Bands to Watch #214: Brooke Fraser

By on Friday, 13th May 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the band/PR collective Sounds Like Brisbane. That covers one major city in Australia. But what about other acts down under? Take New Zealand songbird and songwriter Brooke Fraser, for example. Signed to Sony back home at the tender age of 18, Fraser released her first album in 2002. ‘What to Do with Daylight’ debuted at #1 and managed to reach gold status in its first week of release. The folk pop singer’s debut album went on to being eight times platinum – holy cow, how do we not know about her?

Nearly a decade later and at age 27, she’s finally released an album in the UK, ‘Flags’ (her third overall in New Zealand). The album was written in America – specifically in Los Angeles, Bodega Bay in Northern California and the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. The latter two locations may explain the freewheeling, expansive sound of this effort. Check out ‘Betty’, a jaunty, folky number featuring Fraser’s warm, honeyed voice. And the American countryside where she wrote these songs provided inspiration for the title track, she explains: “I was traversing these incredible landscapes and wondering about all the people who had come to arrive in and then leave these places. One day this image of a flag popped into my mind. It seemed that our lives were like flags: a stake in the ground, marking our territory, but eventually our flag will wear out and return to the ground and someone else’s flag will replace our own.”

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Not only is she contemplative in her professional (songwriting) life, she also gives her time and energy to Charity Water, a New York-based, non-profit organisation working to get clean water to everyone on the globe within 40 years. She has already helped raise US$50,000 by setting up a charity scheme through which her fans can contribute to the cause. A singer/songwriter with a conscience and really willing to help her fellow man: this world definitely needs more people like her.

‘Flags’ by Brooke Fraser is available now.

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