‘Catch of the Day’ – Brooke Eden – “Act Like You Don’t” [AUDIO]
Today our feature turns to an artist who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and raised in Loxahatchee, who started writing songs when she was just four years old. An artist who has been named to several "ones to watch" lists, including Nash Country Weekly, People Magazine, Spotify and CMT.
Brooke Eden has come up through the music business the tough way, playing in clubs and learning the secrets of songwriting before entering her teenage years. She would sit in with her father's band, keeping the rhythm before she could even walk. By age five she would join her dad's band on stage, singing for crowds and knowing early on it was what she wanted to do with her life.
In 2008 Brooke auditioned for season 7 of American Idol, and while she feels she learned a lot about the music industry from her short experience on the show, she was not invited to Hollywood. Undeterred, she took the rejection as the "kick in the butt" she needed, realizing that the road to your dreams is not always smooth. Eden says the experience help to thicken her skin and teach her to take criticism, even if it is harsh.
After her Idol experience, Brooke decided to go back to school and study music. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2011. While attending UF, she was asked to perform at the "Gator Growl", the world's largest student-run pep rally, opening for legendary Florida rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. During her college years and beyond, she performed across the state of Florida, opening for Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson and others.
In 2016, Billboard Magazine called Eden "a star in the making" and Spotify placed her debut single "Diamonds" on its "New Boots" playlist, and early 2017 found her as part of Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa concert series. Following up on that momentum, she is back with the follow-up from her debut EP Welcome To The Weekend. The project's second single is in our spotlight today. Brooke Eden and "Act Like You Don't" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.