Country music in Australia is currently growing in popularity, largely due to the crop of younger artists like Brooke Schubert who are bringing fresh new sounds that appeal to wider audiences.

Brooke Schubert was only 10 years old when she first took to the stage, singing in-front of an audience of 25,000. Since then she has forged on to make a name for herself as an Alt Country artist and in 2014, she was handpicked by Australian country music legend Keith Urban to perform alongside him at seven shows during his Light the Fuse tour. In 2017, Brooke performed for millions of Australian viewers as a contestant on The Voice. 2018 was another stellar year for Schubert as she got a band together and performed at some major music festivals and she has a whole lot more in store for 2019.

We recently caught up with Brooke to chat about her career highlights to date, her musical influences and what she has in store for 2019.

MTT: For those who haven’t heard your music before, who would you compare your sound to?

Brooke: A cross between Lady Gaga and Sheryl Crow. I’m all for a powerful female voice.

MTT: As a country girl, who were some of your biggest music influences growing up?

Brooke: The harmonies of Vika and Linda, the songwriting of Graeme Connors and the vocal of John Farnham.

MTT: Haha, that’s quite a mixed selection! How have they changed as you’ve grown up?

Brooke: I listen to all of them still to revisit my grass roots. I think it’s important to remember where you come from.

MTT: Is your family musical, did that have an influence on your passion for music?

Brooke: Yes! My mum used to sing and gig all around Gympie, my Aunt was an opera singer who travelled the world and even was apart of the 12th Night Theatre Company, and my great grandmother recorded her own record in the 1930s.

MTT: Wow, music is certainly in your blood! You now have two young sons, do they sing or play any instruments?

Brooke: Yes, my 6 year old is learning to harmonize and I’m teaching him guitar. He’s obsessed with Michael Jackson. My 3 year old is all about AC/DC and is convinced he is going to be their drummer. I think he’s missed the boat on that one though!

MTT: How do you balance your music career with your homelife and being a mum?

Brooke: I’m so blessed that I’m able to be home during the week to hold down the fort then work weekends. My husband flys in and out so we are always juggling, but isn’t everyone!?

Brook’s Plans for 2019:

Brooke Schubert has a lot in store for fans in 2019. “I’m looking forward to many roadtrips this year. I’m kicking off the year by heading out to Winton for the Way Out West Fest.”

Brooke has also been announced as a brand ambassador for Hometown Fest, Brisbane’s newest music festival experience taking place at the RNA Showgrounds in November 2019.

Fans can also expect new music on the way as well, with the release of her latest single ‘Here I Am’ which is dropping in March. Schubert says fans can expect a real Sheryl Crow vibe from the song which was co-written by Nashville singer/songwriters Heather Morgan and Skip Black. Follow Brooke on Facebook and Instagram to hear her new music.

Fast Facts about Brooke:

  • First album ever purchased: Santana – Supernatural
  • First live concert or performance: Lee Kernaghan and Gina Jeffries in 1995.
  • Favorite live show or performance: Bonnie Raitt at Bluesfest. I cried through the whole thing. She’s my hero.
  • First song ever performed live: Tina Arena – ‘Heaven help my heart’
  • First venue performed live at: The Moranbah Country Music Grounds.
  • Favorite Australian venue played at so far: Rod Laver Arena
  • Favorite artists of 2018: Cardi B
  • Favorite song from 2018: ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born.
  • Biggest career highlight to date: Touring with Keith Urban!
  • Go-to party song: Beyonce – ‘Formation’
  • Go-to love song: Carrie Underwood – ‘Heartbeat’
  • Go-to breakup song: Maren Morris – ‘I could use a love song’
  • Go-to rainy day song: Keith Urban – ‘Raining on Sunday’
  • Go-to wedding song: Keith Urban – ‘Making memories of us’

Thanks Brooke! We can’t wait to see all that you’ll achieve in 2019!