If you do a Google search for Brianna Ruelas, the autocomplete features the subtitle “singer.” Ruelas just released her first single, “Thieves,” and though she’s technically just “starting” her singing career now at age 42, she’s been a singer her whole life and a force in the music industry for the last decade.
Ruelas was born and raised in Dallas and is a music coach who’s authored two books and helped many aspiring artists find their voice in a turbulent industry. Ruelas auditioned for season four of American Idol, making the top 100 before being eliminated at the Hollywood audition stage.
“That was before the DIY revolution,” Ruelas says. “Everything changed in the record industry, and I always tell people that, in my 20s, dreaming about music was more of a pipe dream. The record labels were the gatekeepers, and I wasn’t going to be P!nk. That was really far-fetched, so a show like American Idol made me think that maybe I could actually get my foot in the door and start building relationships. Maybe I can do this music thing.”
Ruelas says that despite the elimination, her experiences on the show taught her more than she could’ve learned trying to make music on her own.
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“It’s not just about getting on the show,” Ruelas says….