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B.W.D With: Brooke Valentine + Meelah (702) + The 8thGraders

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In 2005, fans and critics alike were enthralled by music sensation Brooke Valentine. It was her dynamic single, “Girlfight,” featuring Lil Jon and Big Boi, taken from her debut full-length project, Chain Letter (Virgin Records), that helped propel album sales to 300,000 copies worldwide. Now, she is back —with a new focus, a higher sense of purpose, and most of all, exciting new music!

 

Brooke Valentine is ecstatic about the release of her long-awaited album Forever (Subliminal Ent/Universal) and its upbeat title track single, called "Forever"—her first collection of all-new material in four years. The album is a celebration of life, family, and Valentine’s new-found freedom. She does not completely shed her sexy and fun-girl image, but the tragic loss of a family member, a complicated pregnancy, raising a special needs son, and a long battle to be released from Virgin Records certainly have affected her perspective.

 

“A lot of fans have been asking where I have been,” she says, referring to her extended hiatus from the music business. “You know, I’ve been singing since I was 12 years-old; so by the time songs like ‘Girlfight’ and the Chain Letter album hit, I’d been doing this for quite a while. In this world, you just can’t have all career and no balance.  I gave birth to my son London, who I love and adore. He requires a bit more attention than what the average parent has to give to a child. I’d been fighting to be released from the deal with Virgin Records. I was no longer in love with the industry and with the politics that go with it. I needed a break. I needed to live life. But I want my fans to know, though, that I never fell out of love with mus

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