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Lorelei McBroom was born in LA and grew up with folk, rock 'n roll, pop, jazz, and soul music. Her family was progressive in their approach to her upbringing. She has worked with acts like Billy Idol, Chris Isaak, Miki Howard and Rod Stewart. In addition, she has toured with Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. Her credits include a long list of A list musicians, as well as appearing at the 1988 Grammy Awards. Aside from her prolific singing career, Lorelei has a jewelry brand and is deeply involved on the production end of the music business.
Lorelei recently started a fundraiser with her sister, Durga. They launched a joint website http://mcbroomsisters.com
Since she was a child and while she is off the road, Lorelei has been making and selling jewelry online as a side business.
Lorelei turned down further touring opportunities to raise her young child for 20 years and is glad she did. She mostly did session work locally to make a living.
It was far more important for her to gain good rapport with her child and not have to deal with other’s parenting him, even though she had to work odd jobs and live at a low wage compared to what she making singing with rock stars.
After 20 years, her son Miles told her to go back to what she does and just a month later she was blessed with a tour with Rod Stewart. She feels like she was really rewarded for her sacrifice.
Lorelei spoke about the importance of parental consistency in raising her child. She reflected on how much of the youth she had encountered whom were shuffled between different parental figures and didn’t have someone they could fully trust and speak deeply to.
Not being able to afford private school and disenchanted by public schools in Harlem, for the entire fifth grade, Lorelei homeschooled her son and reflects on how it was a great foundation for him. She stimulated a thirst for learning in him and he ended up watching discovery science instead of cartoons in the morning by choice.
Lorelei has a background in marketing and during her time away from touring, she worked doing A&R for smaller independent companies. She studied production, publishing, management, songwriting and met some great contacts at UCLA.
In reflecting on the current state of affairs in the music business, Lorelei says she has seen a lot more success attained through alternate marketing avenues such as podcasts and YouTube than through labels.
Most of Lorelei’s social media marketing efforts revolve around Facebook, as that’s where the majority of her followers commune. On there, she maintains several pages including her joint efforts with her sister, Durga as well as her jewelry page. She is just starting to get into Instagram and her Twitter is just linked to post her Facebook content. She has an administrator and is looking to hire additional help so she can focus more on creating jewelry and music.
Lorelei posts historical and political content on her page to highlight the positive aspects of the Africa American experience. She believes stereotypes are created by what people are exposed to. She wants to counteract the negative stories with more empowering ones.
As a college student, Lorelei’s father had visited the Whitehouse and later knew Martin Luther King and even debated Malcolm X. This had a huge impact on Lorelei and she uses her reach to share an alternative point of view.
Lorelei makes a great point in saying that Americans do not travel enough. They think we are the best at everything and we are really not… There are cultures that we know very little about, that we really should get to know.
She believes it is important to, for the sake of history, get to know where we came from to understand some of the philosophies behind some of the actions that we take now and perhaps respecting some of that because some of it came out of wisdom.
Lorelei’s mother, a medical doctor, used to say, “Keep your tone up,” referring to keeping up your spirits in order to bring about better circumstances in her life. Lorelei is a strong believer that you manifest your experiences and stays keenly aware of where her head is at. Her mother said that if you keep your tone up, you’ll be less likely to develop diseases.
Getting her rest is something Lorelei is very selfish about. She feels that is very important.
She has been involved in some sort of meditation on and off since early in her life.
Lorelei spends little time with negative people. She is quick to isolate herself or cut off someone who is weighing her down. She said he doesn’t have time for that.
She goes on that although you may not always have a choice in what comes about, you do have a choice in how you respond, and that’s the biggest lesson that people need to learn to stop repeating the same mistakes.
In encountering certain individuals who behaved kind and curious to her, Lorelei chose to model these people and strive to treat others the same way.
For fitness, as part of her performance, Lorelei dances for the most part.
Lorelei takes a few supplements. Some of what she takes is a green supplement, liver detoxes,
As for her goals for the future, Lorelei wants to continue to perform, produce, and do work in film or something visual. Her son has written a science fiction story and she would love to bring it to life in some medium.
Her one message for all musicians is that, to have a sensibility to tap into what is musical talent is very special. Cherish what it is to have that skill, and work at your craft, practice, study and learn about who contributed to the music you love now and share it with people who come after you.