If you were to write an intro for “Sha La La” before it played on the radio, what would you want listeners to know about the song?

“Sha La La” is filled with happy, nostalgic and carefree moments that summer brings us. I hope that people can disconnect from their reality, have a good time and sing-along. This is your carefree summer anthem! 

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:

Born to James Taylor songs in the delivery room. Showing signs of being a musician at age 6. Began wearing hearing aids at age 16. Personal struggles with depression and anxiety have led to you becoming a mental health advocate. What advice can you share for fellow artists dealing with health issues?

Well, being a singer with a hearing disability and who was told I may never be able to sing or have the chance to be a recording artist or performer, I have learned to never let “no” stop me or hold me back. I have learned that the cards we are dealt do NOT determine our future and that includes mental health struggles. We can rise above the cards life has dealt us and do anything that we put our minds to. We are stronger than we know, and we all endure hardships in life may they be health related or circumstantial. I have learned to prove the people who tell me “no,” or think that I am not “good enough,” wrong. Let the “no’s” or negativity fuel your fire. I won’t let anyone, or anything, stop me from having the career I want for myself or achieving my dreams. I have had people my entire life telling me “no,” or saying that I can’t or won’t be able to do it, and I haven’t let that stop me. I am where I am today because of my resilience and strength for not giving up or letting those people affect me or the outcomes, so that is what I preach to anyone out there, artists or listeners of my music. 

Accessible and relatable. Prioritizing fitness and well-being. “Unapologetically Bree” podcast focuses on living an authentic life. How do you make sure to maintain daily healthy eating habits and exercise routines with an ever-changing musician schedule?

I manage the best I can through consistency and flexible routines. I work with Phases of Fit who create customized workout routines for me through their app and work with my coaches to establish healthy eating habits that can fit into my crazy schedules, from easy to make meals, meal prepping, counting macros and making healthy decisions along the way. I also practice meditation, affirmations and try to be consistent with my journaling to help with my mental health and to maintain balance. It is definitely tough to keep a structured routine as a musician so I have to try to find balance when and where I can and to be flexible with myself. Mentality is everything! 

Concert series, “Cheers & Beers,” gives performance opportunities to independent artists. Partnering with Kids Against Hunger Canada and Tenfed, helping raise awareness and money to help feed those suffering from food insensitivity. How can fans contribute?

They can contribute in two ways. One – Through buying a T-Shirt that I had created in partnership with the charity as well. For each shirt sold it provides ten meals to those in need. Two – by coming out to our next show and buying a ticket to support not only the cause but live music! Each ticket sold to the show also provides ten meals to those in need. Our next show will be on Saturday, October 1st, 2022, at The Rec Room (Square One, Mississauga)

“Sha La La,” your new single, is about our memories and chances to create new ones. How does this summer track showcase your vocal style?

This song is definitely a fun summer tune that we wrote for people to be able to have a good time while escaping their daily lives. This isn’t a song that I would say really showcases my vocal range as best as my previous releases. I feel some of my other songs showcase my vocals and my diverse range a lot better than this one. “Sha La La” shows off my fun side though and is something different for fans and listeners. It really adds diversity to my catalogue of music being a more carefree, sing-along type song which is something new for me. I really hope that people enjoy it and have a good time listening to it and singing along. 

What is your signature dish to make for family & friend ‘get togethers’?

I really don’t like to cook if I am being honest – I am definitely more of a baker! The first thing I am doing when I have the money is to hire a personal chef LOL. Although I am told I make great meals. I do make a delicious tuna casserole, a good chip dip and I love to bake a nice dessert like chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes. 

What would you most like to learn how to do?

I would really love to get better at guitar. I don’t play very well but I would love to be able to master that more and be able to perform and accompany myself more than I am able to now. Life gets so busy so over the years my skills playing guitar and piano have slipped away and I didn’t practice as much as I should have over the years. I know enough for songwriting purposes, but I would totally embarrass myself if I were to play at a show lol.

Can you share 12 songs that have influenced your life and career?

As you will see my influences are all over the place, but I think that’s what makes me and my music unique and has helped shape me as an artist and a songwriter. It was also really challenging to choose all these over so many songs and artists that have been a part of my musical journey, but I feel these ones really stand out to me and my memories as an artist and performer. 

“Everywhere” Michelle Branch

This song was on repeat for me in elementary school and Michelle was a huge inspiration for me wanting to become an artist and pick up the guitar.

“Breakaway” Kelly Clarkson

This song described my childhood being bullied and not feeling safe anywhere as a child and wanting to breakaway and escape my life and was the song where I would dream of proving everyone wrong and making it in music.

“I’m With You” Avril Lavigne

This song hit home with me in my years being bullied in school when I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere and didn’t have a place in life. Everything Avril was a huge influence for me as an artist, vocalist and was just like an emotional support blanket through childhood. 

“Bring Me To Life” Evanescence

Another album and song that I listened to on repeat that really made me love more angsty rock/metal music and influenced my songwriting at a young age in terms of putting my emotions into a song and writing being a form of therapy for me. 

“Someone’s Watching Over Me” Hilary Duff

This was the first song that I sang in front of an audience at my first vocal recital. I had terrible stage fright and almost didn’t perform but at the very end decided to push myself and just go and I got a standing ovation and after that I was always left as the grand finale. 

“(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life” Stacie Orrico

This was a song that one of my vocal teachers picked for me and my voice (in high school) and gave me more confidence to really try songs out of my typical comfort zone and it just connected with me emotionally at the time as well. 

“Not Ready To Make Nice” The Chicks

This was a song that I really loved when it came out because of how unapologetic it was. I practiced this from 14 years old and it is a crowd favorite for me to perform at shows. 

“Any Man of Mine” Shania Twain (really anything Shania)

Reminds me of my favorite childhood memories growing up. My mom is a huge Shania fan, so this is where my country influences started.

“Bennie And The Jets” Elton John

My dad loved Elton John and introduced me to him when I was growing up and this was one of my favs along with “Crocodile Rock” and “Candle in the Wind” (because I have been obsessed with Marilyn Monroe from a young age).

“Hotel California” The Eagles

I stole this album from my dad and I listened to it on repeat forever in my CD Walkman. I just loved their music and vibes and connected to their sound. 

“Super Trouper” ABBA

Another album I stole from my parents’ collection that I listened to forever. I loved this entire album and there was just something about it that inspired me and made me feel like a dreamer and like it was possible to reach my big dreams that I was scared of growing up and was told wasn’t possible. 

“How sweet it is (to be loved by you)” James Taylor

I was born to a James Taylor mixtape that my Dad made for my Mom in the delivery room and this one is one of my favs from the tape!