Mormon Channel Blog

    Q&A with Singer/Songwriter, Brooke White

    November 6, 2014

    The Meaning Behind Brooke White's New Music Video, "Something Divine"

    American Idol alum, wife, mother, blogger, and recording artist Brooke White has had her 15 minutes of fame and then some. Being in the spotlight, however, has strengthened her faith in the Savior and in her conviction of her identity as a daughter of God. It is this testimony that you can hear and see beautifully in her new exclusive music video for the Mormon Channel, “Something Divine.”

    Your new song, “Something Divine” is about turning toward the light of God to find your potential and worth in Him. Why do you think every woman needs to learn to do that now?

    It's an interesting time for women. The megaphone of the world is blaring with messages that we're supposed to be free and empowered; we're told we can be anything and everything we want to be. There is a pressure to do it all and to have it all. It's easy to get caught up; many of us are constantly striving for a life beyond our reach. We wear ourselves thin with excessive busyness, and we struggle to keep up with the endless to-do's. We internalize these messages, and it's easy to feel like we're not doing enough, we don't have enough, and that we aren't enough. So many of us are plagued with shame and guilt in our inability to measure up. In efforts to fill the holes in our souls we get swept away in consumerism and materialism that never seems to satisfy. Our constant engagement in social media creates a disconnect from our real lives and tempts us to compare ourselves, our bodies, our homes, our clothes, our accomplishments, our possessions, our children, our marriages, and our progress, and it almost always leads to unhappiness and a sense of lacking. Sadly, we as women are often hardest on ourselves and on each other. We judge and blame and defend—all in pursuit of feeling approved, worthy, beautiful, important, and appreciated. I know that when I find my head and my heart troubled by it all, I have to stop and refocus. It takes patience and an awareness of thought and intention turned to action. I have to put down the phone or slow down and find stillness, to be present in the moment, and to look up to the light, literally. I find when I take a step outside and I feel the sun on my face, I feel God. I feel that He is there and knows me. I feel understood by the Savior because I know that He has felt it all. I feel loved despite my inability to be everything to everyone. This is the true source of worth. It is both simple and yet incredibly powerful, yet not necessarily easy to come by; it takes time, it takes work. We forget and then we remember. That is what this song is about.

    How do you keep perspective and remind yourself of your divine worth every day in a world with shifting values?

    I wish I could remind myself every day. The truth is it's hard. Some days are better than others. But it comes back to the basics; for me it's all about prayer and striving to keep that line of communication open with God. Sometimes I miss a morning prayer, but I can turn off the radio in my car for a minute and just pray out loud while I'm driving to Target to pick up more milk and toilet paper. Of course it's best to get down on your knees, but there is no better time to pray then when you need to pray, no matter where you are. I have prayed in bathroom stalls, dressing rooms; I have prayed silently in my head and heart in a crowded room of people. This connection with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that I find through prayer is what keeps my perspective in check and helps me to navigate life in all of its complicated choices and challenges.

    How are you teaching your daughter about self-worth now?

    One particular thing that I try to really be mindful of is the way I talk to her and the things I tell her. While I think she is the cutest, most prettiest thing on the planet, I try to limit how often I say things like "you're so cute" and "you're so pretty," because I don't want the foundation of her worth to be built upon just her exterior and looks. Of course she has the most darling face and gorgeous golden curly hair, but even more beautiful and sparkly is her spunky spirit and personality—so vibrant, curious, interesting, quirky, caring, feisty, creative, and funny! I love to compliment her creativity when she builds something out of random objects she collects around the house, or let her know how much I appreciate when she helps me pick up her toys. She often pats me on the back, looks at my face, and asks me, "Momma, are you OK?" and it overwhelms me with love for her sense of empathy and compassion at such a young age. These are the parts of her I am trying to foster the most. But especially when she is doing nothing at all, when we're riding in the car or hanging out, I tell her how awesome she is and that I love her. Because while I want her to feel confidence in herself and her abilities, I don't want her to feel like she constantly has to perform or do something to feel loved and approved of. I love her just because she is my daughter! In this way parenting has helped me to better comprehend God's love for His children.

    How has music been an uplifting influence in your life?

    Music has always been there; it's my favorite thing. Both my mom and dad are lovers of music and raised us with the same enthusiasm and appreciation for it. Instead of watching TV, we were listening to music. It was always playing on Saturdays while we were cleaning the house, or while after school jumping on the trampoline in the backyard we'd listen to an old jukebox that we had, full of my parents’ old 45s. We would take drives at night and on Sundays just to listen to the oldies station. Music is something that has always bonded us together and helped us through the hard times. We inherited my great-grandma Tuti's piano when I was seven. My dad knew how to play a handful of songs pretty well, and I was enamored. I remember sitting at that piano for the first time, my fingers were like magnets to the keys; they just seemed to know where to go and what to play. It all felt very natural and familiar, like recalling information I already knew. This innate understanding of music has been at the foundation of my faith and connected me spiritually at a young age. I took about three lessons but never learned to read music; I just trusted my ear. Throughout my teenage years I would sit at the piano and play for hours. It was my therapy, and still is. I didn't start singing till I was 16. I was shy and not excited by the sound of my voice. It's taken a long time to accept it and find confidence in it. I started writing my own songs when I was 20 and felt guided to move to California and pursue a path in music. Developing these talents has been challenging, hard, scary, and extraordinarily fulfilling and has taught me the importance of relying upon the Spirit. Music continues to play a very important role in my life, and it has been made known to me through the years that it's something the Lord intended me to use on this earth to help others feel less alone.

    Get a free song download of "Something Divine."