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An Interview with Music Artist Brenzy

Meikhel

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Brenzy is a Virginia-bred, L.A.-based Pop/R&B singer-songwriter and musician. Brenzy pairs her soulful vocals with elements of classic Funk, and modern Pop and R&B sounds. She has been killing the stage for well over a decade, performing in numerous venues in major cities and regions such as the DMV, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Brenzy most recently showcased her vocal prowess at Breaking Sound Los Angeles. She has also been featured in various media outlets, and has accumulated over half a million streams and amassed a sizable social media following. The 22-year-old songstress is taking over '22.

With her single, “brunch,” out now, we took some time to hear more from Brenzy. Read below to learn more about Brenzy, the story behind her latest single, and what’s to come.

Hi Brenzy! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?

Hello! Funny enough, I’m actually not the original Brenzy - my brother is! Brenzy was his “gamer tag” on PlayStation and ended up sticking as his nickname. Being that I’m his little sister, I was referred to as “Little Brenzy," but if I were to make that my artist name, people would think that I’m a rapper, which I am definitely not. All in all, Brenzy is a family nickname based off of our last name, Brennan, and even my parents are known as “Mama and Papa Brenz."

What city are you from and where are you based now?

I’m originally from Sterling, Virginia and am currently based in Los Angeles, California.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you get started?

Ever since I was little, I knew that I loved singing and being on stage. My parents were in bands together as I was growing up, and they were kind enough to let me sing background vocals every once in a while. I sang my first solo on stage at a church camp when I was 8 years old, and began writing songs and playing instruments a couple of years later. I always did it because I loved it, and never really thought of making a career out of it until I was 11 years old and saw Justin Bieber’s "Never Say Never" movie. I saw how he rose to the top, how music worked behind the scenes, and I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, I can do that; I’m going to do that." Ever since then, my whole life has been dedicated to my music career.

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

My upbringing played a huge role in shaping who I am and how I define my sound today. My parents are huge music people, and played every and any genre you could think of! The two artists that stuck out the most to me were Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, who both definitely have an influence on the music that I make today.

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

To those who aren’t familiar with me, I would describe my sound as a mix of classic Funk/Soul and modern Pop/R&B. I love groovy basslines, funky guitars, and heavy drums.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?

I’m really into fitness, and I love doing my nails, but my favorite thing to do outside of music is spend time with my friends and family. Not only is it what brings me joy, but it also fuels my creativity as my music is inspired by my real life stories and experiences.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

Some of my main musical influences are Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, and Ariana Grande.

Who would be dream to collaborate with?

I would say that my dream music collaboration would either be with Silk Sonic or Victoria Monét.

What are some of your future music career goals?

My biggest dream is to sell out arenas and tour the world. I love performing, and there’s nothing like connecting with an audience through music. I’m also currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science degree in Music Business, so I’d love to venture into the business world of music in artist management and talent development.

Now onto your release, “brunch.” What inspired this song?

“brunch” was ultimately inspired by me growing into a young woman and wanting to experience that with other women who are on that same path. I’ve always had girlfriends, but not a designated group of friends to call on a Sunday and make brunch plans with!

What is “brunch” about in your own words?

To me, “brunch” is not only about wanting to have girlfriends to go to brunch with, but also just wanting girlfriends in general. I’ve been burned in the past by some girls that I thought were my friends, so I’ve kept a guard up over the years. But, a lot of this song refers to my hopes of letting those guards down as I grow into a young woman.

What is your favorite lyric in “brunch” and why?

I have so many favorite lyrics in this song, but I think my favorite is the pre-chorus where I say, “I don’t choose to / It ain’t what I’m used to / Wish I knew you." It sounds extremely simple, but I like that there are a couple of different meanings behind it; the first one being that I don’t have these friends to go to brunch with, and I wish I knew them! The second meaning is a reference to myself. I don’t know who that side of me is because I’ve never met her, and I’m scared to.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from “brunch?”

I hope that this song can make some people feel a little less "out of the loop." I feel like a lot of people open their phones every weekend and watch others enjoy nights out and fancy brunches with their friends, and it makes them feel left out. I’m one of those people! So, I hope the song helps others feel less alone in that sense.

What’s one of your proudest moments of your music career so far?

I would say that one of the proudest moments of my music career so far has just been not giving up. Though, it's not necessarily a moment, it’s definitely something that I’m proud of. Working as an independent artist can be really challenging some days, but I’ve persevered through a lot of times where I felt like giving up.

What would you say are the greatest lessons you’ve learned so far?

One of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned so far is that God’s timing is really the perfect timing. I look back on when I was 17 and 18 years old and think, “Wow, I’m really glad that did not work out!” Because, I know that I wasn’t really ready for it. I’ve also learned that there are a lot of people that want more from you than for you, and it's important to only let certain people have certain access to you.

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects that we should be on the lookout for?

I have a lot of music that is going to be released this year, and I’m so excited for the world to hear it!

Where can we follow you on social media?

All of my socials can be found here!

Website: http://brenzy.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_brenzy/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6G6qP0sP4oPveQ4bzizz4Z

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/brenzy

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@_brenzy

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/brenzy/1492505965

Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/artist/16799369 / http://tidal.com/browse/artist/16799369

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brenzymusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brenzyofficial/

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Meikhel is the founder and CEO of the record label, management and public relations company M.E.I. Recordings. He is also the founder and CEO of the apparel brand Psalm Infinity.

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