About: Brooke Fraser
Brooke Fraser is a singer-songwriter / musician from New
Zealand. Brooke has released three very successful studio album and is
currently working on material for her fourth album due out in 2014.
has become the most successful album of her career to date, with the single
"Something in the Water" reaching number one on the New Zealand
Singles Chart in 2010 and charting around the world. The album debuted at No. 1
in NZ, No. 2 in Australia, and No. 4 in the USA.
Brooke Fraser's first album, What to Do with Daylight, was released
in New Zealand in late 2003, debuting at number one and achieved gold status in
the same week. The album eventually went seven times platinum, selling over
105,000 copies in New Zealand alone. It remained on the album charts for
sixty-six weeks. All five singles from the album reached the top twenty in the
New Zealand Singles Chart. Her album also topped the New Zealand Top 50 Albums
Following the release of What
to Do with Daylight, Fraser toured Australia and New Zealand with American
artist John Mayer and then toured New Zealand with veteran U.K. rock artist
David Bowie. Whilst on tour with John Mayer, she met with his guitarist and
keyboardist Michael Chaves who, after recording Mayer's album Heavier Things,
Fraser enlisted to play on her album and future concerts.
In 2005, prior to writing and
preparing her follow-up album, Fraser took a trip to Africa to immerse herself
in Rwanda before visiting her sponsor children in Tanzania, as she is an advocate
for child sponsorship. In this trip, she was so moved that she wrote the song Albertine
about a young child (named Albertine), whom she met while in Rwanda. It was
later decided to make this song the album's title track.
For the second album, Fraser decided
to enlist a new band, primarily constructed from American musicians who'd
worked with an array of notable artists, both live and recorded. In 2006,
Fraser and the band went into the studio in Los Angeles to record the album.
Later Fraser allowed her fans to listen to the album's first single Deciphering
Me via her MySpace page. The single was later released initially to radio
and ultimately to CD single, and achieved number four in the New Zealand single
On 4 December 2006 Albertine
was released in New Zealand, achieving double platinum status less than a month
after its release and has remained, to date, in the top 20 every week since.
The album was released in Australia and internationally on 31 March 2007. In
Australia, it charted at number twenty-nine in its first week on 9 April and
has thus far achieved Gold sales status.
On 6 April 2007, Fraser performed
"Deciphering Me" for the Good Friday Appeal, an annual televised
fundraising event to raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital in
In 2008, Fraser appeared on the
Dave Barnes song "Believe" from his album Me + You + The World,
performing backing vocals.
Albertine was also Fraser's U.S. debut, released 27
May 2008 and entered the Billboard 200 at number ninety on 19 July 2008.
Her album propelled in success with online sales after being chosen as Editor's
Choice on iTunes. On 4 July 2008 Fraser supported Canadian artist/U2
collaborator Daniel Lanois at the Montreal Jazz Festival. In August she toured
the southern U.S. In September, she re-toured several major U.S. cities and
completed the tour at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, UK
Flags was recorded at East West Studios in Hollywood in
the summer of 2010 and released by Wood & Bone Records on 12 October 2010.
Fraser celebrated with sold-out tours in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Flags
reached the No. 1 spot on the New Zealand album chart, No. 3 in Australia, and
entered at No. 59 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and climbed as high as
No. 3 on the U.S iTunes album chart. "Flags" has been certified Gold
in Australia and 3x Platinum in New Zealand where it was the 6th highest
selling album of 2010. The first single, "Something in the Water,"
has achieved extensive radio success across the globe, notably receiving BBC
Radio 2 A-list rotation upon release. The single has gone on to achieve double
platinum sales in NZ where it spent 21 weeks in the 2010 singles chart. The single
has reached No. 2 in the Dutch airplay chart whilst residing in the top 5
singles chart for 6 consecutive weeks. The single has charted in Poland and
Belgium at No. 15 and No. 23 respectively, as well as being certified Gold in
both Germany and Italy. Flags was released in July 2011 in Germany,
Austria and Switzerland and debuted in the following positions: No. 6 in
Germany, No. 33 in Austria & No. 24 in Switzerland. One month on from
release, "Flags" remained in the German top 20 at No. 13 and
"Something in the Water" on the singles charts at No. 8.
"Flags" was released in October 2011 in Hungary, reaching No. 15 on
the national album chart by second week of release. Flags is due to be
released in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland on 7 November 2011. Flags
has received accolades from peers and press alike. Sara Bareilles announced to
her 2 million followers on Twitter "If you don’t know her, you should.
@brookefraser is a freakin gem. New album out now. Yay." and Women’s Wear
Daily has called Fraser "The Kiwi Norah Jones."
In its review of Flags, Glide
Magazine said: "Brooke Fraser's third release, Flags, is a
wonder. From the stunning lyrical imagery throughout to the impressive guest
vocalists who join her (Cary Brothers, Jon Foreman and Aqualung among them),
from Fraser’s ethereal and breathy performances to the wide-ranging
soundscapes, this record is drenched in beauty and stands as one of the more
remarkable achievements of 2010."
In support of the Flags
release in Switzerland, Fraser appeared in November 2011 at the "Energy
Stars for Free" event in Zurich alongside Lenny Kravitz and Snow Patrol.
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