But for a stroke of luck, she might not have auditioned at all.
Brooke explains that she auditioned for The Voice four years ago. She made it past the open call, but not the second round of auditions.
Ever since, she’d been trying to make a mark in music. She and her husband worked at a church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She sang there as much as possible.
In her free times, she picked up gigs at coffee shops, opening mic nights, casinos, anywhere she could “hoping my voice would be heard.”
“I never had any type of in with the music industry, so as far as what turns to take, what doors to knock on, I honestly — I was doing everything on my own.
“Then someone from The Voice reached out to an email address that I don’t use anymore. It’s a junk email. And they tried to
call a number that I don’t have anymore.
“Thank God it’s my dad’s number now and not just a number that belongs to Johnny No One.”
Because of that, she wound up getting the message she might not have otherwise. And decided to give The Voice another chance.
“It was just for a call back, not the blind auditions,” she told Voice Views. “I went into it thinking, ‘It’s going to be the same thing. I’ll go, and nothing will happen.’ Because that’s all I was used to.”
Ah, but this time was different. She wound up at the Season 13 blind auditions. Her cover of “Stone Cold” prompted all four judges to turn their chairs. Months later, she became the first-ever member of Team Miley Cyrus to make The Voice finals.
“Going back to February and looking at where my life is now, it’s drastically changed forever,” Brooke said. “Honestly, it felt like just the perfect time that God put (this opportunity) in my life.”
Brooke, 26, started singing with her parents’ traveling Mills Family Ministry as a child, but she’s never released music.
One of her post-Voice goals is to change that. And start booking shows, especially in her native North Carolina, Florida and the other areas where fans supported her most.
As for that future music …
“I always say I’m a happy girl writing sad songs. So a lot of my songs are going to be coming from real-life experiences, whether it’s through love, through heartbreak, through friendship. My biggest goal at any show I do, whether it’s 10 people or 10,000 people, I want people to be able to relate to my lyrics, be moved by them and, most of all, know they’re not alone in what they’re feeling.