Meredith Brooks

Born Meredith Ann Brooks in Oregon City, Oregon (just outside Portland) on June 12, 1958

Grew up in Corvallis, Oregon with mother, sister and brother

Parents divorced. Father was local county sheriff; currently retired

Learned to play guitar at age 11

Graduated high school at 15, one and a half years early (skipped grades)

Played in a variety of Portland and Seattle bands, selling records from the stage, writing songs, and recording many demo tapes. One of these, recorded in 1984, was released in 1997 as See It Through My Eyes
Moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and continued performing in bars

In 1988, joined Charlotte Caffey's new group, The Graces, with Gia Ciambotti. They released 1 album in 1989, Perfect View by A & M Records. The Graces split up in 1992

Meredith married Russell Jackson and returned to performing at LA clubs