E! News: Before we get into the music, I wonder if you wouldn’t mind talking a little about your journey to this point. I’m excited to see what it is like to be on your way to accepting yourself as we all in the LGBTQ community do as you embark on a music career. Can you tell me a little bit about how it was that way here?
Brooke Eden: Well, the first time I went on a radio tour, which was about five years ago, I met Hilary, my love, in the first week. The very first week I embarked on the career path I’d worked all my life happened to be exactly when I met Hillary. The first time I went around doing a radio tour and giving interviews, it was just horrible. It was so hard because I was discouraged from talking about our relationship and I’m basically an all-or-nothing person. I’m an open book or I’m a robot – and I have nothing in between. So I was a robot on this tour. I had to pay attention to my pronouns all the time. And it was just a really hard way of life.
About two and a half years after that music cycle, I got really, really sick and almost passed out on stage. Basically, my body shut down because of the external pressures in my life. It just went through my body. And when a doctor tells you, “Hey, you have to get off the street so you can heal your body, or there is a high chance you won’t make it by next year,” there is a pretty big wake-up call. Your sanity is your health, and if I was not being true to myself it would affect not only my sanity, mental and emotional, but also my physical health.
I knew that if I ever wanted to make music again, I had to do it to be all of myself and completely authentic. So I just got completely off the road and started writing music that I wanted to write. My record label was bought out by BMG, and BMG is just that amazing record label that is so comprehensive and so much love and acceptance.
You really encouraged me to be myself and to be myself as an artist and a person. And that really allowed me to write this music and also, you know, to go on this full journey of self-love and self-acceptance. I just knew that this time when I released this music I knew that it was time to be myself and also a time to just be in this genre that is so little represented to the LGBTQ + community to have some visibility.