Meredith Brooks is an American pop singer, songwriter and guitarist. She is best known for her 1997 hit song "Bitch", for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In the early 1980s, Brooks performed at a number of clubs in Oregon and in Washington, where she was popular to a broad range of fans. She recorded Meredith Brooks and The Angels of Mercy: Recorded Live at the Starry Night, a one-hour TV show. She would move to Los Angeles to further her career in music and she recorded the songs that later appeared on See It Through My Eyes. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she was a member of The Graces, who recorded one album, Perfect View, in 1989.
In 1995, Brooks landed a major label contract with Capitol Records. Her first hit single, "Bitch", garnered her nominations for the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. The song was Brooks' only major hit on the charts. Her album Blurring the Edges achieved platinum sales and peaked at 22 on the Billboard 200 and 5 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was produced by David Ricketts, formerly of David and David (with David Baerwald). Ricketts also played keyboards, among other instruments, on the album. Brooks toured in the US and Europe in 1997 and 1998 to support the album.
Brooks recorded her second major album Deconstruction in 1999. It was a stylistic and thematic shift away from Blurring the Edges. She originally wrote the song "Sin City", which appears on this album, for the movie Snake Eyes. She toured with Sarah McLachlan's successful Lilith Fair.
In 2002, Brooks worked on her third solo album Bad Bad One on Gold Circle Records, which folded shortly after and prevented the record from getting promoted or achieving significant sales. "Shine" was released as the lead single. The label's demise also interrupted her tour with Melissa Etheridge that summer, causing her and the band to return early to Los Angeles. Also in 2002, Brooks produced Jennifer Love Hewitt's album, BareNaked, and appeared on the VH1 Divas Las Vegas program as a guest guitar soloist with Céline Dion and Anastacia.
Most recently, Brooks has completed a new children's album titled If I Could Be... and continuing to develop new artists as a producer and songwriter.