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FIRST THINGS FIRST: BROOKE WAGGONER

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Nashville, Tenn.-based singer/pianist Brooke Waggoner is making the most out of releasing her debut album, Heal for the Honey.

First came an exclusive iTunes release on Sept. 2. She will make it available worldwide on Sept. 9. And for those who like purchasing physical copies of albums in brick-and-mortar buildings, well, Waggoner will release Heal for the Honey in CD form via her own label, Swoon Moon Music, on Oct. 7.

To commemorate her first album, Waggoner recently took some time to discuss some of her other musical firsts.

First album you owned: “The first recording I can recall owning and listening to a lot was a pink cassette tape called Get in Shape, Girl! It came with pink leg warmers and a pink sweatband. Barbie would tell me what exercises to do with super awesome beats playing in the background. Guess every 6 year old needs to know how to use a dumbbell.”

First musician you had a crush on:Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls.”

First concert you attended: “When I was 15 years old, I went to hear a local band called NC2 play in Houma, about 20 miles south of where I went to high school in Louisiana — lots of sweat and people in your face. A lot like a high school dance but waaaayyyy more fun!”

First song you wrote: “When I was 9 years old, I wrote a ‘piano power ballad’ called ‘Right Now.’ You don’t even wanna know what kind of ‘anxst’ a 9 year old goes through.”

First time you realized that you wanted to pursue a career in music: “I never really knew what else to do.”

First impression of Nashville: “Exciting — full of eager and interesting people.”

First musician you met or worked with in Music City: “The first show I ever played in Music City was at Nashville’s famous dive, Springwater Supper Club. After my set, some dude in the crowd came over to talk ‘shop’ with me. He said he was a songwriter in town and wrote for all the big country folks. This may or may not have been true — I can’t remember his name.”

What you’d change now about your first solo EP, 2007’s Fresh Pair of Eyes: “Making that project was such a special experience for me. It was the first time I’d ever gotten to record my stuff the way I always wanted to hear it. I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s my baby.”

— Introduction and interview by Chris M. Junior