by Tracy Darlington
Brooke Barrettsmith Interview
"Christians should never apologize for being adopted into God's family -- it's the reason we are alive." --Brooke Barrettsmith
At only 26, new Essential artist Brooke Barrettsmith has discovered a wisdom that eludes many twice her age. This is a young woman who is completely comfortable in her own skin and thoroughly certain of the career path she’s chosen in Christian music.
Adept at guitar and piano, as well as a prolific writer,
musical heritage runs deep. “My dad’s mom was a Broadway singer
in Chicago, and my mom’s mom was an Italian opera singer in Chicago.
My dad was a professional musician, too. When he was 18 years old, he started
doing session drumming and played at venues in Chicago with blues legends
like Buddy Guy and B.B. King. So I guess I had no choice—it’s
in my blood!”
How did you know God was calling you to pursue a career in music?
All my life I have always tried to serve God through music faithfully, it was only up to Him where music would eventually lead me. It’s a huge blessing that He allowed me to do music for a living after many years!
How did your father guide you along in the music business?
My dad has guided me along in music my whole life. He taught me how to play music, write music, and perform music. He was also my manager for many years. I couldn’t have done this without him!
As a teenager you dealt with panic attacks. How has God brought you through the healing process?
I have been delivered for many years now from panic attacks. It did take a few years of renewing my mind in His word every day - sometimes every hour - to find relief. But just like His word says, once I brought my prayers, anxieties, and praise to His throne, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding began to guard my heart AND mind from those fears.
You say in your bio that there are three major points you hope people will come away with when they listen to your album. Can you explain?
The first would be to never be ashamed of your faith in Jesus. Christians should never apologize for being adopted into God’s family – it’s the reason we are alive. The second is that it’s okay to admit you’ve been hurt in relationships. I feel like as Christians – especially Christian women – we are forced to put on a “happy front” when we really need some prayer during a difficult time. It’s alright to admit that we are human and we hurt. The third is to give your anxieties to the Lord. I know not everyone has experienced the same kind of anxiety I have in the past, but everyone can relate to some kind of stress or fear. We need to daily lay those burdens at the feet of Jesus to find peace, joy, and understanding.
What’s something you’ve learned while you were auditioning for American Idol that people might not know?
How strong of a person you have to be. You really have to be confident in yourself and in your gift. Critiques can really discourage you - you have to be ready to hear the good in some critiques and not let the hurtful ones hold you back.
What’s special to you about your debut album?
I’ve been waiting my whole life for this!!!!! Haha! Besides that, I’m really happy to have written all the songs on my album so everyone can get to know my heart.
What’s your favorite song on the project?
“Farewell” – it encompasses the message of hope I love to share in my shows.
Where do you hope to be one year from now?
Goin’ at it even stronger!
What advice would you give to someone trying to reach their friends for Christ?
One of my favorite quotes is “Preach Jesus and sometimes use words”. Which to me means - live to be a good example of Christ’s love so that they long to hear of the hope that lies within you.
Are there any steps you take to stay on track spiritually?
I try my very best to do daily devotions. Time in His word and in prayer every day keeps me focused.
What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?
John 14:6 – it’s the gospel in a nutshell. I write it on most everything I autograph because I want to send people home with the gospel message in their hands.
If Jesus were coming back tomorrow, how would you spend today?
I’d be out on the streets preaching Jesus!
If Jesus were not coming back in our lifetime, would you do anything differently?
No way, we need to be on the offense as Christians! We shouldn’t be ashamed to get bold for the Lord and speak the love of Jesus wherever we go.
If you could say one thing to this generation what would you say?
No person and no relationship will ever completely satisfy you. Only having an intimate relationship with Jesus will satisfy your every need.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
Leading worship and doing youth ministry in my Daddy’s church back home.
What’s the most memorable place you’ve ever played?
A few years back, my sister and I got to sing at my Dad’s old grade school. It was fun hearing about all his memories there.
What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
I took classical voice lessons in college. I am a vegetarian.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
I’m such a nerd! Tea and toast! Haha!
Three things always found in your refrigerator:
Yogurt, fruit n veggies, and ice cream!!!
You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?
White Chocolate Mocha
What’s currently in your CD player/iPod?
Is there anything else you’d like to say to TitleTrakk.com readers?
Thank you so much for taking time out to get to know me! God bless you!
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.