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Brooke Parrott

"I started piano lessons when I was six," says Eugene native Brooke Parrott, seated at the keyboard in her parents' home. "I've studied piano ever since." Parrott began writing songs as a middle-schooler, when she had a band with friends. After graduation from South Eugene and a year at the UO, she worked and played music in Seattle for two years. "I wrote a lot of songs," she says. "I got a scholarship to Berklee." In two-and-a-half years in Boston, she finished a degree in songwriting and piano. "The first semester, I started a group to play my original music," she says. In her second semester, Parrott launched the organization Student Musicians Against AIDS. "We did a lot of fundraisers," she relates. "I taught myself. It was a good experience." Back in Eugene since June, Parrott has been working to complete her debut album, Another City, recorded in Boston last spring. At 7pm on May 9, she will play "bluesy Americana" songs from the CD in a release concert at Cozmic Pizza. A wine raffle will benefit LifeLovers, an AIDS education program for children in Ghana.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 24 April 2008

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