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by Joni Astrup
Teenage country singer Brooke Lynn of Big Lake will take the stage in downtown Elk River this summer during the Riverfront Concert Series.
She’s one of five new acts that have been booked, joining five returning ones to round out the weekly concert series.
Brooke is 17 and a senior at Big Lake High School. While singing in Elk River on Aug. 7, she will be backed by the band “2 Mile Final.”
She has been singing all her life, but a couple key turning points lit a fire under her singing career.
One came the summer before she was in sixth grade, when she won a talent competition as part of her dad’s all-school reunion in Fosston, Minn., and picked up a $1,000 prize.
Brooke said that’s the first time it really hit her that she could sing.
More competitions followed. It was while she was waiting in line to try out for The X Factor in Chicago that she forged a friendship that has played an important role in her singing life. Waiting in line with her was Brian Taylor, a singer from Nashville.
Brooke was just 14 at the time, and The X Factor organizers told her she was too young. Taylor, however, told her to record a demo of three songs and send it to him.
“Ever since then, I have been working with him,” she said.
When she was 15, she spent time in Nashville, developing her singing career.
Taylor introduced her to producer Rick Holt and the two offered to produce her album. Brooke co-wrote three of the songs on the album, “Little Angels.” The album was completed in the fall of 2011 and is available on iTunes. The album includes a total of 10 songs. “The mixture of the songs is perfect, because you have a little bit of sass, praise for the amazing God we have, love (of course), and friendship — all of which I love singing about because those topics all play vital roles in my life,” she wrote on her website, brookelynnmusic.com.
Her “Little Angels” music video is on YouTube.
Some of the people who worked on her album had also worked with famous singers like Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride.
Brooke described the experience as surreal.
“It was just crazy to be 15 and in the studios where my idols were,” she said.
While she has pursued her singing career, Brooke also values her education.
As she moved into her last two years of high school, Brooke said she has tried to put school first. A straight-A student, she has been taking some college classes as part of her curriculum.
She also is in track this spring, where she competes in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes and is on relay teams. In the fall, she is the manager of the football team.
Brooke plans to go to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., this fall to major in biology and possibly also pick up a major in chemistry.
While she wants to be a singer, she also intends to be a physician’s assistant, and plans to go to physician’s assistant school in Nashville after graduating from college.
“Education has always been important to me,” she said. “There are so many great singers that don’t make it and so you want to have something to fall back on.”
In Nashville, she said, it seems everyone is either a singer or a musician and everyone is trying to make it in the music business.
“I’ve learned that it’s about looks. It’s about voice. It’s about stage presence,” she said. “There’s so many factors that go into it. The music industry is just crazy. You just never know who is going to make it and who is not.”