Caroline Brooks: Question and Answer

caroline brooks, recording artist, musician, singer

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing recording artist, and rising star, Caroline Brooks. We had a fun day of shooting in the Hollywood Hills and turned out some beautiful images for Caroline to use on her site, singles, social media, and press releases. Recently Caroline took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions I threw her way…

What inspires you to write music?  Interesting conversations, love, relationships, anything profound that strikes a nerve with the emotions.

Top five albums?  1) Michael Jackson – Thriller  2) Beatles – Abbey Road  3) Adele – 21  4) Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison  5) Paul Simon – Graceland

When was the moment you knew you wanted to be musician/songwriter?  I’ve loved writing songs  and have wanted to be an artist/songwriter since I was 7. I made a conscious decision to go all-in to pursue it professionally in 2006.

Who would you bet on in a fight:  Stevie Nicks or Joan Jett?  Joan Jett! She seems like she’d fight dirty.

If you could time travel, where would you go?  On the set of the 1926 film The Great Gatsby. This was the first filmed version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel while he was still alive. I have an obsession with the 20s era and The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books.

caroline brooks, recording artist, singer, los angeles, texas

Worst 9 to 5 job you’ve ever had?  I’ve only had one 9 to 5 job, and it was actually not bad… I think the worst job I’ve ever had, in general, was working as a hostess at Saddle Ranch on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. It was my first job in LA, and it was the only place at the time that was hiring. It was part of my job to walk up to drunk old men and ask if they wanted to ride our mechanical bull. You can guess how classy the responses were.

Favorite place to eat in LA?  Does fast food count? I’ll just save myself some dignity and say The Alcove in Los Feliz. It’s nothing crazy fancy, but the food is always fresh, delicious, and they have a lot of great organic options. I love eating on their garden patio. The atmosphere is pretty low-key and the vintage decor is beautiful.

Hometown?  Tyler, TX

Other than family and friends, what do you miss most from your hometown?  Fried okra and southern hospitality. Relationships and hospitality seem to be more of a priority in the south; I miss the feeling of comraderie that comes from it.

Caroline Brooks - IN Magazine Cover, Photo by Scott Witter
Caroline Brooks – IN Magazine Cover, Photo by Scott Witter

Caroline and I certainly have a lot in common: Thriller, Johnny Cash, 20’s era, The Alcove, and especially… fried okra. Thanks Caroline! Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter, as well as checking out her latest music video for “Tomorrow, Tonight” which just won best Pop-Rock Music Video at the Akademia Music Awards.

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