Brook Chivell was born and raised in the western outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria. His love for country music began at an early age when he would spend hours immersed in his father’s record collection. He was baptized in the sounds of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams Sr., Charlie Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis and his favourite, Buddy Holly.
After learning piano at school, Brook started singing in the school choir where he became a soloist. However, it was in Year 12 when he first picked up a guitar. This would prove to be a life-changing event and marked the beginning of a love and obsession that continues to this day. Brook practiced relentlessly and was soon performing in local bands. His guitar abilities were quickly recognized and earned him a highly contested and coveted position as guitarist and backing vocalist in one of the top Melbourne cover bands performing five nights per week at major live venues across the city. He transitioned to lead vocalist and guitarist in subsequent bands. However, this was serving a bigger purpose for Brook, which was to write, record and release his own country music. In 2008, he formed The Brook Chivell Band with some of Melbourne’s hottest musicians.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 2011. Brook wrote or co-wrote the majority of songs and served as co-producer and co-engineer. He sang lead vocals, played rhythm and lead guitar (acoustic and electric), banjo, mandolin, percussion, and keyboards. The album spawned five singles (Drive On, Thrills ‘N’ Spills, Let’s Stay In, Thank You, and Only A Man), all of which made an impressive mark in the Top 10 on the KIX/Hot Country chart. Another single called ‘Till It’s Gone’ followed in 2016.
Over the past four years Brook has toured extensively both with the Brook Chivell Band and as a solo performer. Performing at some of Australia’s most prestigious Country Music Festivals, including Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, Sydney Country Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and supporting acts such as Adam Brand, Troy Kemp, Morgan Evans, Wolfe Brothers, Matt Cornell and Travis Collins, has allowed Brook the luxury of building a passionate fan base and earning him the title of being one of Australia’s most respected and powerful new acts.
After a lot of soul searching, Brook decided to leave the band behind to become a solo performer after being selected for the Top 10 in the 2017 Starmaker held at Tamworth Country Music Festival in June 2017, Brook released his debut solo single and music video Hot Country Girl’ to rave reviews on both country radio and Foxtel’s Country Music Television.
2018 was another big year for Brook with the release of ‘Outta My Song’ and also performing at high profile events such as Groundwater Country Music Festival and Gympie Music Muster.
His lastest single, a duet with Natalie Pearson, ‘I Wonder What You Kiss Like’ is currently sittting In the top 10 of quite a few country music charts around Australia.
First CD Purchase:
Was a vinyl, not CD
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Can bake a mean cake!