ONE GIRL'S ADVENTURES IN FASHION, FOOD, BEAUTY and BEYOND
Carrie: Hi, Brooke! It’s so surreal that I have the opportunity to talk with you. Your performances on The Voice really resonated with me, not only because of your outstanding vocals but because of the raw emotion and soul that you poured into each song. How did you come to audition for the show?
Brooke: I actually auditioned for The Voice five years ago in Atlanta. I got a callback but didn’t get past that round. I didn’t audition again until the producers called me back four years later! They emailed an email I don’t use anymore and called a number that isn’t mine anymore until they finally got in touch with me. It was definitely destiny.
Carrie: Which singers inspire you?
Brooke: Growing up, my biggest influences were Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, the Spice Girls, and Cher. I loved Christina mainly for her voice. As for the Spice Girls, Britney, and Cher, I think I was mainly attracted to their rebellious personalities and freedom. But regardless, they were constantly on repeat. Now, I would say Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Julia Michaels inspire me. And I’m not gonna lie--I’m still pretty obsessed with early 2000’s Britney.
Carrie: Same, same. Haha. Now, back to talking about The Voice. How did your coach, Miley Cyrus, influence your performance and style?
Brooke: Working with her was amazing. She always pushed me to follow my gut because she thought I had good instincts. The only place we would really have conflict was clothing...lol. She was very hands-on in every area, including what I would wear. For the most part, I agreed with her and followed her direction, but it was very important to stay true to who I am.
Carrie: How is your heritage a factor in your style?
Brooke: Whether it’s a clothing item or an accessory, I love incorporating handmade items by members of my tribe or other tribes. Shedding a light on where I come from and my culture is very important to me.
Carrie: I love that! Did your style evolve when you were on the show? If yes, how so?
Brooke: It definitely evolved. Before ever going on the show, I had never worn high heels and sworn that I would never perform in them. But low and behold, I did! I also wore more “girly” things than I thought I would.
Carrie: What was your favorite look that you wore on the show?
Brooke: My Knockout look was my fave! It was very me. (She stunned in a blue and yellow checkerboard jumpsuit paired with a leather jacket with an embroidered flower on it).
Carrie: When it comes to shopping, where are some of your top places to buy your clothes? Do you have any fave designers?
Brooke: I shop a lot at Zara, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and Topshop. My favorite designer is Balenciaga; I would love to shop there, although my bank account disagrees.
Carrie: Haha. I also wanted to know who your style icons are.
Brooke: Rihanna, Halsey, Miley Cyrus (mainly in her Bangerz era), and SZA.
Carrie: Ooh, I love them all. Let’s switch gears to beauty for a sec. Did your hair and makeup stay cohesive while you were on The Voice or did you experiment?
Brooke: For the most part, I think it was pretty consistent. But makeup is the one area I wish I experimented with more.
Carrie: Since this interview is drawing to a close, I have to know: do you have any future plans?!
Brooke: Yes, tons of them. Right now, I’m just trying to book shows left and right, but there is also the possibility of new music in the works. And other fun things!
Carrie: I can’t wait to hear the new music! Where can readers follow you on social media so they can hear about everything you’re up to?
Brooke: My Instagram and Facebook are both @brookesimpsonofficial. My Twitter and Snapchat are both @brookesimpson. My website is www.brookesimpsonofficial.com and my YouTube is www.youtube.com/brookesimpson.
Carrie: Awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me, Brooke!
"This or That" with Brooke Simpson:
A ballad or an upbeat song?
My mood or emotions heavily affect this answer but as of right now, upbeat.
High heels or sneakers?
Lipstick or lip gloss?
Like the first question, my mood effects this answer but as of right now, lip gloss.
Sephora or Ulta Beauty?
I guess Sephora…but can drug store be an option? Haha.
New York or Los Angeles?
I love both, but I have to go with LA.