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Hamiota musician shares her love of music

Busy farmwife and mother still finds time for her longtime passion

Going back to childhood memories of wanting to make a name for herself in music, a Hamiota farmwife and mother of two is finding time to share her passion for music with community audiences.

Rebecca Brooks met her husband Justin, while studying practical nursing at Assiniboine Community College in Dauphin. It’s been five years since she has called Hamiota home, and the couple has a four-year-old son Grady and a one-year-old daughter Adley.

Outside of motherhood and farm work, the young musician/singer is now not only making a name for herself in the music world, but also thinking about releasing an album.

“Music has always been a part of my life,” said Brooks. “My mom loves music, as does my whole family, so my earliest memories are listening and dancing to all kinds and genres of music.”

Brooks (nee Espenell) began taking piano lessons at the age of five or six while growing up in the hamlet of Rossendale, situated on Highway 242, right in the middle of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 2 north of Treherne.

From then on, through piano, guitar, and singing, the music within her blossomed through a variety of genres. She taught herself to play guitar around the age of 14, when she mainly focused on country music, but now really enjoys playing classic rock.

Mainly as a solo act, Brooks has been playing in local and area communities since 2018. “I have played in Hamiota, Oak River, Rossendale, Sandy Lake, Brandon, and Souris,” said Brooks. “So far, I have played mostly in bar settings, however, it’s nice to receive calls to perform at music festivals, restaurants, summer fairs, and private events.”

Music means so much more to Brooks as it has given her freedom in so many ways. “I used music to help me through school, especially when studying, and I wrote songs to get me through rough times,” she said.

Now she has a family of her own to share a passion passed down through generations. Their daughter loves singing, while their son enjoys playing his own guitar.

“Another thing I truly enjoy about music is the happiness I can bring to others when I sing/perform,” said Brooks.

Offstage you will find Brooks either at work as an LPN, with her family, or out on the farm with her husband.

Feeling music is a form of therapy, it will continue to be an important component of Brooks’ life as she makes a name for herself as a Manitoba artist.

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