Only in America: The incomplete story of Holly Brook.

At some point in 2008 I stumbled upon a singer named Holly Brook, who I grew to really like for her voice and her writing.  She was one of those people that seemed so obviously talented that it was hard to believe I had never heard of her before.

After doing the prerequisite Googling, it looked like she was in the middle of record company nightmares, and was trying to put things together again.  In April of 2009, she did a show at a small club in New York that I went to see along with Chris Balfe (the guy who runs Glenn’s company) and maybe 40 other people total.  Because it was such a small show, I played fanboy and after the show even got an awkward photo.

Over the next six months or so, she didn’t seem to be in the best place.  I sort of remember her writing at one point she was moving to a cabin in the woods or something, and she seemed completely disenchanted with the business.  Every couple of months I’d check in to see if she had recorded anything new.  Occasionally she had, and it was always good.  Then in September 2009 I checked in to read this:

could you be my agent?

I don't have an agent right now, and I'm trying to figure out ways to book some gigs.  So I had a thought...if YOU can get me a gig, I'll pay you a commission.

I'm looking for gigs especially in the Oregon area, but I'll take one anywhere in the world if it pays enough for travel and lodgings.  In Oregon though, $200 plus gas, food, and lodgings (when necessary) will suffice.  I will give you 15% of the net show money, not including CD sales.   If you get me a gig that pays $1000, then you get $150!  I'll do music venues, bars, weddings, pretty much anything.  I can bring my own sound system when necessary.

Spread the word!  You can make money, too!  The more I make, the more you make!

Holly

Here is an obviously very talented artist that has all the tools to be a huge star, randomly blogging about how she’ll bring her own sound system to a wedding or “pretty much anything” to play for a couple of hundred bucks less than 18 months ago.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I received this email:

This letter is being sent to all of those who signed up for the Holly Brook email list in past years.  Due to recent career changes, she will no longer be going by the name, Holly Brook.  However, we encourage you to find her under her new artist name, Skylar Grey.

Who is Skylar Grey?  Last night, you might have seen her singing on the stage at the Grammys.  While she was in the woods, she wrote one of the biggest songs of the year for Eminem and Rhianna, and was nominated for multiple Grammys including Song of the Year. She then performed another one of her songs, the follow up single for Eminem. 

Disregard the fact that your favorite radio station probably has the phrase “and none of that rap” in its slogan, and celebrate that stuff like this is possible.  In this country if you have talent, work hard, and are true to yourself, you can go from the woods to the Grammys in less than a year.  Holly Brook/Skylar Grey is just one of many that have done it, and who truly deserve it.

Former senior COVID adviser for the Biden administration Andy Slavitt suggested Americans should have "sacrificed a little bit more" to get through the pandemic during an interview with CBS' "This Morning" earlier this week.

Asked by host Tony Dokoupil how much of the pandemic was preventable, Slavitt responded by first blaming the Trump administration, then all Americans in general for not sacrificing enough.

"We obviously had a set of technical mistakes with the testing and the PPE that we know about. But if we're honest, there were also two other mistakes, that caused a lot of loss of life. One was just plainly political leadership mistakes. We denied the virus for too long under the Trump White House. There was too much squashing under divisions," Slavitt said.

"But I also think we all need to look at one another and ask ourselves, 'What do we need to do better next time?' And in many respects, being able to sacrifice a little bit for one another to get through this and to save more lives is going to be essential. And it's something that I think we could all have done a little bit better on," he continued.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck had more than a few fiery words for Slavitt, who is apparently unaware of the terrible toll this pandemic has had on the mental, physical, and emotional health of millions of Americans.

"We could have sacrificed a little bit more?" he asked. "So, the sacrifice of [nearly] 40% of all businesses now being closed, I mean permanently out of business ... was that sacrifice good enough? Or the fact that teen suicide now is up by 31%? A few more of us should have sacrificed our children, you know, throw them up on the altar of Anthony Fauci? I think we could have done it, right?"

"Go to hell," Glenn added. "Who do you think you are, telling us that we should sacrifice more?"

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn Beck:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

President Joe Biden and world leaders are spending the week discussing the biggest issues across the globe. But Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State during the Trump administration, believes more needs to be done.

Pompeo joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to talk about President Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and to explain why he believes it's not just "appropriate," but necessary to hold Putin accountable for the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat processing company.

Pompeo said it's likely that "at the very least" Putin turned a blind eye to the major attacks against U.S. infrastructure. He stressed that the Biden administration should not abandon private businesses in the face of these ransomware hacks, but rather do everything possible to make sure those businesses' assets are secure from future invasions.

"This is an attack on America," Pompeo said. "It came through an attack on a commercial enterprise, but the capacity for pipelines to move product around on our east coast is an American national security interest.... We have to help these businesses protect their systems, and then there has to be a national effort to impose costs on those who put American lives at risk by denying available product around our country.

"Putin, at the very least, is turning a blind eye to [the cyberattacks], probably more. So, it's appropriate to hold Vladimir Putin and the Russians accountable for the actions taking place inside of their country," he added. "We have to do it, and there are tools by which we can."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn read from the Bible's II Timothy 3, in which Paul warns of "perilous times" to come and describes a generation that will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, and the list goes on. Sound familiar?

But Glenn said the times we're facing — which will likely become more and more difficult — are not any graver than what our Founders faced. We can overcome, and while it won't be easy, it will be worth it.

"Just like George Washington and the badge of merit, we will not be able to conquer this evil unless we are on God's side. If we don't have Divine Providence, we will not be able to survive. The things that are arrayed in front of us, are no greater no less than what our Founders had arrayed against them," Glenn stated.

"So, what will we do? You must make those decisions, as a family, right now. What is the line for you that you and your family will not cross? Because if you don't know it now, you will cross it," he warned. "You have to speak out, be that voice. You have to be strong enough to lead."

Glenn went on to thank and praise his audience, saying, "This is the kindest, most generous audience I have ever encountered."

"You will stand. This audience could be the extra 5% that is needed to change things, for the better," he added. "We have great and glorious times, when I believe we will see the hand of God. We will see miracles. Expect them. And live in such a way where you can call them down."

Watch the clip to get Glenn's take on what's coming next and how to prepare yourself and your family.

Want more from Graham Allen?

To enjoy more of Graham's rants, high-profile interviews, skits and journeys into Real America, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.