Brooke Bollea was born in Tampa, Florida, on May 2, 1988. As a little girl she would often sing around the house, and was always willing to perform for family and friends. By the early age of 10, Brooke already knew she wanted to be a singer.
After sharing her dream with her parents, they arranged for her to meet with record executive Lou Pearlman. Pearlman, who had worked with such artists as Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was impressed by the 13-year-old singer, but thought she could use a few years to mature and improve.
Although she was simultaneously involved in dance classes, voice lessons and gymnastics, Brooke still found time for cheerleading. She joined the squad of her St. Petersburg school, Admiral Farragut Academy, in her freshman year. Her gymnastics training helped her from the outset, and just like her dad, Brooke played the muscle on the team: She acted as a base, holding other girls up and forming the foundation of pyramids.
Even in the midst of her extracurricular activities, Brooke continued to work hard in developing her vocal talents. And her practice paid off. In early 2002, she returned to Lou Pearlman, and proceeded to sing for him again and perform a piano medley. Pearlman was impressed, and Brooke was immediately signed as a Trans Continental Records artist.
Having secured her record deal, Brooke gave up cheerleading for singing. That is, until she made the video for her single "Everything To Me." The director of the video, Nigel Dick, had Brooke put her past experience to work and pick up her pompoms again for the shoot. It looks like there will be many more cheers to come.
With numerous appearances, Brooke's journey has been a very public one. In the spring of 2004, she sang the national anthem at an NHL hockey game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens. She has also appeared on television shows like Live! With Regis and Kelly.
In July of 2005, Brooke launched her television career in Hogan Knows Best, a VH1 reality series. Having followed her father's lead in adopting the last name Hogan for entertainment purposes, Brooke plans to continue singing, and hopes to mimic her peers Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff in creating a large following.