Brooke White was born on June 2, 1983 at Mesa, AZ but now resides in Hollywood, CA. She has worked as a nanny in the past and was also part of a band where she fronted. Prior to "American Idol," she released an album in 2006 entitled "Songs…more
Since Brooke and her husband lived in Hollywood, he allowed families of the other contestants to stay at their house during the competition.
She was eliminated from the seventh season of American Idol on April 30, 2008, garnering 5th place.
If she could sing in any venue, she would sing in the Kodak Theater, the Hollywood Bowl or her living room.
She wish she could have met her grandpa who passed away before she was born.
If she had 24 hours to do whatever she wanted she would: hang out with family, play games and eat steak on a yacht.
She thinks her edge on American Idol is not being edgy.
Her advice to future American Idol contestants is to be themselves.
The happiest moments in her life were getting married, making it to the top 24 of American Idol and when her mom made her eggs benedict for her birthday.
She draws inspiration from living and loving.
The first concert she ever attended was that of Phil Collins.
She plans to differentiate herself on American Idol by being herself.
If she could change one thing about herself, she would like to not worry too much.
She was intrigued by Blake Lewis's arrangements during his performances on American Idol.
The toughest obstacle in her life is overcoming her confidence issues.
She went to beauty school, but left halfway through because she got into singing.
Making it to the top 24 of American Idol is one of her proudest moments in life.
If she wasn't good in singing, she would like to be athletic or good in math.
Her husband isn't going to cut his hair until she gets eliminated from American Idol.
List of Songs Sung on American Idol:
February 20, 2008 - Happy Together by The Turtles
February 27, 2008 - You're So Vain by Carly Simon
March 5, 2008 - Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
March 11, 2008 - Let it Be by The Beatles
March 18, 2008 - Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
March 25, 2008 - Every Breath You Take by The Police
April 1, 2008 - Jolene by Dolly Parton
April 8, 2008 - You've Got a Friend by James Taylor
April 15, 2008 - Hero by Brooke White
April 22, 2008 - You Must Love Me by Andrew Lloyd Webber
April 29, 2008 - I'm a Believer by Neil Diamond
April 29, 2008 - I Am I Said by Neil Diamond
April 30, 2008 - I Am I Said by Neil Diamond (Eliminated)
Two of her goals in life are to raise a family and to share her music with the world.
She thinks her friends wouldn't be surprised to any album she owns because she listens to nearly everything.
Her rituals before performing are praying, drinking lots of water and doing a little dance.
Her musical influences are James Taylor, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Eagles, America, Carly Simon, Bee Gees, Hall & Oats, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Phil Collins.
She started singing at around 15 or 16 at a high school play.
Other than singing, she is also very talented in drawing, decorating, music, doing hair and beautifying.
She has only had a little formal singing training because she claims that she isn't really very technical when it comes to singing.
Quote: Shower the people you love with love!
Male Pop Star: Beach Boys, James Taylor, John Mayer, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates, Bee Gees, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Eagles.
Female Pop Stars: Carly Simon, Carole King, Carpenters, Fleetwood Mac, Feist, Bonnie Raitt, The Supremes, and Joni Mitchell.
American Idol: Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson
Brooke: (on when she would cut her husband's hair considering he pledged to never cut it until she left "American Idol") He just said "whenever you get around to it." So, yeah, I'll be the one cutting it but I'm not sure when that's going to happen. We'll have to pencil it in there sometime. I'm sure it will be at 3AM sometime.
Brooke: (on if the contestants of her season of "American Idol" had a leg up) The boys are awfully popular this year and I know that because their fan mail came in great, humongous stacks and the girls got like three a day. You know, the boys are very talented and very charming -- oh, to be a boy this year. It probably would have been helpful [laughs]. They're great, but so were the girls. You know I gotta give them all props, they've all been so good.
Brooke: (on what she was planning to sing for rock 'n' roll week on "American Idol") I was thinking of singing 'Help Me' by Joni Mitchell. Love her. I spoke to Carly Simon on the phone this morning during an interview. It was amazing. She was incredibly supportive. She was very generous in her comments. It really gave me inspiration to go in the direction I'm going -- the singer/songwriters of the '70s. I connect with what they do. I hope I can make that happen in 2008 in a more modern [way].
Brooke: (on how she felt after surviving the week when she forgot the lyrics on "American Idol") I don't know if guilt is the right word. I was grateful and this show is very interesting. The voting process is very interesting, so you never know what's going to happen. You take what you can get. I was grateful for people seeing past my mistake and I did my very best. I emotionally connected with the song and gave it everything I had.
Brooke: (on her reaction to Paula's judging snafu on "American Idol") You know what? It's live television, anything could happen. Last week, I stopped and restarted my song. [They're] just human moments that happen on the show. I don't know exactly what happened with Paula. But stuff happens on the show and when it's live, things can change very quickly. They kind of decided in the middle of the show to change something. And I'm sure she just kind of got lost in the moment. She's a good-hearted woman and we just move on.
Brooke: (on how she dealt with the nerves on "American Idol") I don't know if we really have a choice. You totally think you are sinking and it's like "OK, swim!" You've got to. You realize you're here and you have to make the best of it. The pressure is so incredibly difficult but you know what? I was here to do my absolute best and be as truthful to myself as possible, and ... I think I was able to do that.
Brooke: (on how much she struggled with her confidence when she was on "American Idol") I was very honest and open about that struggle that I have. It escalated at times on 'Idol' and other times I felt like I had a better handle on it. It was very much a roller coaster ride. Tuesday, I relt a resurgence of confidence that I hadn't felt in a long time ... and even though I went home, it was wonderful to leave on that note. Finding that inner confidence is something that is definitely been a struggle for me, but I'm learning and I'm growing and 'Idol' definitely helped me work on that.
Brooke: (on if she is relieved to be off "American Idol") Yes and no. Part of me wanted to keep going. Song selection and the pressure has really increased with two songs and preparing for the finale. So in that sense, it does feel kind of good to be done with that, but I was welcoming the challenge as well.
Brooke: (on what was going through her head when she was eliminated from "American Idol") Everything. I anticipated it in a way. It was in my gut. I felt so grateful and happy and -- boom! -- it hit me. This is done. It's over. The finality of that phase of the experience being over was sad. [There was] fear of going back into the real world. It was emotional and I hoped so much I could have been stronger. I'm an emotional girl and I'm passionate, and I guess that really came across on stage because I felt really vulnerable every time.
Brooke: I don't like sandwiches, I don't like sandwiches at all and I think I'm, the only person in the world that doesn't like sandwiches, which means most of my life, I've had a hard time deciding what I'm going to eat for lunch.
Brooke: Well, probably one of my most embarrassing moments on stage was probably when I found out I was in the top 24from previous, I broke down, I just totally had a very emotional moment you know, the camera was on me and I was just crying uncontrollably and trying to like bury my head in the wall, it was kinds of embarrassing. And I've said some pretty goofy things on stage before and I like watched back and I think, "Oh Brooke that was awful, why did you say that?" Actually almost every time I watch a performance that I did; I'm totally embarrassed by something that I said or like a goofy dance move or something.
Brooke: I'm not one for trying interesting foods; I'm actually one to stick to the safe stuff. I absolutely love food; it's probably my most favorite thing of all, but I haven't really tried very many interesting things; I would say the weirdest thing I've ever eaten, for me is sushi and I didn't like it, so that's one of those you know, I came to L.A. and everybody eats sushi, but me, so sushi was the weirdest thing and it's not that weird.
Brooke: The most interesting job that I've ever had I've to say is probably being a nanny. To be with babies from the time they're pretty much born, they're one year old now and to see them grow, it's really quite remarkable you know, they change so fast and they have their own little personalities and going for walks and changing diapers and hanging out and playing is actually fairly interesting believe it or not, so I've enjoyed that and I sold shoes for a year and that was interesting because I was selling shoes to women and that was probably one of the toughest jobs I've ever done.
Brooke: My family has been such a huge part for me in getting this far musically. I grew up in a family where we just adore music, we didn't really watch a lot of TV, we listened to music. We had a record player where we would listen to a lot of records, we had an old jukebox in our backyard, it was really old, we used to listen to that and jump on the trampoline. I think my parents just exposed me to so many kinds of music, primarily like '70s like singer-song-writer, just amazing songs, that was the stuff I grew up on and they just never discouraged me from pursuing it, from trying it. My dad since I was young would always tell me I had a nice voice, but not until I was a teenager did I start to sing, but they've never tried to stop me, if anything it's been the contrary, anytime I said I wanted to do something else they were like, "Well, are you sure you don't wanna do more musically?" And I'm really fortunate that way you know.
Brooke: I guess I'm blond like Carrie Underwood, but I don't sing like her. I don't know who I would be most like as far as American Idol contestants go. I think part of the reason I've always been hesitant to try out is because I've never really been able to, I haven't really seen somebody who, not that I'm that unique or anything, I don't think that, but I always think that I was more of a singer-song-writer than a vocalist and I don't have the biggest vocal range, but I make the most of this, though probably more sort of like Taylor Hicks in that sense, but not really, does that make sense?
Brooke: My favorite performer would probably be, a tossup, I love everything, I love so many artists probably it would be between James Taylor and Carol King, they're probably 2 of my very most favorites, they're just amazing and they lent a lot of inspiration to me for sure.
Brooke: If I don't become the next American Idol, I definitely want to be a mom, I think that's the next thing on my list to do. I'm a nanny right now and I really enjoy children and I grew up with brothers and sisters or brother and sister and I can definitely see myself having kids and really enjoying it and I'll keep doing music, writing, playing 'cuz I love it, it's what I love to do.
Brooke: I love anything artsy, you know, I love to draw, that's one of my first, I think. The first thing I thought I was good at was drawing and I started getting into hair when I was 11 years old. My mom went to the hospital to have my little brother and I cut my little sister's hair like Dorothy Hamil, it was a really terrible haircut, but I actually never stopped, so I got into doing hair and interior decorating and anything that's kinda' right-brained.
Brooke: I started singing when I was about 15 years old. I actually auditioned for our high school musical, which was Meet Me in St. Louis. Hoping for a chorus part maybe, I never really sang before and was actually was fairly frightened, you know, being on stage, performing, and I actually ended up getting the lead role so it kinda' was the beginning. It just didn't really stop after that, so about 15 or 16 I think.
Brooke: I was very overwhelmed to find out I was in the top 24. It was a group of very, very talented people. It was, nobody felt safe I think, in that room when we were waiting, so we weren't sure who was gonna stay and who was gonna go and it was emotional; you meet people and make friends and it's hard to see people go and exciting to be a part of the final 24. It was totally overwhelming and exciting and very, very awesome.