Brennley Brown’s Faith Shines on Hit TV Show The Voice
The music industry is not the best place to find positive female role models. In fact, it’s hard not to fall for the idea that depravity and raunch rule in the modern popular music culture. This is why Brennley Brown stands out, shining the light of her faith like a city on a hill.
At only 14, Brennley was one of the youngest artists to perform on the 12th season of The Voice, an Emmy-winning reality television show widely known for uncovering new singing talent.
The popular show has over 13 million viewers. Country music-loving and God-fearing Brennley was one in 46,000 who auditioned. She advanced to the “Blind Auditions” which are based solely on the artist’s voice. If one of the coaches—Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine — is impressed, he or she will push a button to select the artist for their team and the coach’s chair will swivel so they can face who they selected. Shelton and Keys both turned their chairs securing Brennley’s spot on the popular show.
“A lot of excitement and nerves were tied that day, but I grounded myself in my faith and gave it my all. It’s one of those life moments where you just have to go for it and I’m so glad I did. I told myself I’d be grateful for any chair to turn,” said Brown, now 15.
Brown spent her early childhood years on a ranch in Apple Valley, CA and was introduced to her love of country music at the age of 6. She told The Voice judges her musical inspirations growing up were Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, the Highwaymen and Faith Hill.
Week after week, Brennley received enough votes from fans across the nation to keep her in the competition. But that changed when eight remaining artists was cut in half and Brennley found herself singing for a save and the last remaining spot. After the votes came in, her run on the show was over, finishing in the top 6.
I had the honor of interviewing Brennley after she helped lead worship at Redeemer Church in her hometown.
How has your faith in God influenced your singing journey?
“You know, I think throughout my whole life, I’ve always had a relationship with God that comes first. My parents have made it clear: God needs to come first. Through my singing, my goal is sharing that message—through any song I sing, about God’s love and how powerful God is. Trying to share Him in a way where, without even a word, people can see Him in us. He’s just carried me throughout this industry and I’m grateful for that.
What helps you stay grounded in the music industry?
My church family and singing on the worship team. My parents have taught me to put Him first. School is very important. I have one really close friend that is just a beautiful soul. We talk regularly and pray together. I think that’s how I stay grounded.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse or book of the Bible?
I do a devotion every single day with my mom and on my own. It’s so crazy how God works, especially through this process on The Voice. I’d read a devotion on the day of a performance and it was like God was saying, ‘Here you go.’ It was the perfect verse to help me. I love the book of Psalms. That’s definitely my favorite. I know a lot of people like that one too.
As a role model for young girls, how would you encourage them (especially Christians) to go for their dreams while staying true to their faith?
Trust God with your whole heart. Know that He has the perfect plan for you. Don’t rely on yourself or worry about what you can do, but let Him do the work in your life. Trust Him and pray for His will. And right now, the world needs love. I think sharing a message of hope and encouragement is what we need now. I would say just be yourself. Let God shine through you in anything you do. I would say God has given each of us a gift to use for His glory. Use whatever gift He’s given you. And God will show you what that gift is.
Never give up. Before the Voice, I was going through a time where I didn’t think I could do it. I genuinely thought I should just focus on school and not worry about the singing even though it’s what I wanted so badly, ya know. Just praying for God’s will and trusting Him. He had the perfect timing and I now know that. Looking back, I didn’t know that. I didn’t see what God was going to do. But I’m very grateful.
Never give up. Believe in yourself. Trust God.
What’s the most exciting memory from being on the Voice?
Oh, there were lots. But one that really stands out is on my way home this last time. It’s so good to be back, by the way! I became close to a contestant and she called me on my way home. She said, ‘there’s something special about you. Your message is so much bigger than this show!’
What did you learn through the experience on The Voice?
Trust Him. You can’t rely on yourself. So many things were out of your control being on The Voice—politically, what song I’d sing. But God already knew. I saw the contestants feeling more and more pressure and fear as the show went on. God gave me peace. I just sang for Him and was myself. I learned to pray for that peace.
What do you like to do when you’re not singing?
I love to ride horses. I have two horses at home named Pride and Tootsie Roll. I miss riding my horses since I’ve been gone and hoping to see them tomorrow. I love animals and going to the river, spending time with my friends and my family. I like going to church. I love to travel and I’m so looking forward to going to Nashville. I’m so excited about that! I just love exploring the world.
What’s next for your music career?
I’m leaving for Nashville in June. I’ll be going to the CMA (Country Music Association) Fest. Blake Shelton and many other artists will be there doing their own original music. That’s something I’ve always wanted. I’ll be writing music. I want to keep my message of love and encouragement. I pray that God continues to work in me to share Him. There’s lots of darkness in the industry. I want to be a light. Also, I’ve been asked by Greg Laurie to sing at The Harvest Crusade in both Phoenix and Anaheim. I’m very excited about that.
After singing on the worship team, Brennley answered questions and finished by saying, “Thank you for your prayers. It’s been hard, really hard.” She paused briefly, tears filling her eyes. “But the good far outweighs the bad. Thank you all for voting for me and for your prayers, my church family.”
For more information on Brennley, follow her on Twitter @BrennleyBrown, visit www.brennleybrown.com or search “Brennley Brown” on Facebook.
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Such an inspirational young lady, Beckie, and what a thrill it must have been to interview her. My bet is she will go far in this life!
Martha, yes she is! It’s amazing at her age to handle the pressures of becoming a celebrity all while keeping her faith in Jesus. Come to think of it, Jesus is the reason she’s been able to handle it! Let’s keep her and her family in our prayers.
Brennley was my favorite! Such a beautiful voice and sweet spirit singing for Jesus.
Josie, Brennley is the real deal. Let’s keep her in our prayers as she shines her light in a dark industry.
Beckie — great and inspirational piece – you know me – I love great stories about great people. Nice job.
Thank you for sharing this! It really Blessed me and made me cry (a good cry!) I’m praying for Brennley …what a precious girl and example of Christ!
Mary, I’m joining you in prayer for Brennley to stay “attached to the vine” and stand firm in her faith. The music industry needs the light of Jesus! I’m so proud of this young woman.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Grace and peace to you and yours!
Del, me too! I hope others (especially teens) will be inspired to go for their dreams while seeking first God’s will as Brennley has demonstrated.