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Stephanie Brownlee


With her new single "Keep It Real" out and meeting Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac its been a great few months for Stepahnie Brownlee and this is before her album is even released.

Stepahnie took some time out to talk to us here at The Cairns Review...

A lot of people when they are 17 are thinking about finishing high school, formals and boys...how does it feel to be in the middle of launching your career?

It feels amazing…I mean I got to do all of those things; I got to finish high school, I went to my formal, I still do think about boys haha! There’s always time to think about boys, I’m 17! So doing all of that, whilst being in the middle of launching my career is amazing, I’m getting the best of both worlds.


Do you get time to do the normal 17 year old thing?

Of course! I go to the beach as much as I can, I see my friends and go out to parties with them and I go to the movies, you know the normal 17 year old thing to do. I still get to do all of those things, I just work it around my work schedule. Because my work definitely comes before my play.  I’m trying to make the most of it right now because my schedule is getting busier and busier.


Your debut album “Keep It Real” doesn’t come out for another 4 months do you kind of wish it was just out there now?

All the time! It’s funny you ask me that, because for the past week I’ve been saying that non stop! I never imagined how eager I would be to get it out there. I always knew it was going to be exciting, but I thought I’d just roll with it and let it take it’s time. And I have been doing that, but the eagerness hasn’t left me. It’s like trying to keep the worlds biggest secret…you just want to tell the world!


How would you describe what the new album will be like?

I would describe my album to be up, fun, young and fresh. With all the songs I found something that resonated with me because they’re songs all about being a teenager, and that involves all the fun and the difficulty side of things. Although my songs are aimed at a younger audience, they seem to be appealing to a wide range of people. I just hope everyone loves it as much as I do.


What was it like meeting Fleetwood Mac?

It was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. I got to meet Mick Fleetwood. Mick Fleetwood! It’s crazy. He was such a genuine and cool guy. And not only did I get to meet him, but I met his wife and his two twin daughters. They’re all wonderful. When my manager asked me if I wanted to go to see the show, straight away I was like YES! But I never expected I would be going backstage to meet with the whole gang. So cool! And he even invited my manager and his family and myself to his house in Hawaii sometime this year. So I hope that’s something that I’ll definitely do this year.


Did you get to meet Stevie Nix?

 Unfortunately, no. But I did meet Mick Fleetwood, so there’s always a chance! I’ve been told that’s going to happen in Hawaii sometime later this year.


Did the guys from Fleetwood Mac offer you any advice in terms of your journey into the career of a musician?

Yes, Mick did. He told me that I had what it takes to make it, so keep doing what you do and don’t let anyone steer you away or tell you that you can’t do it, because you can.


You supported the McClymonts what was the funniest thing that happend on that tour?

My mum came to one of the shows with me, and in the down time when you’re not doing the shows…you can sometimes get a little bored. So mum and I decided it would be a good idea to short sheet Dennis’ bed whilst he was out.  So we waited a couple hours for his arrival. Mum and I were just laying down on our bed watching Tv and mum just looked at me as he was attempting to get under his sheets. It was the funniest thing! You should have seen the confusion on his face. He was so confused with why he couldn’t get under it. And once mum looked at me I burst out laughing and Dennis knew straight from then. He literally had to try his hardest to rip the sheets off because mum did such a good job tucking everything in. You know how good mums are, It was like a hospital made bed.


Will you be touring to support the launch of your new album? Do you think you will make it up to Cairns?

Definitely! We will be doing a tour around Australia to support the album around May. And of course we’ll be in Cairns! I was in Cairns when I supported the McClymonts and I got to see Cairns for the first time, so I can’t wait to get back. It’s so beautiful, I love the place!

You can catch up with all of Stephanie's news on her website