Former Miss Maryland, Brooke Ansley, Releases Debut Single from Upcoming Country EP
“Whiskey Wednesday” Represents the Fun, Fearless Female
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – May 19, 2017 – After a year of fundraising and hard work in-studio, Westminster native and former Miss Maryland, Brooke Ansley has released the first single and accompanying music video from her upcoming country music EP (extended play) First Rodeo.
The vision for the EP started a year ago with a Fundly campaign, jokingly titled the “Help Me I’m Brooke” Campaign, that quickly became a success. The project raised $7,000 and granted Ansley the opportunity to record a four-song EP and produce a music video. Like many songs of this genre, “Whiskey Wednesday” was inspired by a break-up, however Ansley’s version makes light of a familiar experience for many, in a relatable and fun way.
“I didn’t want this song to be about another ex-girlfriend lighting her boyfriend’s house on fire or trying to win him back,” Brooke shares. “The song is about poking fun at the ridiculous landscape of the new dating scene in an internet-driven playground. It’s about laughing at mistakes, letting go and allowing yourself to have fun and move on,” she continues.
The music video, filmed on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif. in one consecutive shot, was thoughtfully created and co-directed by Ansley herself – right down to the stilettos with spurs she designed with her local shoe repairman and her close friends who star alongside her – with the goal of empowering fearless, fun, independent females while not breaking the bank with a high-budget production.
“I picked the location because it is an area where my girlfriends and I spend time together when we need to be reminded that we’re all okay and we have each other,” says Ansley. “I’ve learned through this process how to own who I am as an artist and a brand, and how important it is to be your own producer. No one else will do it for you.”
“Whiskey Wednesday” was recorded and produced by Jared Hara, a guitarist who lost his eyesight at eleven years old. It was Jared’s idea to bring a Meghan Trainor-influenced beat to the song, adding horns and a doo-wop feel to Brooke’s traditional country vocal tone.
“I knew Jared would be the perfect fit as a producer because I could tell he really loved and believed in my songs. Having no eyesight, he brought a whole new level of musical sensibility. Jared gave a unique perspective to Whiskey Wednesday that can’t be replicated by anyone else,” Brooke claims. “I am thrilled at the end result and I hope music fans will be too.”
Whiskey Wednesday is available everywhere May 19th and the First Rodeo EP will be released summer of 2017. The video can be seen here.
Brooke was Miss Maryland in 2009 and competed in the 2010 Miss America competition live at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. During her year as Miss Maryland, she volunteered at nearly 200 events and worked with over 30 non-profit organizations, including Kennedy Krieger Institute, USO DC Metro, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, and Family Tree. She was the official Spokesperson for the organization Pathfinders for Autism and traveled to schools throughout the state raising awareness and education among elementary and middle school students. Brooke won the preliminary talent award in the Miss Maryland competition with her rendition of “A Broken Wing” and had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for a crowd of 150,000 at Andrew’s Airforce Base, as well as open for Condoleezza Rice at the PenFed Foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala.
Brooke grew up in Westminster where her parents still reside. After college she became a local to Canton and Fells Point and was the Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at Baltimore Child Abuse Center before moving to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue her music dreams. She is still committed to the non-profit sector as the Director of Events at Tower Cancer Research Foundation in Beverly Hills, a job she continues passionately while also following her calling to write songs and sing.