By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Inspired by the love of her hometown of New York City and the downright savagery of the COVID-19 pandemic, singer-songwriter Brooke Moriber dropped two videos for “In It Together” and “Better Days,” songs which have already garnered airplay on SiriusXM Radio.
Having undergone her own personal struggles by way of a rare eye disease that struck when she was a teenager, the artist – signed to Nashville, Tenn.-based Reviver Records – has always used writing and music as a way to deal with adversity.
Through meditation and self-healing, her doctors were pleasantly surprised to find that the disease went into remission four years past diagnosis. It’s presented an evolution from her roots in Broadway, that began when she played a young Cosette in “Les Misérables” at age eight, which led to a number of other roles on stage and screen.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Moriber about what she’s been up to lately and more.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for in 2021?
Brooke Moriber – On a global scale, I hope for more kindness and healing. Personally, I hope for the ability to perform all of my new music in front of a live audience and feel that connection again when it is safe.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Brooke Moriber – While the year has been extremely challenging, it has also been a bit of a growth spurt for me and a reminder of why I started writing music in the first place. I fell in love with songwriting when I was a teenager and diagnosed with a rare eye disease. I turned to music and meditation as a source of comfort when the vision loss and debilitating treatments left me feeling isolated and alone. To the doctors’ surprise, the disease went in to remission four years later. This pandemic has reminded me of how healing music can be and how resilient we are as human beings. It has helped me take the time to figure out who I am as an artist, what my message is and how I can connect with people through my music.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
Brooke Moriber – Probably “Cry Like A Girl.” I wrote this with my friend Billy Seidman and we worked really hard to make sure that the message would not be misconstrued. The song is about the strength it takes to embrace your emotions and that crying is a way towards healing and letting go, not a sign of weakness. I had the title in my head for a while, but it needed to be written with both a male and female perspective and I remember many debates during our sessions!
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
Brooke Moriber – I am in the process of recording my first singles as a Reviver artist. I have been back home in New York City since March and was supposed to be recording in Nashville at this time. Thankfully, technology has allowed us to record safely and remotely from NYC to my producer’s studio in Nashville, but recording during a pandemic definitely has its challenges!
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Brooke Moriber – I think social media is a great tool for musicians. It probably has more positives than negatives, but I do wish it was less of a time suck. I find that juggling between posts does take time away from being able to just focus on creating.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Brooke Moriber – Lately, I’ve been wearing out the recent Chris Cornell cover album, ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore.’
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Brooke Moriber – More women on the radio.
Music Bugle – What inspires you to keep doing what you do?
Brooke Moriber – For me, the creative process is like oxygen. I don’t know if I could exist without it. That rush you get when you first hear a song come to life in the studio, those moments when your heart is breaking, but it’s okay because you can write a song about it and then flash forward to that live show, where you spot an audience member singing along and you know they’ve been there too – there’s nothing like it.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need to escape?
Brooke Moriber – My happy place is on the couch with my “bunny-dog” Sherlock. Sherlock is a Holland Lop Rabbit. He’s litter box-trained, free-roaming and looks like a living, breathing stuffed animal. You can check him out on my Instagram. There is something magical about being able to connect and communicate with him and that unconditional love. He keeps me sane and reminds me that life is awesome.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
Brooke Moriber – I’m also a visual artist. I got a scholarship to college through my artwork. Had a sketch hanging up in the Lincoln Center Library that I did of Billie Joe Armstrong.