Brokop comes home to the Fraser Valley

Lisa Brokop plays Chilliwack on Sept. 3. - Submitted
Lisa Brokop plays Chilliwack on Sept. 3.
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Lisa Brokop has lived in Nashville for two decades, but the Fraser Valley still feels like home.

“I love flying in and seeing the mountains and the ocean,” the country singer says. “There’s nothing more beautiful than that.”

Brokop started her long country music journey in Surrey 20 years and seven albums ago, and her path brings her to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre this fall for a performance on Sept. 3.

This tour—promoting a new album out on Sept. 23—is the latest stop of a lifelong love that started when she was just a kid.

“I always loved to sing, from the time I was three or four years old. I’d go on my swing set and I would sing—I would swing and sing, and that was my thing,” she says with a laugh. “I just loved it. I was always singing and making up little songs.”

When she was seven years old, she learned that Nashville was the capital of country music, and resolved to move there.

“That was my focus, from then on,” she says. “I always knew—that was it. There was never a question in my mind of if it was going to happen.”

With a lot of practice, a healthy helping of determination, and more than a little talent, Brokop’s had a long and healthy run in the country music business—and she’s far from finished.

“It’s kind of amazing!” she says. “After all these years, you take different paths and you go different directions.

“I could say, ‘Oh, yes—it feels like the first time,’ but that’s not true. And I think there’s good that comes with that. I still love that feeling of being on a stage . . . but I feel like I know myself so much more than I did when I was in my 20s.”

Brokop has played everything from intimate venues to shows with 17,000 audience members.

But perhaps her favourite—and most indifferent—fan is five-year-old daughter Ivy.

“She definitely loves music, but it’s really hard to say what she thinks,” Brokop says with a laugh. “She writes her own little songs now, because she’s surrounded all the time with us writing. I’m not sure she realizes not everybody’s parents do that.”

And while it’s difficult to be away from family, Brokop’s excited to get back on the road and tour in the valley where she grew up.

“The touring is my favourite part—just getting out there and singing live—because that’s how I started. That’s how everybody starts, just singing.

“I love that feeling when the note just rings out true, or the sound of a three-part harmony that’s just ringing dead on. I just love that.”

• Lisa Brokop will be at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range between $27 and $32, and are available at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or at 604-391-7469.

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