She might be only 16-years-old, but teen singer Brooklyn Haley has already performed at the iconic Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood and had her new video – the title track from her new album ‘Runaway’ – premiered by Ryan Seacrest.
But things weren’t always so dreamy for the Texas native, who performed on the ‘No Bully’ tour and revealed that she was bullied as a teen. Brooklyn – who left those years behind and is now seeing her singing career takeoff – talked exclusively with Celebrity Teen Scoop about her new album, her early years, and has a few words of advice for other teens who are struggling with bullying.
Celebrity Teen Scoop: Congratulations on the release of your new EP and video, ‘Runaway.’ Tell us a little bit about the disc.
Brooklyn: The song ‘Runaway’ is about a girl and a guy that grew up together as best friends and realized it was more then that.
CTS: You’ve already achieved so much at the age of 16. How did you get your start and how old were you when you started performing?
Brooklyn: I was 11 when I started and saw an ad in a pop magazine and I wanted to come to California to pursue it.
CTS: You’ve played at iconic venues like the Whisky-A-Go-Go and the House Of Blues. Where did you have your very first live performance and what do you remember about it?
Brooklyn: I had my first performance at a pop camp and remember doing a cart-wheel on the stage.
CTS: How would you describe your sound, and what sets you apart from the other teen pop singers out there?
Brooklyn: My sound is Rihanna and Katy Perry style. I don’t hide anything from my fans.
CTS: You participated in the ‘No Bully’ tour, and you’ve revealed that you were bullied as a teen. Can you share a little bit about that experience with our readers?
Brooklyn: I was teased for anything I liked. They would throw my clothes away in gym. I was shoved against the lockers.
CTS: What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to another teen who is being bullied?
Brooklyn: Stay strong and things will get better.
CTS: Who is your biggest influence musically?
Brooklyn: Nicki Minaj, Rhianna and Drake
CTS: In your opinion, what’s the biggest challenge facing a young person trying to make it in the business?
Brooklyn: The biggest challenge is its a very competitive industry with so many challenges.
CTS: Friends, family, school – how do you balance all of it with your busy recording and performing schedule?
Brooklyn: It’s not easy but I try to stay well grounded and adjust as best as I can.
CTS: What’s the next exciting project you have coming up?
Brooklyn: I have a new song called ‘Happy Ever After’ featuring Steal The Scenery and a music video coming out.
Check out Brooklyn’s video for ‘Runaway’: