When she was younger, 15-year-old Ellsworth native Brooke (Brookie) Thoen would love to hear her brother, Tyler, sing. “He was in the vocal/jazz choir at school and I still love to listen to him sing,” she said. She herself then would sing around the house, but said she'd always sing in another room. “I have a photo of Brooke singing with a pink plastic microphone when she was little,” smiled her mother, Karen. At age 13, she told her family she wanted a guitar.