Broussard is the real and down to earth girl next door who just
so happens to have a voice as powerful as an R&B diva. Her debut
album, Same Girl(Motown Records) produced by Gordon "Commissioner"
Williams ( Lauryn Hill, Santana ), Jamey Jazz, Steve Harvey (not
the comedian) and Trina herself, is a blend of southern backyard
soul and sassy northern attitude. Her smooth, milky vocals warmed
by a comforting blanket of harmony infuse every note on the 12-track
CD will leave the listeners feeling as if they've just been hangingout
with a good friend.
her mother, who sang jazz, her father who played guitar for several
big bands, Anita Baker , Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway , Trina,
a Houston, TX native began pursuing a music career in 1990 after
relocating to Atlanta, GA. It wasn't long before the new girl in
town wooed some of the biggest names in R&B with her talent
and skills. "I sang background vocals for Bobby Brown, Pebbles,
Babyface, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton and Be Be & CeCe Winans
when I moved to Atlanta," says Broussard . Through her association
with Trey Lorenz, she began writing and then later signed with So
So Def. Her single "Inside My Love" received heavy radio
airplay and was featured on the 1997 platinum-selling Love Jones
movie soundtrack. in 1998, Broussard co-wrote the Queen of Soul
Aretha Franklin's hit record "Here We Go Again" and also
released her own single "Love You So Much" the following
year. Unfortunately, her album was never released. "I was disappointed
that we had got to the threshold and somehow things just didn't
work out" recalls Trina.
focused and continued to persevere. In 2002, she signed with Motown
Records. While recording her album Same Girl she continued to experience
life's curve balls. "I needed to make an album that represented
me. I'm the same girl that goes through ups and down, I'm the same
girl that can relate to anything on every level from weight issues
to man issues and not come out defeated" says Trina. Her voyage
through the making of the album was co-navigated by writing partner
and friend Ra-Re Valverde. "'Joy' was one of the first songs
that we wrote together for the album," Trina recalls of the
uplifting, mid tempo, 80's soul inspired track. The album is charismatic
and affectionately touches on several close-to-heart topics with
bravery seldom present in current R&B music. Whether she is
pouring her heart out on "Will Things Ever Be The Same"
or exuding pure cathartic emotion on "I Never Thought",
there is no denying Broussard gets to the heart of situations many
women go through. The jazzy, dramatic "Just Another Way"
mirrors a past period of her life and is sung with fierce conviction.
"It was perfect timing, perfect lyrics and a perfect story."
An inspiring story of perseverance it is. Same Girl clearly puts
her in a category of her own. "I try to bring the reality of
who I am to what I do as a woman... I just want to put good songs
reclaims her spot as a high priority on the list of ones to watch
and the one to root for because she has remained Same Girl.