A contemporary country artist with plenty of passion and a dash of attitude, vocalist Brooke Eden made her way into the music business on her own terms, and her self-reliance became the basis of one of her signature songs. Eden was born Brooke Helvie in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1989. Music was always a presence in the Helvie household, and her father, who made his living as a carpenter, played drums in a local country group in his spare time. Eden would often tag along with her dad when he played out, and in time she began singing with the group. By the time she was in her early teens, she'd developed an impressive talent as a singer, and was playing local festivals and doing opening sets for major artists such as Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn. (Eden also performed frequently with her high school friend, Cassadee Pope, who went on to a successful career of her own.) In 2008, Eden auditioned for the music competition series American Idol, and got a thumbs-up from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson. When her audition was broadcast, her status as Miss South Florida was made fun of, and while she went on to Hollywood, she was cut from the show after the first day and never made the semi-finals. Undeterred, she earned a marketing degree at the University of Florida, and relocated to Nashville. She soon became a regular at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, one of Music City's most celebrated showcases for rising talent, while occasionally returning to Florida for paying gigs at home. In 2014, Eden released a self-titled five-song EP, and later that same year, she released the single "American Dreamin'," which made a major impression on satellite radio. In 2015, she signed with Red Bow Records, a branch of the BBR Music Group that also guided the careers of Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, and Thompson Square. Eden's first single for Red Bow, "Daddy's Money," was released in December 2015, and was a celebration of her blue-collar upbringing and her determination to make her own way in life. The song became an anthem for Eden and her fans, and helped to spread the word about the singer as she worked on her first full-length album. ~ Mark Deming
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