Many people aspire to get into show business and see their careers take off. For Gina Brooklyn, her years of hard work are paying off.
In 2020, the 20-year-old pop singer-songwriter submitted his single “No More Hiding” to a global online music competition called the Djooky Music Awards. Brooklyn won the first annual Djooky Competition, co-founded by Brian Malouf, who produced music for renowned talents such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Queen.
As the winner of the Djooky, Brooklyn was given a week-long trip to Los Angeles to write and record with Malouf. The trip was delayed for the Ohio native due to COVID-19, but Brooklyn eventually flew to the city to create its demo last month. She co-wrote two songs with her arranger, Kim Bullard, who has produced for many acts including Elton John. Brooklyn has also written songs with Jesse Munsat, mentee of producers John Ryan and Julian Bunetta. Both produced and wrote for One Direction, John Legend, Maroon 5 and Charlie Puth.
Brooklyn’s latest single ‘Selfish Air’ defines her overall dark, avant-pop sound, though her previous tracks are eclectic in style. Her voice is reminiscent of Lorde and Lana Del Rey.
“I’m inspired by all kinds of music and I love all kinds of music,” Brooklyn said. “It’s hard to put myself in a category I think. I am inspired by a lot of things stylistically, and it probably shows in my own music. ”
Brooklyn’s interest in music came from her musical and Catholic upbringing. She thinks it was God’s desire for her to be in the music business.
“I want to be this vessel of love and peace,” Brooklyn said. “My vocation is to do it through music. I make music because I care about people and want them to know the Creator. Living to serve is the most fulfilling and rewarding thing in general. “
Brooklyn first set out to be an actress, as well as a musical artist. She took the California High School Proficiency Examination, a test that allowed actors to work on sets without having a teacher, and passed the test to finish school early. From there she began to participate in many music competitions without much success.
Brooklyn released their eponymous EP (Extended Play) in 2016, which featured their American Tracks Music Awards winning song “Faceless”. “Beauty All Around,” another track from the EP, was nominated for “Best Pop Song” at the 2,018 RoundGlass Music Awards in New York City.
The following year, Brooklyn landed a two-year global publishing and distribution contract with Ingrooves Music Group. The label was then acquired by Universal Music Group.
Most of the music has since been taken off streaming platforms because it “didn’t really think it matched who I am now.”
In March 2019, Brooklyn uploaded their first self-produced song, “Butterfly,” to YouTube. Since then, she has amassed 7,000 subscribers on the platform.
“It’s so funny being able to look back at where I was musically compared to now,” Brooklyn said. “And I think it’s probably fun for the people who have followed me since, too.” We are constantly growing and changing every day, and I look back on yesterday and I can see the things I learned that day and apply them now. Being able to witness this from an outside perspective has to be really cool. “
Brooklyn said she also notices her own growth and evolution.
“For me personally, I think I’ve become more comfortable with myself and more confident in what I’m doing,” Brooklyn said. “Because of that, I’m not as worried or afraid to express myself as I want. I think a lot of people hold back because of respectability or fear, and that’s not always the best thing artistically.
She said she didn’t know where she would be next year or even the next few months because “not much is set in stone.”
Her initial plan was to release a five-song EP, but since working on music in Los Angeles, many new opportunities have presented themselves.
Brooklyn said she would like to be offered a contract for her demo but doesn’t know for sure.
In the future, Brooklyn would like to tour, grow their fan base, and write and produce for other people.
According to the singer, her faith helps her wait and see what the future holds. She said she trusted God will put her where she needs to be. And for this reason, she doesn’t like setting goals.
Brooklyn said she would allow God to guide the next steps in her career.
Gina’s latest single, “Selfish Air”, is now streaming on her Youtube channel. A trailer of his trip will air Wednesday at 8 a.m. CST.
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