Everywhere you look nowadays
you will see them. On the pop charts, on the rap charts, the R&B/Soul
charts even the country charts. I'm referring to the 'sexy chaunteuse'
singer. From Britney to Christina
to Beyonce to Ashanti,
the new breed of young female singers to hit the charts seem to
find a home for themselves and so seems to be the fate for newcomer
The Houston native has arrived
on the music scene with the bit between her teeth, almost bullish
in some respect. The young lady serves as co-writer of her entire
debut album - 'Chain Letter'
which was completed in just four months.
Her start though not unusual
was direct. She started out early at the age of 10 where she would
sing with her schoolmates during recess. This would give her the
belief that she can indeed sing and would take it to heart with
more interest. Brooke, the eldest of 3 in her family went full
throttle to make her dream a reality and her grandmother played
a big part. She would put her on the spot at Sunday church where
she would sing solo. 'I would sit at the vback of the church trying
to hide and just when I thought I'd gotten through the service
without her calling on me to sing 'His
Eye is on the Sparrow' she'd always call me up' says
the smiling Brooke.
At 14, she met an up and
coming producer Deja who saw that she had talent and teamed her
with BSK (Best
Kept Secret) a duo that he was producing at the time.
The trio would perform together for the next four years until
graduation but then they went on seperate career paths but Brooke
stuck to her guns and she and Deja would continue on. They would
relocate to Los Angeles in 2002 and started shopping around her
demo and got that 'lucky break' that same year when Deja gave
the demo to a Virgin executive.
The track on display today
is the dance floor groover 'As long as
you come home'. Sampling Dynasty's
'Adventures in the Sound of Music'
as it's backbone, the song sees Brooke get into the groove of
things with breathy vocals and sultry undertones. Straight forward
production is evident and the beat is the wheels that drive the
song home as most will certainly nod their head to this. The song
is not the best you've ever heard but it gets it's point across.
A good and solid effort from
Ms. Valentine and as with most of the young singers out there
now on their debuts, it's the strongest of a couple of song on
the set that shines. Would love to see her work on better material
rather than the here and now - A TY-D
Listen to Brooke
Valentine - 'As
long as you come home'