Breelan Angel is a name you will be hearing more and more as time goes on as she continues to grace more stages across Texas and beyond with her brand of Country music!
Breelan has had some big things happening for her in the last few months and I knew I had to make sure I spotlighted her before she became too big for us! 🙂
Breelan: Well, I can tell you the moment I fell in love with country music and that was literally the day I could comprehend what country music was. My parent’s introduced me to all the greats but one song that really triggers a memory is “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus. If you didn’t sing the “woo woo’s” right (as I called them) then I was most definitely going to correct you until I heard you sing it right (I was a vocal coach at the age of 3). But the moment I knew I had a huge passion for singing and performing was when “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under” came out by Shania Twain. I was five years old and I performed that song at the top of my lungs every chance that I got, whether it was on front porches, fireplaces, the top of the stairs, anything I could make into my own personal stage.
Katie: Tell us how you made it a reality.
Breelan: I made it a reality in college. My passion for music never died but I went the typical school route thinking that was the route everyone was supposed to take until one summer in college where I did my fair share of karaoke. That really just lit a flame that I couldn’t ignore any longer and a mutual friend introduced me to a vocal coach who proceeded to connect me with a manager and things just started happening rather quickly. I began traveling regularly to Nashville to work with writers that my manager at the time had connections with and before I knew it I had enough material to put a band together and start performing some of my music live. I put a band together in Austin my senior year of college and began traveling roughly every weekend to rehearse and/or play. This career has not come easy by any means, but in the grand scheme of things, I feel like so much has fallen into place on it’s own, that it’s just one hundred percent meant to be what I’m supposed to be doing.
Katie: The new single “Pocket Change” was co-written with another fabulous female singer/songwriter Bri Bagwell…what was it like writing with her?
Breelan: I love writing with Bri and that first write together felt extremely effortless. I was a little nervous at first just because I’ve been a fan of her for a long time, but (like I expected she would be) she’s one of the most down to earth human beings I’ve ever met. Our style of writing is similar in ways where we aren’t afraid to put it all out there which made the write between us that much more fun because we definitely didn’t hold back when it came to what we wanted to say. I love the message and vision behind “Pocket Change” and I feel that song couldn’t have been written with any one better. Not to mention, I made an incredible friend out if it and she and I still get together as often as we can!
Katie: There are not many females working, as well as being successful on radio, what’s your take on that?
Breelan: It’s frustrating but at the same time it’s a challenge that personally just pushes me that much harder. Country music has been male dominated for many years and I don’t really think there’s just one person or “avenue” (radio, labels, etc.) to blame. I would absolutely love to see more women have success in this genre and I do think it has changed quite a bit in the last year. We have just as much to say as all those men do and it’s up to us to keep making that evident every chance we get. I think women sometimes get the reputation that we are too soft or too emotional, and maybe we do wear our hearts on our sleeve a little bit more than men do, but that’s real life and something many individuals can relate to. At the end of the day, we can all sit around and talk about it and complain about it, but it is what it is and let’s do our damn best to change it!
Katie: Congrats on the new Bud sponsorship! How’d that come about?
Breelan: Thank you so much!!! Well, a mutual friend of ours who distributes for the company came out to our show last year at Crosby Rodeo and was very excited about the performance he saw that night. He then made the introduction of who we are to the right individuals and it all just naturally progressed from there. My job was to keep doing what I do and be hopeful that they wanted to get on board. What’s even more exciting than receiving the sponsorship, is being the first female they’ve ever given it to. I am still in shock they’ve chosen me but beyond thrilled to work with the Bud Light Texas Country team and see what we can do together this year!!
More details on Breelan can be found here: http://www.breelanangel.com/.