Born in rural Oregon, Brandi Shearer's singing career began by entertaining her grandmother with versions of "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" and "Isn't It Romantic" played by numbers on a Sears Roebuck electric piano. Later, she moved to Europe where she learned about Billie Holiday and singing effectively in front of drunken audiences. French girls taught her to artfully apply makeup and wear her hair just so. She sang in bars, clubs, festivals & living rooms across the continent until landing in Hungary. After some time spent living the expatriate life, she returned to the States to pursue a career in music on her native soil.
Tell me more about how you originally got into your craft, Brandi.
In the years before 1st grade, I played my Grandmother's electric organ while she sang along. Except the low C key had been completely melted by a cigarette mishap, so that was a drag. Obviously it wasn't MY cigarette. Most people in my community didn't start smoking until they were about 8 or 9.
How do you describe your music to people?
This is the hardest question in the world, right after "why are we here?". Usually I describe it as "audible", and then let people tell me what THEY think.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
As an indie, it's always challenging to find the capital you need to make things happen. Instead you need great ideas. Eventually, after dishing out a few, you feel completely DEVOID of inspired schemes, and then you start to cry. It's tough. Nobody likes a baby.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A musician. Boring, huh?
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I grew up in a poor rural area that was easily 20 years behind the rest of the country as far as social amenities go. We had a party line, for example, when other people were getting cable. I had more time to pay attention to the humanity happening around me, and that forever changed (skewed? messed up?) my point of view.
What other artists out there do you love?
I love Bjork for her fearlessness, Glenn Gould for his focus, Arvo Part for his inventiveness. But honestly, my choice for Queen of the Universe will always be Tina Turner.
What does your future hold?
Let's see... more great music, tours, a stint as a hairdresser, a rescue farm in Wyoming for wayward dogs, toasted cheese sandwiches, monkeys, and lots and lots of naps. And probably a stomach flu or two.
Catch more from Brandi on brandishearer.com, MySpace, and at Amazon.
9.1.09 – Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
9.15.09 – Fingerprints In-Store Performance – Long Beach, CA
9.17.09 – M-Theory In-Store Performance – San Diego, CA
9.19.09 – Dimples In-Store Performance – Davis, CA
9.23.09 – Music Millennium In-Store Performance – Portland, OR