Former 'Idol' Brooke White Shares 'High Hopes and Heartbreak'

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Former 'American Idol' alum Brooke White recently stopped by PopEater's New York office to meet with the staff and play some tunes from her post-'Idol' debut, 'High Hopes and Heartbreak,' which was released earlier this week. White joked about her "foghorn of a voice," as she called it, but no apologies were necessary.

The staff watched the video for her latest single 'Radio Radio' while White shied away in the corner. "I always feel weird looking at myself," she confessed.

She also opened up about the inspiration for writing the song, a feel-good summer anthem with a hint of country twang, and shared some insight into her upbringing. "We really were not TV people -- we were music people and we listened to the radio all the time," she said. "I used to have my mixtape there, I'd wait for my favorite songs and then make my mixtapes. So I had to write a song for the radio."

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White showed off her guitar skills as well, strumming along while she sang a cover of the Kings of Leon tune 'Use Somebody,' which also appears on her album. "I always think it's a good idea to do a cover song," she explained.

During her visit, White also shared candid behind-the-scenes stories from her time with 'American Idol.' Although the pressures of being on the 'Idol' stage were enormous, White says it was actually the tour that followed that was the hardest part. "It was grueling, intense, but great," she admitted. "It was more the pace, keeping up with the pace. We literally did like five meet-and-greets a day."

In the end though, White has no regrets. "It was intense but I really loved that I did it. It was good."
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