Students at Colorado State University – Pueblo had the chance to relax after a long day of classes wednesday.
Singer/songwriter Brienne Moore played an acoustic set for students in the Occhiato Student Center on wednesday. She played soulful songs about relationships accompanied by her own beautiful guitar playing. She also sang a few covers, channeling her inner Leona Lewis with her own version of “Bleeding Love” and giving Robin Thicke a run for his money singing “Lost Without You.”
Moore -whose self-titled record is on iTunes- was born and raised in Las Vegas. She started singing when she was just a toddler and sang for her church and school choirs. In high school, she went to the only performing arts school in Las Vegas, which brought up acts like 702 and Ne-Yo.
While attending that school, she had a chance to perform in a choir for Barbara Streisand at the MGM Grand on New Year’s Eve.
After high school, she moved to Los Angeles and taught herself how to play guitar and write music. Moore said that at first she moved to L.A. just to sing, but as time went on, she taught herself how to play the guitar and developed her own style. Her hard work led her to play at places like The Temple Bar and The Viper Room.
While in Los Angeles, she was selected out of a few hundred submissions to be one of thirteen songwriters to attend the prestigious Lester Sill workshop that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) holds every year.
At the workshop, she had the opportunity to work with several veteran producers including Linda Perry who worked with artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. “At the workshop, I really learned how to work in the studio and how to be a better writer. The workshop really helped you find your own voice.” Moore said.
Moore – said her influences include Whitney Houston and U2 – independently wrote and recorded her self-titled record in 2007. She said that she is constantly learning about the ups-and-downs of the music business. “The music business is always changing. Even though I don’t have a record deal yet, I’m going on a college tour to get exposure.”
Moore is now working on her second record which will be available in early 2009. She said she hopes to have more music and more production of this record than she has had in the past.
Next week: Get ready to laugh Feb. 11 The Second City , a legendary comedy troupe, performs their classic sketch and improv comedy starting at 8 p.m. in the OUC Ballroom.