Meredith Brooks

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Meredith Brooks

She arrived as a “Bitch” and a lover, but “What Would Happen” to Meredith Brooks next?

Meredith Brooks (b.1958) had been playing music since 1976, but had to wait twenty years before she got a hit! She joined the band Sapphire as an 18 year old and after six years of performing, they split in 1982. Meredith wanted to develop a solo career and released her self-titled debut album in 1986, which was given no attention at all. She hooked up with former Go-Go Charlotte Caffrey and Gia Ciambotti in 1987 to form The Graces and reached No.56 Stateside with their single “Lay Down Your Arms”, covered by fellow Go-Go Belinda Carlisle in 1993. Subsequent albums and singles failed to find the same audience and The Graces were dropped by their record company in 1991.

Meredith went solo again and in 1995, landed a contract with Capitol Records. She began writing her second album soon after and in May 1997, released the first single, “Bitch”. Perhaps the lyrical content and ‘honesty’ of the song is what brought it out into the open as Meredith took the global charts by storm, reaching the top ten in twenty countries and making No.2 in America, where it has sold over a million copies. The album, “Blurring The Edges”, came soon after reaching No.22 in her home country and No.5 in the UK, eventually selling over three million copies worldwide. The album featured three more singles, “I Need”, “What Would Happen?” and “Stop”, although these failed to replicate the success of the lead single. Brooks, now aged 41, returned in 1999 with the album “Deconstruction”, which included the minor German hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”.

The single and the album dropped out of sight before anyone had realised elsewhere. The same, sadly, can be said of her 2004 album, “Bad Bad One” and the lead single “Shine” and her last and most recent work, “If I Could Be…” in 2007. Meredith has found a new calling, however, as a songwriter. Her first ‘commission’ being Jennifer Love Hewitt’s 2002 album, “BareNaked”, while she achieved greater success as recent as 2018 as co-writer of Bebe Rexha’s 2018 smash, “I’m A Mess”, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. Whether Meredith herself ever record again remains to be seen, but she can join that list of artists who are best known and only remembered for one song, and as she proudly boasts herself, “I do not feel ashamed”!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!