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Darin & Brooke Aldridge Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Brooke’s Answer: Darin and I have always set out to uplift and encourage others...we’ve always felt that we have the gift of lifting others spirits and trying to bring a smile to someone’s face. Those were two of the qualities that we loved about each other when we first met. We tend to pick songs with a positive message that would help someone overcome hardships or bring a good memory back around for them. We want our music to touch people on a personal level just as it has for us. It always brings tears and a smile knowing God has used us in such a meaningful and powerful way.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Joint Answer: So many moments in 2017 were simply surreal and unforgettable. For starters we were invited to make our Grand Ole’ Opry debut on July 4th...and then had the privilege of being asked back in December for Opry Nights at the Ryman. Playing the Opry and Ryman stage to us was a moment we’ll forever cherish. Those two stages were stages we could have only dreamt of playing...but when the calls came in...we were beyond ecstatic. These were stages we had longed to play since we were kids. In September, at IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) we were presented with two wonderful awards. Darin took home Mentor of the Year and I took home Female Vocalist of the Year. We were truly honored to be recognized by fans and our musical peers. 

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it? 
Brooke’s Answer: When we first heard our current single “I’m Going Under” our reaction was, “Wow what incredible lyrics that are going to change and impact lives greatly!” We felt like it would move people in a very spiritual and emotional way. All of us have experienced ups and downs in life...some of us so many, that eventually we begin to feel like we’ve reached the bottom with no one or no where to turn. This song reminds us that there is someone who ALWAYS hears us in our highest moments AND in our lowest moments. It was written by Karen Taylor Good and Bill Whyte in a personal perspective format. You learn in the song someone is calling out to God, asking for HIS guidance and direction because they’ve reached the bottom. By the end of the song, the person finds God in their life and goes under in a different perspective...by being baptized, “They Go Under” and are forever changed. We truly feel the words speak to all of us. It reminds us to be still, listen and allow God to restore our brokenness. We hope each and every listener will be encouraged through this song and experience the vivid picture it creates in your mind. 

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Joint Answer: We get emails, social media posts and even phone calls on a daily and weekly basis from people who’ve been touched by the songs we sing and the relationship that Darin and I have as husband and wife. One that really stuck with us is from a gentlemen we met a few years ago. He had written a one page letter explaining how touched he and his wife were by our music. An awesome part to the story was that he mentioned his wife who was suffering with Alzheimer’s and had been for quite some time. He explained that rarely did she respond to anything in the actual moment. She could remember things from long ago...but not recent memories. He went on to say as we came onstage and started our set she instantly perked up like she had been waiting for that moment when we’d take the stage. He shared with us that they had been fans of our music ever since they first heard us on the radio. As they listened he said she began to sing along with me (Brooke) and for that moment in time it was like Alzheimer’s had never even effected her. The wife he remembered came back to him for just a little while...that story and so many like it down through the years remind us of why we do what we do and how we could never get tired of it.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you have so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?
Darin’s Answer: My favorite task/activity is touring. It’s so much fun getting to travel around the world and within the U.S. showcasing our music at awesome venues and festivals. To me there’s no better career you could have...seeing the world while doing what you love with who you love. 

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?
Brooke’s Answer: Besides the Opry..I’ve always wanted to play Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. I think the sound and scenery would be so incredible. There’s something about playing at a naturally made outdoor venue of that capacity that makes you feel that much closer to God.

Lamitschka:  How do you feel about being winning several industry awards in 2017?  What has it done for your career?
Darin and Brooke Answer: The feeling after bringing home two awards within our household in 2017 was so rewarding. Not that awards are the most important thing in a career, but to know that people appreciate and recognize the hard work that goes into what you do means the world. When I (Darin) received Mentor of the Year it meant so much to him. I’ve had so many folks through the years who’ve mentored me along my musical pathway...and for me to be able to give that same advice and friendship to people coming up in the music business really allows me to know I’m making a difference while getting to be a role model. It’s an awesome feeling to realize the influence you can have on someone if you just take time to guide and give advice you’ve learned down through the years. 

When I (Brooke) won Female Vocalist I  considered it a huge honor! What an accomplishment to be recognized for a passion I’ve had since I was a child. The reality of it is still sinking in. To be in the running with ladies I admire so much in this business and considered in the top five was very humbling. The response from the audience that night as my name was called out truly melted my heart. To know my awesome husband, parents, family and friends got to share in that moment with me in this lifetime was such an emotional and happy experience🤗 

Since winning these awards, we feel people realize just how passionate and serious we are about achieving goals and the impact we want to create as musical artists. 

Lamitschka:Most careers don't last as long as yours. What's given your career the staying power?
Joint Answer: Definitely the people and them sharing with us the way we’ve impacted their lives...but also how they’ve impacted ours. To connect with people on a personal level and realize how music can be a universal language connecting us all together. Also, every ounce of heart and soul we’ve poured into making it in the music business. To realize all we’ve worked for and accomplished. The name and sound that we get to call ours is one that we’re proud of. 

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?
Joint Answer: When we get time off we love spending time with our dog Otis (a Yorkshire Terrier). Other relaxing and favorite hobbies include Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, playing Golf and working outside in our yard. Darin enjoys manicuring the yard and I love adding color by planting flowers. 

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Brooke’s Answer: I feel like my biggest critic is myself. I’ve always struggled with confidence and the thought that I can be as good at something as I choose to be. Just as Darin has been a mentor to so many...he’s been mine as well. To see how much I’ve changed from the first time I took the stage with D&B, to how I take the stage now, 10 years later, is incredible. Getting to tour and share the stage the last 3 years with John Cowan and Jimmy Fortune have definitely helped enhance my stage presence and how to better connect with an audience. Maybe that comes with age? I know as I get every opportunity I’ve ever been given has created a learning experience and stepping stone into help mold and shape the person I’ve became today. I’m thankful for all of those.

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