With her departure from Roc Nation, Bridget Kelly returns with a new project entitled, Summer Of 17. It has been a couple years since we have spoken to Kelly, so this is a conversation a long time coming.
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Born and raised in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City, Bridget Kelly lives in the epicenter of fashion, theater and art, but music is where she found her home. Growing up in a household where Motown, Jazz and Pop songs were always playing, Bridget’s love affair with music was sparked at a very early age:
“When I was about 3-years-old, I would watch movies with my parents, and The Sound of Music was the first time I really discovered music. I remember the following Christmas, I got up on a chair and sang Christmas carols at the top of my lungs,” she recalls.
Attending the prestigious LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts in New York City (upon which the musical Fame was based) was also a major influence in her decision to pursue a career in music. “LaGuardia was an experience!!” Bridget reflects, “It was an art school, so I was constantly surrounded by creative people like myself and it broadened my perspective tremendously. I grew to appreciate every other art form, including my own. I was given the opportunity to write songs, and perform them for my peers. That experience swayed me completely.”
The competitive nature of LaGuardia also served as a catalyst for BK (as she is fondly nicknamed by close friends) to be even more relentless at pursuing her dreams. While hours of singing Whitney, Mariah and Pink tunes in the mirror may have contributed to BK’s “vocal swagger,” her resilient spirit, sheer drive and self motivation are what set her a step above the rest. In 2006, Bridget was introduced to her management team through a mutual friend; the pair was instantly compatible. “I found a team that’s more than business partners. We’re a family, so the trust, understanding and love we have for each other is immeasurable,” she describes.
By 2008, BK was more than ready to take her career to the next level, writing songs on her Blackberry phone every day and performing regularly at open mic shows in clubs around downtown NYC; once even on a subway platform in Union Square! It was later that same year, after her management landed a once in a lifetime meeting with Roc Nation’s A&R team, that BK’s tenacity paid off – she was signed to her first major recording and publishing deal. As the saying goes “timing is everything,” and BK’s time has certainly come! Source