Star of our newest holiday lookbook with photographers Hazel & Pine, Brianna Falcone is quickly becoming known as one of the coolest girls on the SoCal music scene. We were lucky enough to chat with this free-spirited singer/songwriter about everything from what inspires her to how she got started in the industry.
You knew you wanted to sing at the age of 6. Tell us what that was like.
It was a feeling really. I felt a palpable connection to music and to singing in particular. It brought me indescribable joy and a sense of purpose and I just knew, even at such a young age, that I wanted to always have that feeling.
Tell us about being in your local choir.
I joined a great children's choir in my home town in Colorado when I was four. It was founded in the name of John Denver, a famous musician who lived in my town. It wasn't your typical choir - we sang The Beatles and did Elvis medleys and wore tie-dye shirts. The light, joyous atmosphere provided such a wonderful opportunity for all of us to find our voice, experience being on stage, and write our own songs.
How do you like to dress when performing?
I've always been a flowy dress kinda gal. I love to feel feminine, fluid, and powerful.
How would you describe your style?
Vintage, feminine, earthy bohemian.
What was it like to move from Colorado to LA?
Moving was the hardest and best decision of my life. It was extremely frightening to go past my comfort zone and leave the only home I ever knew. This was the first time I realized that it's only when you go past your comfort zone that you can begin to truly grow and change in a positive way. It was also great, at the age of 16, to start over and have people get to know me for who I was authentically in that moment.
Hardest part of what you do?
Getting out of my own way. I think that in song writing and in performing it's so easy for the mind to want to step in. It's easy to get lost in your thoughts, preconceived notions, and judgments. I'm constantly un-learning that habit. Constantly inviting myself to be present, in my body, and in the moment, knowing that it’s the place in which the goodness flows through. Always.
What do you love most about what you do?
Performing. Feeling the connection that happens with music. Letting people know they're not alone in their experience of life. Bringing people joy.
What was it like shooting this lookbook?
The ladies of Hazel and Pine and I have worked together quite a bit, so there was already an effortless connection. We were also blessed with an incredible make-up artist who fit right into the mix. Lots of music and dancing. The inspiring eclectic loft that we shot in was great too. A memorable day indeed.
What artists inspire you?
I like a lot of the oldies. I am drawn to their rawness and authenticity. Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake, Carol King. More recently artists like Andy Shauf, Junius Meyvant, and Rhye.
What's your writing process like?
Constantly changing. I take down words or phrases and make voice notes of melodies that come to me every day. Then I'll pick up a pen and or guitar at home, find some internal quiet, and see what truths I can find.
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?
Teaching yoga. I've been teaching for years and it's my other love. For me, it's similar to music in that I get to work on being present, getting out of my own way, and bringing others joy.
How do you stay inspired?
By staying curious and open.
Tell us about your debut EP.
My EP Lady of the Lake was such a joy to make. My producer, Matt Linesch, and I got to collaborate with many wonderful humans while recording and we finally put it out into the world a few months back. It’s a collection of three songs that center around the correlation between travel and inner realizations. The freedom that travel itself brings, and the realization that ultimately it's the inner shift of awareness and not the physical act of moving that allows us to truly feel free.
What's your go-to beauty routine?
I've always found that beauty, physical or energetic, starts from the inside out. Eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and getting good rest are my go-to’s for healthy skin, body, and mind. Though I often struggle with letting myself get the rest I need, sometimes life feels too magical to miss.
Shop the holiday collection and view our latest holiday lookbook, Shine On.
Check out Brianna's music on Spotify, the music video for Lady of the Lake and what's she up to on Instagram.