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Brooke Waggoner

Waggoner comes from a classical music background with 17 years of formal training. She graduated with a music composition and orchestration degree from Louisiana State University in 2006. After graduating, she left for Nashville and began developing her current music.

Waggoner has released five albums independently, with all music being fully written, orchestrated, and arranged by BW. Each album has been released on her independent label, Swoon Moon Music. 

Her debut release was an EP titled Fresh Pair of Eyes (2007) called "[O]ne of the most exciting releases to come out of America in 2007" by The Sunday Times. With a long history of touring nationally & internationally, Waggoner has garnered much critical acclaim and had multiple albums debut at #1 on Singer/Songwriter iTunes charts. Her songs have been widely used in television licensing including programs such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Pretty Little Liars” and others.

Waggoner was nominated for an Independent Music Award for "Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album" in 2009. Also in 2009, Waggoner won the Nashville Music Award for "NBN Emerging Artist" of the year.

Waggoner has been a part of the long running and award winning radio show, "NPR's Mountain Stage", appearing multiple times with acts such as Wilco, Au Pair, The Hold Steady, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Still, and others.

Waggoner has also produced records for other artists, including the vinyl release of The Sower, by The Champion & His Burning Flame and the debut EP for L.A.-based Jessica Ripka.

In September 2012, Waggoner was featured in the campaign "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book.

In 2014, Waggoner signed a deal with Beijing-based label, Pocket Records, and toured the entire country of China in partnership with Pocket Records for distribution of her albums "Heal for the Honey" & "Go Easy Little Doves."

During 2015, the stylishly-diverse Nashville-based chamber music ensemble, CHATTERBIRD, commissioned Waggoner to compose a piece consisting of instrumentation for woodwinds, strings, & piano entitled "Minor-Born" duration 09:30 --- the piece was premiered at Abrasive Media in May 2015 and a second time as part of the Sideshow Fringe Festival in July 2015.

In January 2016, her self-produced album "Sweven" released on her label [Swoon Moon Music]. Native Magazine called it her best work to-date (https://issuu.com/nativenashville/docs/issue45) and the album received much critical acclaim from NPR, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Flood Magazine, American Songwriter and more. 

The Texas native has worked with a wide collection of artists including Jack White, playing piano on his solo projects Blunderbuss and Lazaretto, plus orchestrating strings on the latest Dead Weather album Dodge and Burn. Waggoner was also a member of the all female touring band, The Peacocks, for White’s Blunderbuss. Notably, she has also played piano on Beck’s song “I’m Down” and arranged for ABC’s “Nashville.”