could deliver it as crisply in person as she does from inside of a recording studio, but whether it took a couple of adjustments to make it tangible to listeners or not, I think it would be something Josephson’s hardcore fans wouldn’t soon forget. This singer/songwriter has evolved a lot in the past eight years that have gone by since the release of Live and Let Live, and “Rainbow” summarizes the growth she’s experienced as a songwriter rather flawlessly. There’s still some room for her to expand on some of the themes she’s toying with in this single, but overall I think she’s one of the more complete packages in independent pop music out of the west right now. “Rainbow” lets Brooke Josephson acknowledge her influences while still blazing a trail that is very much hers and hers alone. By relying on her organic talents alone, she makes a vivid distinction between her sound and that of the synthetics-dependent artists emerging out of the woodwork this summer and looking to appeal to much of the same audience she’s easily winning over now.

Clay Burton 

https://www.imaai.org/rainbow-by-brooke-josephson/

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Brooke Josephson - Review -Rainbow

July 5, 2021

Rainbow is a song about healing. Inspired by an unexpected and sad experience which her young daughter went through at school, Brooke Josephson found the response, or at least a teaching moment in a fragment of a Harry Chapin song…“There’s so many colours in the rainbow, so many colours in the morning sun, so many colours in the flowers, and I see everyone, ” and from these words her own song took flight.
Rainbow is upbeat pop at its finest. A song built on energetic guitars and straight-forward beats, infectiousness and easy groove, is built on memories of the past and hopes for the future and delivered via gorgeously uplifting lyrics and anthemic deliveries. Stadium pop? Yes, indeed.
But more than that, this is a rallying call. One which asks us to celebrate our unity as a planet and also our diversity as people. A rainbow, after all, is more beautiful for its myriad blends of colours than it could ever be if it was only one hue. It’s simple when you think about it.  https://dancing-about-architecture.com/rainbow-brooke-josephson-reviewed-by-dave-franklin/