The Artist of the violin
Making her official national recording artist debut in 2018 with her latest Smooth Jazz radio single, "Closer" (featuring International Smooth Jazz Recording Artist Bob Baldwin), Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin has gained new fans all across the country and many parts of the world. The single alone has streamed over 100,000 times on Spotify, making "Closer" Brooke's highest streamed song in her music catalog. Brooke has independently released and produced 1 LP and 2 EPs under her company, Alford Enterprises & Entertainment Group, LLC since the start of her career in 2007. Her second CD, "The Viosocalist" EP was produced and released under The Platinum Crown Music label. Brooke's body of work features a unique and creative blend of Smooth Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Classical, Pop, and more.
Brooke is a North Carolina native raised in Marietta, GA. She has had the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally since 2004 and has lived in New York City, New Jersey, and London, England. Her love for travel and embracing foreign cultures continually influences her music and her desire for personal growth and awareness. Brooke is inspired to create genuine music that energizes, heals, and touches the soul. "Music is so BIG! I am just honored to be a part of it." ~Brooke Alford, The Artist of the Violin
Brooke has had the opportunity to work with some of the best artists in the music business, including opening for notable entertainers such as The Whispers, Mint Condition, Peabo Bryson, Najee, Will Downing, India.Arie, Tony, Toni, Tone`, Robin Thicke, Bo Bice, LeAnn Rimes, The Temptations Review, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, and Comedians Paul Mooney and the late Dick Gregory, to name a few. She has also shared the stage with Mike Phillips, Bob Baldwin, Julian Vaughn, Alex Bugnon, and several others.
Several of Brooke’s broadcasting, publication, and film features include Sister Circle LIVE, SapphirEmerald Magazine, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) with Gospel Artist Rodney Dean Boyden (Boy-den), and WATC Channel 57 “Atlanta Live”. Four of Brooke’s original compositions from her first album, “Expressions”, are featured on the Maverick Entertainment independent film, “’Til Love Comes”. You can even find her circulating commercial on Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s television channel, ASPiRE, on the Comcast network.
Surrounded by creativity from birth in Aberdeen, North Carolina, Brooke’s Mother, Dell Alford (who is a retired music educator and piano instructor), and her Father, Dr. Vernon Alford Jr. (who is a retired educator, author, and visual artist), nurtured her and her two siblings' fascinations with music and the arts from an early age. Brooke's older sister, Mia Alford Fearon, is a professional clarinetist and music specialist, and their younger brother, Vernon Alford III, is a business administration professional. Brooke began formally dancing at the age of three, studying the piano at the age of five, and then began studying the violin with Violinist, Heather Ritchie just a few years later after moving to Marietta, GA where Brooke was raised.
Brooke’s parents’ extensive LP collection of Soul, Funk, Classical, Gospel, and Jazz of great legends such as Barry White, The OJs, Ottis Redding, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Ohio Players, Prince were the sounds coming from the speakers in the Alford household on a typical day. These captivating sounds were filled with live strings, which subconsciously, resonated with Brooke, inspiring her instantly to dance, sing, and play the piano! The violin was destined to make its way into Brooke’s life just a few years later.
By the time Brooke reached high school, the violin became her primary focus. She then began studying privately with Atlanta Symphony Violinist, Jay Christy, to advance her playing to the collegiate level of study.
Brooke received her Bachelor of Music degree Cum Laude under the prestigious Florida State University College of Music. She was under the instruction of the late Beth Newdome, former Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Newdome lost her battle to cancer in 2010. Not only was she a phenomenal Violinist and instructor, but was one of Brooke’s most influential inspirations during her studies at FSU. Brooke is honored to currently possess one of the violins that used to belong to Ms. Newdome. Brooke named this cherished possession “Anaiya Leshae”. All of Brooke’s albums were recorded on Anaiya LeShae. The featured track “Twenty-Two" off of The Viosocalist is her personal dedication to Ms. Newdome.
While studying at FSU, Brooke performed for World Renowned Jazz Violinist, Regina Carter during Mrs. Carter’s Atlanta Jazz Festival master class and participated in the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. Brooke also studied under the FSU International Program in London, England with Royal Philharmonic Violinist, Eric Chapman.
“T-Shirts for a Cause”
Today, many children will not have the opportunity to learn, study, and perform music as Brooke did. Some of same music programs that Brooke was able to take advantage in her grade school years no longer exist due to school and government budget cuts. Brooke has decided to be a part of the solution of helping to save music programs in our communities through her effort, “T-Shirts for a Cause”. When a t-shirt is purchased, the proceeds go toward helping these music programs. The contributed programs can be found on Brooke’s website www.BrookeAlfordViolin.com. Brooke’s hope is to gain the support of her fans and supporters nationwide to help keep music alive for the next generation of musicians!
Brooke is currently based in Atlanta, GA and is a Super-Sensitive Musical String Company Endorsed Artist. On her downtime, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, learning and researching more about holistic health and natural healing remedies, embracing self-care, wealth building, being outdoors, embracing the time spent with her loving husband Demetri Chambers, nieces, nephew, and family members.