‘American Idol’ season seven finalist Brooke White dropped by the Gibson Room at NAMM 2009, doing an impromptu performance of Carly Simon’s 1972 single ‘You’re So Vain’ on a Gibson Hummingbird. Before performing, White talked about getting in trouble with ‘Idol’ producers after using Michael Johns’ Gibson guitar performing ‘You’re So Vain’ on the FOX show, switching guitars after she did a soundcheck.
“Michael Johns has a Gibson, like a vintage Songwriter, and when I was doing ‘You’re So Vain’, I had my guitar,” Brooke explained. “He said, ‘No, you’ve gotta play my guitar’. He’s like ‘it’s the perfect guitar for this song and for you’. Actually there was a big uproar about it because after soundcheck, I switched the guitars. Being an idiot I just didn’t think about it. So I get out there and everyone that was doing lights, everyone was like, ‘That’s not the same guitar you’re playing’. No. I totally got in trouble, not really in trouble, but they’re like you can’t just switch your instruments last minute. I ended up playing a vintage Songwriter, it’s beautiful. That’s what I played ‘You’re So Vain’ on.”
Watch her comments and performance below.
Brooke White checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@brookewhite) on Tuesday (December 30), reflecting on 2008 and discussing her plans for 2009. The ‘American Idol’ season seven finalist tells readers:
There is one more day left in the year 2008…. absolutely unbelievable. I think it is safe to say this has been one of the most, if not the most eventful year of my life. In some ways it’s hard to believe that the last 364 days have come and gone as quickly as it seemed, and it other ways, it seems like certain parts of it were ages ago. It was just around this time last year that we were quite literally gearing up to do the show… all the feelings of anxiousness, anticipation, trepidation and excitement of what was to come. Wow, it’s a good thing I had no idea, maybe I would have backed out, as there is nothing that can adequately prepare you for that experience. However that being said, I would definitely do it again if I had to. It was fun, and it was hard. Now I think about those people who are about to embark on that journey, I certainly wish them well and give them this bit of encouragement… hang on.
Brooke White had to hand back over a piano she had been keeping at her home for a friend, but before it left her house, she performed on it one last time.
“Good morning everybody, it’s bright and early,” Brooke said. “Forgive me, I just rolled out of bed. Today is kind of sad. Someone is coming to pick up this piano that I’ve had in my living room for four years. It’s really old and it’s kind of beat up, but I was taking care of it for someone that didn’t have a place for it for awhile, and now they need it back, so I decided I’d play one last song on it.”
Watch the ‘American Idol’ season seven finalist performing ‘Piano Goodbye…’ below.
Brooke White posted a video blog while she was in New York City on her MySpace TV channel. The ‘American Idol’ season seven finalist was there to do “some music stuff” and writing some songs, adding that she can’t wait for fans to hear them. Brooke said it’s been raining while she was there, so she’s been wearing a hat – which she then messed around with.
“I am actually in the Big Apple right now, New York City,” White said. “I flew in about 2 AM last night on the red eye, and I’m here doing some music stuff. Writing songs tomorrow, which is gonna be cool. I’ve been writing songs and it’s been great. Really good experience for me.”
Watch the clip via MySpace below.
Brooke White checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@brookewhite) on Thursday (November 13), talking about her experience on ‘American Idol’ and the difficulties with many people having an opinion about her and reading about it online, or handling the media. White tells readers:
After I was eliminated I was immediately thrown into the media machine and had the experience of doing “press”… lots and lots of press. This was quite interesting and eye opening for me, I have mentioned this several times, but during the show I kept myself in a bubble, away from TV, Radio and the internet… no reading the articles, the blogs, the forums or “Googling” of my name… this was a big no no for me. Again, in the beginning, after giving into the temptation or curiosity, wondering what people were thinking, you learn quickly that yes indeed EVERYONE has an opinion… and while some of those opinions are good, some of them are not. In fact that are beyond “not good” there are those that can be very hurtful, hateful and malicious… of someone they don’t even REALLY know. Or even if they are good, too much of that could cause your head to spin and get you a little too high. Let me tell you friends, it is scary to become the object of so many peoples opinion. That is why I decided to not go looking for it… if I wanted to hold on to who I am and stay entirely true to me! Obviously there was a small circle of people, who I trust, respect and listen to… whose opinions stem from honesty and love. So when I did my interviews there were reporters that would ask questions such as “How did it feel to be pegged ‘the emotional one’?” or “I noticed you often interrupted the judges, why is that?” and so on and so on. Hearing these things for the first time was definitely news to me, and was also the first time I had ever come to realization with any of it… maybe if I went back and “watched the tape” I would have stopped interrupting Simon and say “it’s okay” a million times, I really never meant to:).
I guess what I am trying to say is that, the entire time I was on American Idol, or off… I was completely myself… perhaps to a fault. Beyond preparing for performances I reacted to each situation on the spot, with out pre-meditation or strategy. Was I perfect, heck no, never… I always joked that if there was anything strange or awkward that could happen on the show, it happened to me! But there are moments that I have questioned if it’s a good idea to be so vulnerable when I am also so sensitive and soft… still no thick skin. But I want to be the first to confess to the world that I know I’m not perfect, somehow I find it’s liberating, I think it’s calms expectations and makes room for whats real. There isn’t much mysteriousness here, so I probably won’t make a great rockstar:)
Brooke White updated fans with ten random facts on her blog at MySpace (@brookewhite) on Saturday (October 18). The ‘American Idol’ season seven finalist writes:
1.) I have issues with Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip… and Sour Cream…or tuna… MAJOR issues.
2.) This is my favorite temperature: 78 degrees… I do not like hot, I do not like cold, I like 78 degrees:)
3.) I have wrinkly hands and feet :(… but they work! YAY!:)
4.) I enjoy symmetry, HOWEVER I also enjoy imperfection… So I guess you could say I enjoy Symmetrical Imperfection.
Johnjay and Rich of 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix hung out with Brooke White from ‘American Idol’ in the studio on Friday (October 3). White talked about the transition post ‘Idol’ and the tour, the close relationship she has with her parents, the new ‘Idol’ judge Kara – she liked the idea of having her on the show, being a “worker bee” kid who babysitted a lot – including for the twins of ‘The Biggest Loser’ winner, and more. They also got Brooke on the piano to perform a few hits of the past, including some Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, and Elton John.
The interview audio at johnjayandrich.1047kissfm.com has since been removed.
Brooke White checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@brookewhite) on Sunday (September 28) after wrapping up the American Idols Live Tour 2008 and returning home to Hollywood. White writes:
Well it was two weeks ago today that I was sitting on an airplane that departed from Tulsa, Oklahoma, anxiously looking out of the window as we flew over Laurel Canyon just moments before landing in Burbank, California. As we touched down on the runway I could hardly believe it was true. Could I really be home?!? I walked down the steps from the plane into the warm California sunshine and just as a nice breeze passed by and blew my hair around… I through my hands in the air let out a big “YAY!!!!” No words could describe my happiness at the moment… kind of like Christmas Morning… Kind of like walking down Main street at Disneyland with a churro in hand… Kind of like eating Eggs Benedict on my birthday kind of happiness. Maybe this means nothing to you, but basically I’m trying to say it was indeed very joyful… as well as I walked to baggage claim to see Dave just smiling there in his church clothes all ready to pick me up and take me home. I rolled down the windows in the car and turned up the radio… amazing!
Brooke White checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@brookewhite) on Friday (August 22). “Just wanted to update y’all about something kinda fun, I just received this photo of my first magazine cover, from the editor of Eliza Magazine,” the ‘American Idol’ season seven finalist said. “She said it was completely cool to put it up here on myspace before it releases as next month’s Fall Issue. Eliza Magazine is a gorgeous magazine dedicated to modest high fashion as well as other interesting and relevant topics, I love it because it is SO classy. As you can imagine I was so excited when they asked me to be apart of the Fall Issue, I had a great experience on the shoot… the clothes were very fall-ish…lovely and feminine, the photographer (Angela Pierce) is amazing, and then I just recently caught up with Gretta for the interview while I’ve been on the road.”
Brooke White checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@brookewhite) on Friday (August 16) while on the American Idols Live 2008 tour. The 25-year-old writes:
I’ve been longing to blog, but I have been lacking internet Access and sufficient time and energy to sit down and dig in… well tonight’s the night, as I just enjoyed a productive and semi relaxing day off here in Lexington, Kentucky. My first time to Kentucky by the way, I did not know what to expect, but it was rather lovely. I wasn’t sure what there was to do around here, so after taking care of business for the first part of the day, Ramiele, Syesha and I decided to make our way to our trusty stand by, the mall. Sounds exciting right… well actually it might not have been exciting but we did have a very interesting cab ride, the driver was quite the character, like straight out of a movie, I wish I could explain but I don’t think I can, LOL:) Any who, we got to see how green this place is, lots of trees and very pleasant weather for a summer day!
So we made our way around the mall at a snail’s pace, as we often get stopped about every two feet and get asked that familiar question… “Are y’all from American Idol?” It’s funny because my appearance is generally not what gives me away, but the not so subtle speaking voice… people ALWAYS say “I recognized your voice”. I guess I’ve never been able to disguise my voice, even when I was a kid I would attempt to trick my friends on the phone and try to pretend to be someone else, and sure enough I would always get “C’mon Brooke, I know it’s you”. Any way today I decided to give my skin a break and go make-up free and opted for the comfortable flat shoes today (it’s my day off) which then usually prompts “you look different” and “you’re much smaller than you look on TV”… and then I say “yep:)” which then is almost always followed by “do you mind if we can take a picture”, then usually causing a domino effect, with one picture turning into multiple pictures with every person in the surrounding area with a camera phone, and this is when I am wishing I had at least put on some lip gloss:) Oh well, by now I have given up on trying to look “all dolled up” every time I am about to venture out into the world, after all I am just a normal gal. What someone sees on TV or on the stage is generally the creation of a talented professional. Truth be told, it is a bizarre life these days, as I am reminded everyday that I walk outside the door, 30 million people really do watch this show! Who knows however, how long this new life will last, as the spot light fades with time. I hope for a sustaining career in music, but I think it’s safe to say after all this, I have found that I’m not motivated by the fame, but by the music itself. Not to say in any way that I don’t find joy in connecting with genuine and sincere fans, I absolutely do!!! Hard to explain…