Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? I think I really started to find my passion for songwriting and getting serious about it when my Grandmother got diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away, and I started to deal with some intense bullying in school. Songwriting became an escape for me, a safe place, and I haven’t stopped writing since.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I think the first time I ever got asked to take a picture or autograph something was pretty crazy! I was doing a photoshoot on a pier in Florida and dancing on it while the waves crashed behind me and I had a sweet gentleman wave me down and he went live on his Facebook to say how he was with me and how he loved my music. Maybe it isn’t the craziest thing, but it was a pretty surreal moment for me that’s for sure!
What has been the high point of your music path? I think reaching the amount of people that I have has been such a humbling accomplishment for me on this journey. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Whenever I feel an intense emotion, whether it be sadness, anger, guilt, etc., I sit down with my guitar or keyboard, hit the record button on my phone, and just improvise. More often than not, those are the moments that I come up with my best lyrics and I will go back and clean it up a bit so that they are able to be properly produced. It’s part of why my songs mean so much to me, since they are written from such a vulnerable place each time.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think one of the biggest challenges as an Indie Artist today is getting yourself heard. There are so many incredible artist, many of which aren’t heard because they lack the numbers or proper representation. I think if I could ask the music industry to change something it would be to stop glorifying unrealistic expectations and to start showing the authentic and flawed version of artist. People and fans need to know that their favorite artist are way more like them then they think; mental health, pimples, trauma, and all.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Such a tough question! It would definitely have to be Halsey though for sure. She has such a unique sound, her lyrics are so vulnerable and relatable, her stage presence is fantastic you never know what to expect, and I just think overall she is a really genuine human being. What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I do my best to always keep a lively and positive setting for warm ups, it really sets the tone for the day! Normally to prepare for a live show, I do vocal warm ups, drink lots of water and tea to make sure my vocals are stage ready (I won’t have any inflammatory foods or drinks that will strain my throat or make it hard to sing), stretching is a must with how much movement I do on stage, testing all of equipment to make sure everything is running properly is another must, doing affirmations in the mirror always boost my confidence, and honestly I will often call my parents if I get the chance too. They always seem to have the right thing to say before I perform. Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! I would have to say my debut song "Getaway Car" was my hardest to write. While it’s an upbeat song that is only two and a half minutes long, there is so much lyrically compacted into it that made it a real challenge. I really had to think outside the box of how to describe mental health, self harm, and addiction, and what it feels like. It’s really easy to say that you’re sad or angry at something, but to come up with fifteen different ways to say that to where your audience can picture exactly what you’re saying isn’t as easy. I think the process though really allowed me to explore how my mental health makes me feel or has and what I’ve overcome.
What's coming up in the future? I may or may not have another song coming your way very soon and plan to go to LA here in the coming months to record some more bangers. I’m hoping in the near future to do more live performances, interviews (like this one!), and collaborations with other artist. The possibilities are endless! Tell us where fans can access your music.
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20 year old triple threat Aubrey Greeley, also known as Brey, grew up in the sunshine state of Florida and now resides on the east coast in South Carolina. With music always playing a pivotal part of Brey’s life, she began on piano at age 8, and quickly found a love for the classical Cello, performing in multiple local orchestras with over 9 years under her belt, and ambitiously continued to pursue teaching herself the acoustic, electric, and bass guitar.
As a creative artist, singing and songwriting came naturally to the young musician, writing with a sensitive yet fierce lyrical style that captivates you from the start of each thumping alternative tune. Influences such as Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Sha Na Na, Abagail Barlow, and Halsey, show through her stage presence, songwriting, and genuine persona.
Currently, you can listen to Brey’s newest song, IMU, which was released on April 8th, 2022 with much anticipation from fans on all streaming platforms. With a bold and vibrant beat contrasting with the deep alluring vocals that Brey produced on the track, it’s sure to be a hit. Being described by Brey as a song about “…the feeling of being intoxicated by somebody. To the point where you can’t think straight and everything about them consumes you. To the point where you put their well-being above you every single time."
In 2020 Brey released her debut single, "Getaway Car" under the phenomenal record label Cosmic Wire, reaching a whopping 381,863 streams on Spotify; the song was a hit, landing on playlist such as Discover Weekly. Over 10 articles were written about the release, being described as, “one of those songs that gets in your head…” The Static Dive.