Brit Drozda is a recording artist and singer-songwriter based in Charlotte, NC. She has been writing music for over 15 years and has performed live all over the US with her original material and as a lead singer in a band called The Prices.
Brit continues to write as life and stories inspire her, never ceasing to quiet her voice. Influenced by Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, and Coldplay, she brings a soulful voice and poetic lyrics to her listeners. Her sound has been likened to KT Tunstall, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones. After a brief hiatus from performing, Brit returns to the music world with her album Let Me Hang the Moon and continues her pursuit with the hopes to grow as an artist and to create songs that will inspire people.
Noteworthy: Tell us a little about your background. How did you get your start in music?
Brit: Music has always been a part of my life. From the time he was 2, my older brother always asked for musical instruments instead of toys. As he introduced me to each new sound, I followed his lead and became curious about music too. Living in New York, just outside of the city, I was able to see Show Boat on Broadway in 2nd grade. The music and amazing voices of the cast changed my life. I wanted to be able to belt out a number like a lead in a musical and could not stop singing “Can’t Help Lovin’ that Man of Mine”.
I also played classical piano from age 4 through high school. I started writing songs in high school. When I went to Davidson College, I continued with classical piano, but found that I wanted to keep working at my songwriting. After college, I came out with my first album, Move Me. New to the world of recording, I didn’t know how I wanted to sound. Naively, I didn’t know that you could even have a “sound” that defined you. At the time, I was into pop and Sarah Bareilles. When it came to production, I thought I’d like to sound similar to her. The songs didn’t resonate with me and I quickly moved on to my next project. I wrote songs with my brother and we started a pop band called The Prices. We recorded and toured between 2009-2010. I continued writing and performing while living in Chapel Hill, NC. After a brief hiatus from music, in 2013, I began to miss being able to express myself through my songs. I had my son and became inspired by where I was in life. I came to realize that time goes too fast to let myself give up on my passion. After writing “Let Me Hang the Moon,” I needed to record it. I felt compelled to share my music again and I am so excited to do so.
Noteworthy: Who are your favorite musicians/songwriters?
Brit: I love songwriters who perform their original work. Sia, Ingrid Michaelson, and Brandi Carlile are a few of my favorites. Norah Jones and Adele are also influences of mine too. I love their vocals and could listen to them sing all day long. I also love listening to Coldplay’s music.
Noteworthy: Tell us a little about your album “Let Me Hang the Moon” and meaning behind its name.
Brit: “Let Me Hang the Moon” is a collection of some of my favorite songs that I’ve written over the past several years. The title comes from the song in the album. I am in awe of how my children see me at this point in time. In their eyes and at their young ages, I’m perceived as superhuman. While I know I’m flawed and far from a superhero, I’d love to preserve this time where I can “Hang the Moon.”
Noteworthy: What inspired the album?
Brit: After writing “Let Me Hang the Moon” and “In Heaven," I had this burning desire to get back into the studio. I could hear how I wanted to record them in my head and felt like people would relate to their overall messages. It had been a while since I last recorded and had several other songs that I felt needed to be heard.
The title track was a huge inspiration for the album. My son was a year and a half old and I was having a tough day with him. He was entering terrible twos early and my patience and energy were at an all time low. When I began to wish the day away, I realized that he was at such a precious age and I needed to realize how fleeting the time would be. The song was my reminder that there would only be a short period of time where my son would see me as someone with all the answers, as the person who could comfort him when he hurt himself, and as a superhero.
Noteworthy: What is the biggest thing you want listeners to take away after listening to “Let Me Hang the Moon”?
Brit: I place a lot of emphasis on lyrics. I want listeners to take in each song and be able to enjoy the story or sentiment of each one. For my listeners who are parents, I hope they can appreciate the lyrical content of “Let Me Hang the Moon” and “You Are.” Both songs were inspired by my children and being in awe of this early time in their lives. “In Heaven,” is a song that was based on a true love story of my husband’s late grandparents. They were married for over 65 years and passed away within 3 days of each other. Their love story resonated with me and I quickly wrote “In Heaven,” days after their passing. Both “In Heaven” and “Let Me Hang the Moon” were the songs that led me back into the studio. I just felt like people would relate to them and they needed to be heard.
Noteworthy: Where can people find your music?
Brit: iTunes, Spotify, and the music video “Let Me Hang the Moon” is on Vimeo and Youtube. I also have a Pandora channel.
Noteworthy: Do you have any upcoming shows?
Brit: March 24th 9pm at Petra’s in Charlotte, NC. I will have a CD release show showcasing songs from the album.
Noteworthy: How has motherhood influenced your music?
Brit: Another takeaway from this project was that prior to having children I had this skewed perspective that once I had kids, I’d have to abandon all previous forms of myself to be the best mom possible. Since I hadn’t “made it” in the music world prior to kids, there was a slim possibility of it being worth pursuing post children.
But this project was inspired by the idea that my best songs are yet to be written and my best shows are yet to be played. There is always the possibility for growth if you continue to work at your craft. My children oddly enough were what empowered me to get back into my music and to write music that I can take pride in sharing.