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Merridith Brooks


Meredith Brooks was born in Oregon City, Oregon in 1958.
Her parents divorced while she was still a child.
She and her brother and sister grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and were raised by their mother.
At age eleven, Brooks became fascinated with the guitar and she soon learned how to play it. Brooks excelled at academics and skipped several grades in high school, graduating at age 15 from Corvallis High School.
In the Early 1980s, Brooks performed at a number of clubs in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and in Washington, where she was popular to a broad range of fans.
In the wake of the enormous success of Alanis Morissette in 1995, Brooks landed a major label contract with Capitol Records. She was 36 when her first hit single, "Bitch", garnered her nominations for the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.
Brooks recorded her second major album Deconstruction in 1999. It was a stylistic and thematic shift away from Blurring the Edges. She only toured in Europe and the album sold poorly. She originally wrote the song "Sin City", which appears on this album, for the movie Snake Eyes, directed by her friend Brian De Palma. She toured with Sarah McLachlan's success Lilith Fair for various performances.
In 2003, Brooks remarried and the next year gave birth to her son, Troy. She also signed a new record deal with the SLG Records label and released the material of Bad Bad One as Shine. Television psychologist Dr. Phil chose the song "Shine" as the theme for his show. Most recently, Brooks was completing a new children's album titled If I Could Be... and continuing to develop new artists as a producer and songwriter. In particular, she is producing Sony Music Entertainment artist Becca, a pop/rock singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon.

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