"Resilience takes time. You must plow through the thorny brush of life in order to feel renewed power blossom in your chest. Singer-songwriter Brooke Stephenson, of The Voice fame, took the long way home to get to such a fruitful place with her new song. “Backbone” exhibits boot-strappin’ determination to climb out of her own darkness, finding an unwavering support system, and learning to also in turn be a support beam for others. “I’ll hold you up, be your backbone,” she promises. Fiddle and guitar lather in circles around her angelic, but strong, vocal that seems to ache with ripened wisdom and pain. She’s done more than her fair share of healing, and now, she’s capable of bestowing that upon others."
"What the world needs right now most is…. Hope; And Los Angeles based, singer-songwriter Brooke Stephenson is lavishly gifting tons of aspiration with her 2nd single ‘Backbone‘ from her upcoming debut ‘Americana EP‘, set to release on May 29th. Besides the vital aid of John Spiker (Tenacious D), who undertook the production duties, Brooke’s vocal performance is filled with emotion and expression in this magnetizing, bluegrass love gem, while the fiddle and slide guitar prove to be more than Shangri-la companions. Come on, don’t hesitate. Get up & dance, and hug each other"
"Brooke Stephenson’s latest single, “Backbone,” sounds like driving down a street that goes for miles and miles, no one else on the road, your best friend in the passenger seat, and the radio blasting loud. “When your troubles are overgrown”, Stephenson belts out in the chorus, “I’ll hold you up, be your backbone”. In a time of great uncertainty, this Americana songwriter reminds us of the importance of having one another’s back.
In dreamy vocals over folksy melodies, Stephenson harmonizes out a seamless blend of soul, country and rock n’ roll, an ache in her voice like a nod towards home as she heads into a bright future."