NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Taking My Voice Back, the Burtonwood Records debut from Louisiana-based singer/songwriter Brooke Robertson, is set to release March 27. Produced by Jeremy Holderfield (Seventh Day Slumber, Nathan Sheridan), the 11-song set—all co-penned by Robertson—showcases buoyant, country-tinged pop anthems alongside poignant ballads, each song a testament to the hope, healing and joy Roberston is embracing along her journey.
The vulnerable, deeply personal title-cut and lead single stands as the album’s centerpiece and marks the first time Robertson has shared her story as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Harboring her pain for years, writing the song proved a therapeutic process as Robertson was ultimately able to forgive her abuser.
“It was something I promised myself I would never talk about, and for 15 years I was numb to it,” she says of the abuse. “As I was writing the song, I felt in my heart that I needed to contact my abuser. I was able to tell that person I forgave them, and that God forgives and loves them too. To be able to share Jesus with someone who hurt me was something I didn’t even know I needed. I thought all these years I was ok, but there was a deeper healing in store for me, and God knew that.”
“No matter what someone has been through, I hope ‘Taking My Voice Back’ can help them find healing through forgiveness,” she adds. “There is power in forgiveness. I want people to find that freedom.”
Additional highlights of the project include album opener “Just Be You,” an upbeat anthem of encouragement to live authentically; “Purpose For The Pain,” inspired by a health crisis Robertson’s mother faced during her pregnancy with the artist; “Why Are You Waiting,” a duet with Dove Award-winning Building 429 frontman Jason Roy; and the tender closing track, “See You Here,” a tribute to Robertson’s grandmother, featuring her Burtonwood Records labelmate and childhood friend, Nathan Sheridan.
“I hope this album will help others feel empowered and encouraged to let hurt go, extend forgiveness and fully embrace who God created them to be,” Robertson says. “I want people to find freedom from their hurt and pain and walk into the calling God has for their lives.”
Nashville Label Group and its pop imprint, Burtonwood Records, were established in 2018 by Joseph Rojas, Seventh Day Slumber founder and frontman and creator of the popular City RockFest and Summer RockFest Tours. In addition to Robertson, Burtonwood Records’ lineup features acclaimed singer/songwriter Nathan Sheridan, Arkansas-based pop/worship band After Grace and GRAMMY®-nominated Fireflight lead vocalist Dawn Michele. The label is distributed by New Day Christian Distributors, with digital distribution by Capitol Christian Music Group.
“I want what You want.”
Those words gave a college student from a small town in Southeast Louisiana the peace and courage to surrender her path to God.
Music wasn’t always on the radar for Brooke Robertson. As a twelve year old, you’d just as soon find her riding on a four-wheeler as you would sittingbehind a piano. It was on youth nights at her church that she found her singing voice.
“That led to me singing in front of the church on a talent night which led to me singing on the worship team.”
Even though she loved the feelings that go along with singing live; telling stories and making a genuine connection with the audience, Robertson didn’t have aspirations of making music a career… at least, not yet.
For most people, college years are supposed to be a time to gain focus and clarity, a time to figure out what you want to do. No, what you’re supposed to do. Instead, Robertson found herself unsure of what God’s plan was for her life. She applied to graduate schools. She took entrance exams.
She was denied.
“I didn’t want to accept the fact that maybe my plan for school was not going to happen. It took me being broken and confused to finally let it all go and give everything to God. I prayed ‘I want what You want, God’.”
Enter Jeremy Holderfield. The Seventh Day Slumber guitarist and producer had seen some videos of Robertson performing cover songs, and wanted her to come to Nashville to write some original material. Still hesitant, she decided to make the journey. They ended up writing and recording four songs, her firstEP, and Robertson found her clear purpose.
“That’s when I knew that this is what God wanted me to do. He has continued to open doors, and I will continue to walk through them.”
Influenced musically by such luminaries as Natalie Grant and Mandisa, Robertson writes about herexperiences, as well as things that weigh heavily on her heart.
“There is something special about music that is very real and raw. It shows personality and individuality, but doesn’t lose sight of the message.”
Part of that message holds the wisdom and perseverance instilled by her parents and grandparents, which is the ability to trust your faith when faced with adversity. This is something she hopes everyone will take away from listening to her music.
“I hope that whenever people are facing struggles, they give them over to God and trust Him. The journey of discovering God’s purpose for your life is something I think we can all relate to, and I believe with my whole heart that true joy is found when you give everything over to Him. God reveals to us in verses what we need at that exact moment in our lives.”