Brand new pop recording star, songwriter, dancer and violinist Brielle has unleash her newest video “Ought to Be” from her debut self-titled album, which she is about to release. Besides her musical talent, her expertise extends to the world of fashion design, as she also attended, the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Brielle has performed the National Anthem at Citi Field for The Mets and at Madison Square Garden for the NCAA National Basketball Championship. She has made the Billboard charts several times, and spent 26 weeks on various charts including MTV and VH1.
She is smart, talented and beautiful, possessing the whole package to take over the world. Get Out! was able to talk to Brielle about her songs, her inspirations and her future intentions. I found her candid, fun and really sweet.
How old were you when you started to sing?
I have been singing my whole entire life. I was in my first musical when I was 4 years old. I got signed to a record company when I was 15. I started writing music shortly before that.
Why did you decide to be a part of the music industry?
Oh dear, that is a question I’ve been wondering myself.
That’s a good answer actually.
I actually sang before I talked. I was 6 months old in December of ‘95 and started singing “Dashing through the snow…” Those were my first words. I’ve always gotten up in front of my friends and family and put on shows, sang and known that I wanted to be a singer, a performer. I was on the stage for the first time in dance when I was 2, and always, always said I wanted to be a performer when I grew up. My parents were like, “You’re smart, why don’t you become a doctor or a lawyer?” I didn’t care; I knew what I wanted. I was aware of how difficult it was from the stories I’d heard. I was ready to take it on, no matter what it cost. It’s something I’ve always wanted.
You look like you have a great time performing. You are pretty, full of energy. What do you like best about performing live?
I love being able to share with other people. I could sing my whole entire life by myself, in my living room, and it would be cool. That’s fun, but being able to share emotions and love with other people is really precious I think.
Do you feel like the words to your songs are like a lifeline for people you might never meet?
Yeah, I do. I feel that way because with artists that I listened to my whole life, their words were like a lifeline to me. When writing my music I’m expressing what’s going on inside my brain, and things that are happening inside me as well. It may relate to people I don’t even know, that I may never meet, and it may relate to people in ways I’ve never dreamed of. Everyone can take one song and apply it to their own life.
Who were your inspirations growing up? Who did you listen to on the radio?
My very first inspiration ever was Justin Timberlake. When I was 5 years old, I cried when he cut his hair. He was my first idol. Until today I’m a huge fan of his. I admire the strategy that he’s taken with his career. He’s gotten into acting and comedy and so many other things.
What motivates you to write a song?
I write every single day whether I’m inspired or not. My dad actually taught me that amateurs write when they are inspired, but professionals write no matter what. I literally write every day. When I have conversations, and I hear something that sounds good, I write it down. I bring it up later. A lot of times I start with a topic that’s premeditated, but it always turns into something that’s in my heart. I might not know it at the time. It’s kind of a therapy for me. It allows me to learn more about what’s going on in my life, whether I took the inspiration from my life or not.
Let’s talk about your new song and video, “Ought to Be.” What is it about? What was on your mind?
When you look around, and you’re where you’re suppose to be, it’s that rare moment when things are calm and peaceful. In my video, I’m really kind of partying with all my friends, which it really was a fun party with all my friends, and that is my definition of how it “ought to be.” But the lyrics bring your own definition of how it “ought to be.” I took inspiration from being around my film crew, and back when I was filming the video for “Rocket,” it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Everyone I worked with are still my best friends. They inspired me to write “Ought To Be.”
I think that you are very creative, so if you were a new addition to a crayon box, what color would you be?
I like that. OK, I am one of those limited edition crayons that has more than one color. If you look at the tip of the crayon, there’s four sections. One section is super glittery silver. One section is a smokey olive green, and then another section is like a pinky skin color with a little bit of shimmer in it, like the NARS makeup color called orgasm. The fourth color is a smokey, velvety, dark purple, almost black.
It sounds like Jeffree Star’s new line of makeup. So if you could pick two celebrities to be your parents, who would you choose?
I would pick Marilyn Monroe as my mom. OK, I’m struggling. I wanna say Elvis for my dad, but something is telling me that maybe there is a better option. I’m going to go with Elvis right now.
Those are two amazing choices. Is there anything else that you would like to say or promote for yourself?
My first, debut album is coming out June 3 titled “Brielle.” I’m super excited about it. My song “Rocket” right now is in the final round of the International Songwriting Contest. I’m so excited. “Rocket” will be on the album. Also a song that I wrote called “Catwalk” will be on the album, and that is a song where I took “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash, and me and my friend Billy rewrote it and incorporated it into fashion. I went to school for fashion design. We got clearance from the two guys from The Clash. I love that song, and it’s also going to be on the album.
Do you plan a tour?
I would absolutely love to. It’s my next, largest personal goal.
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