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Brittany Russell!

In IT-Teens on September 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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Brittany Russell

M-Teen’s Stellar Star!

Look out, Miley Cyrus! 11-year-old Memphian Brittany Russell, a student at Arlington Middle School, is already making waves in the music industry. The lead singer (she also plays piano and guitar!) of Brittany Russell & The Trunk Monkeys has performed at a number of impressive venues and shows—all before officially hitting her teen years! Sound inspiring? We think so, too! Read on for a peek inside this powerhouse performer’s background and future goals.

By Heather Whitsitt

How long have you been singing?

I started performing onstage when I was 8-years-old.  My first “real” performance was at Huey’s.

Who is your ultimate musical role model?

My aunt Becky, known to the musical world as Reba Russell!

Tell us about your band!

My band is Brittany Russell & The Trunk Monkeys, and we play clubs, festivals and shows of all sizes. My uncle, Wayne Russell, plays bass, my dad, Tommy Russell, plays guitar, my brother, Brandon Russell, plays drums, and I sing.  We started with a couple of shows opening for The Reba Russell Band, and it really just took off.

How would you describe your musical style?

Rock, Pop and Blues!  We play everything from Miley Cyrus to Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to AC/DC.  Our original material is probably like a Miley Cyrus with a heavy guitar groove.

You have already won several impressive titles at a young age. Which accomplishment has been the most rewarding so far?

Probably the state of Tennessee songwriting winner for “We Can All Make a Difference.” That song was one of my first songs I worked on, and it gave me the confidence to write more songs.

What is your next goal?

I just want to keep making music and performing and recording.  It would be cool to have a record deal and play to bigger crowds but I am having fun now.  I want to be a role model for younger kids.  Some of the kids that come to our shows tell me that I am their favorite singer, which is pretty incredible, so I want to keep singing and doing my best.

Your older brother, Brandon, is also a drummer for The Young Guns. Is there any sibling rivalry, or are you supportive of each other?

We are supportive of each other.  He is a very- very talented drummer.  I think he likes The Young Guns music better but the songs we do, we really rock out.  We may play some Miley Cyrus, but we rock it!

What advice do you have for other young girls looking to follow in your footsteps?

Never give up.  You have to really work hard.  I have a supportive family and musical influences, but it still isn’t “easy.”  Learn the proper way to sing—there is a difference! Get a good vocal coach. You can mess up your voice if you don’t sing correctly.  As far as performing, you can’t care what people think.  There will always be people that say mean things, but you have to be true to yourself. That’s what being an artist is all about.

Which venue/performance has been your favorite?

Our Brighton show—there were tons of people there.  Cameras were going off galore when I came out.  Delta Fair and Music Festival—wow that was a big stage! I loved playing the Hannah Montana Pre-Concert Party at Sweet’n’Sassy in Bartlett.  I love playing Neil’s in midtown, and I am looking forward to playing Minglewood Hall.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things could you not live without?

My Bible, cell phone (with a way to charge my phone!) and cheese dip from El Mezcal.

What is your favorite song to perform?

“You Broke my Heart into Pieces.” I wrote that by myself in about 10 minutes in the bath tub, and “Nobody’s a Nobody,” which me and my dad wrote together. It is a great dance song and a lot of fans know the words and sing along with me, which is so cool!

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