About 2 1/2 years ago I got an email sending me the music of a new singer/songwriter on the Nashville scene. BREE was looking for airplay. I listened to the single attached to the email and heard in this young woman’s voice that special “thing” that you either have or you don’t. I wrote back, letting Bree and her team know that I’d be adding her music into rotation on New Driven. That song was “Whisky” and it catapulted this budding star into a whole new level in the independent rock community.
Bree has a unique story. It would be a sad and devastating history if it weren’t for her resilient spirit. Her dad is the leader of a cult in Oregon. One of the cult’s tenets is the refusal of all medical intervention. When Bree was about 5, her mom was sewing when she accidentally inhaled a pin that she was holding between her teeth. Instead of rushing her to the hospital, Bree’s dad allowed his wife to die a slow and painful death over the course of numerous days. Near the end of her struggle, Bree’s mom asked to be taken to the hospital but her husband refused and she died.
Within weeks, Bree had a new, 22-year old mother. Life was difficult and often brutal as the new step-mom wasn’t fond of the children born from her husband’s first wife. By the time Bree was a teen, she had discovered boys and reveled in rock music. This was not to be tolerated in the daughter of a cult leader so Bree was thrown to the street. It’s hard to imagine what those early days on her own must have been like. Bree had been home-schooled all her life. Suddenly she was thrust into a world that was completely foreign to her. Those were dark days, often filled with drug and alcohol abuse. But within her heart, Bree had a will to survive and she began to turn things around.
Without a doubt, music was salvation for this darling of the rock world. Bree made her way to Nashville and immediately began making waves. The dark days are behind her and her future is bright. She released her new album, Bree: All American Girl to critical acclaim in 2013.
The music video for I’m The Boss released on November 20, 2013 and already has over 250,000 YouTube views. That song was written while in a rage over a woman hitting on Bree’s man at a club. Bree’s answer to the situation? A Bree-some. Yup, it’s what it sounds like. A Bree-some is a three-some – – – with Bree.
You can watch the music video by clicking the image below:
You can hear Bree tell the story in her own words by clicking the image below:
During our conversation, Bree expressed strong feelings about the issue of Marijuana legalization in the United States. It’s a given that the majority of people realize that a plant that grows naturally, is dried and then consumed by smoking, eating or drinking a tea is not equal to a chemical substance created in a laboratory. Bree expresses her thoughts on personal freedom and why the “weed” issue is a non-issue in the segment below. Click on the image to hear what Bree has to say.
You can follow Bree on her Instagram page by clicking the image below.