Brooke Elizabeth White (born June 2, 1983) is an American indie pop/folk-pop singer-songwriter and actress from Mesa, Arizona who was the fifth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2005, White released her first studio album, called Songs from the Attic. White’s first post-Idol album High Hopes & Heartbreak was released on July 21, 2009.
Brooke Elizabeth White was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in nearby Mesa, with three younger siblings (Katie, Tyler, and Quinn) and her parents, Brad and Kaylene, and is of English descent. She also has family members in Nova Scotia, Canada.
White started singing at 16, when she tried out for the high school musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, and earned the lead role. White was graduated from Heritage Academy high school in 2001. She, at one time, attended beauty school, and described herself as a “beauty school dropout, and shared on Idol that she started doing hair when she was eleven years old.
White auditioned for American Idol, in Philadelphia, where she sang “Like a Star” and received positive reviews from all of the judges. During her audition, she admitted to never having seen an R-rated movie, which prompted Cowell to state that he could “bring her over to the dark side.” During Hollywood week, White performed “Beautiful”, by Carole King, and accompanied herself on piano. After that performance, judges commented that White reminded them of a young Carly Simon or Carole King.