Brooke Eden Was Raised for the Spotlight

Shares Childhood Music Memories on CMT’s Next Women of Country Live

Brooke Eden began cutting her teeth in honky-tonks at an age when most were still going on play dates with pals.

Growing up, the Florida native loved singing with her dad’s country band (he was the drummer). At age five, she started playing honky-tonks with them and her love for the stage took hold.

By age 13, she’d opened for country legends Brooks & Dunn.

Eden told CMT’s Next Women of Country Live that she grew up on “straight-up country,” but found pop radio at age 14. Later in college, the “Diamonds” singer discovered Etta James and then Adele — and her sound was born.

After graduating from the University of Florida, she headed straight to Nashville, where worked and sang at Tootsie’s and eventually snagged a record deal with Broken Bow Records.

Hard work and determination pay off, and Eden is a shining example that truly does sparkle like a diamond.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.