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Lisa Brokop talks about her country single ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Heels’

Canadian country artist Lisa Brokop chatted about her new single “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Hells,” where she collaborates with Georgette Jones.

Lisa Brokop
Lisa Brokop. Photo Credit: Jessica Frazier
Lisa Brokop. Photo Credit: Jessica Frazier

Canadian country artist Lisa Brokop chatted about her new single “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Hells,” where she collaborates with Georgette Jones.

George Jones released “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” in 1985, why did you decide to release “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Heels” with daughter, Georgette Jones, now? 

I think there’s a longing these days for nostalgia and to connect with what once was. I certainly include myself in that.

I was getting ready to head out on the road with my ‘Legendary Ladies of Country’ show and just happened to randomly hear “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, and it struck me that none of the legendary ladies were mentioned in it.

I couldn’t help myself, I just had to rewrite the song to finally include the women of country music. Having Georgette Jones singing on the re-written track with such emotion brings us all a bit closer to the memories of these legendary ladies.

You signed with Sony/Columbia records in 1998 and put an album out called, ‘When You Get to Be You” featuring a top 10 smash hit, “Better Off Broken.” What was it like recording and touring in the 90’s with the likes of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Marty Stewart, Clay Walker and many other legendary musicians vs. now working with Chuck Rhodes at BFD/Audium Records? 

I sometimes wish that I could take my youth of the ‘90s and mix it with my mindset of today. In that time of my life, I got to share stages with some amazing artists! I really enjoyed it but things were moving so fast and think I took some of it for granted.

Sometimes I wish I’d taken better ‘snapshots’ in my head of those special moments and memories. That’s why I feel so very blessed to be working with Chuck Rhodes now during this next chapter of my career.

It’s almost like a second chance that the majority of people don’t always receive. Chuck is one of the hardest working people out there and has such a passion for the business and creating new things. He sure is a rare gem in this town!

Beginning your performance career at age 15, you once called yourself a very competitive person and a perfectionist, what have you not completed yet in your career that you would like to accomplish?

I do remember saying that, but I think I define those words a bit differently now. I think I’m still competitive and driven but not at any expense; I now know what I’m willing to do and not willing to do. 

I’ve learned being perfect is way overrated and of course, it’s impossible. I’m a bit more forgiving of myself these days. As far as things I’d like to accomplish, I’m open to whatever and wherever the Good Lord wants to send me.

As a writer in a male dominated industry, describe your creative process and some of your musical influences? (Could be any genre)

When I came to Nashville, I was immersed into some pretty awesome co-write situations. The Nashville way has always been co-writing, and I learned from the absolute best of the best.

My confidence as a solo songwriter has always lacked until recently during Covid. Of course, we were all on our own and so I started writing by myself and lo and behold something clicked.

I started coming up with some things that I was really proud of, and now I only want to write by myself. Nobody says I’m wrong, I can stay in my pajamas, and I don’t have to put makeup on. 

As an award-winning Canadian country artist, what advice would you give to young songwriters?

I would say be true to yourself and know what you want to say. If you don’t know what that is, you need to figure it out before you step into an industry that will gladly tell you what you want to say. You’ll never be happy doing that.

How does it feel to be a musician in the digital age? (now with streaming, technology and social media being so prevalent)

It’s a love/hate relationship for me but I have been trying. My 14-year-old daughter is so much better at understanding it than I am, but my brain is just not wired for it but I’m doing my best to keep up with the times.

Some days I wish we could all just go back to record stores and handwritten letters and telephones attached to the wall.

What are your thoughts on AI on the future of the music industry?

AI scares me, especially from the perspective of a songwriter. I’m worried it’s going put us all out of a job. I worry for our kids in school/college not learning how to think for themselves and just getting AI to do the work for them. 

“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Heels” is available on digital service providers by clicking here.

To learn more about Lisa Brokop, check out her official website, and follow her on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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