‘This is a Special Delivery…’
For fans of New Yorker Bridget Kelly, the year 2013 is set to spell a number of wins for the entertainer- kicking off with the release of her long awaited Roc Nation backed debut album.
Spearheaded by the budding smash ‘Special Delivery‘ and her critically acclaimed contributions to Jay Z’s ‘Empire State Of Mind’ and Luke James’ ‘IOU‘, the project is well on its way to becoming an R&B ‘must have’- as its release date drawers near.
So, as long time fans of Ms.Kelly, TGJ caught up with the starlet when she stopped by in London last month to push the single- discussing its conception, her definition of success and her journey thus far.
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Citing Alicia Keys and Alanis Morissette as influences, Bridget’s ascent to notoriety came when inked a deal with Island Def Jam while collaborator Jay Z served as its President- telling us:
“I was born and raised in New york and my management team at the time was working with Def Jam when Jay was there. He’s such a good role model and so as a New Yorker I was always going to gear towards him so when he left Def Jam, I recorded new material and sent them over to Roc Nation, that’s how I signed there”.
A La Guardia graduate, 2011 saw her birth the eclectic ‘Every Girl’ EP, spawning the fan favorite ‘My Heart’ and ‘Seek And Destroy‘.
‘The EP was really an experiment’, she reveals, ‘It was a collection of songs that i loved but i didn’t know the direction. With this album I felt like I really had to keep it R&B. The album is really soulful. To be completely honest, it’s really personal because I went through a bad relationship and that’s where the songs come from. The best apart about it was that I went in with writers that really gave me the best of themselves (Jerry Wonder being one of them). I’m so proud of it, it came together really well.’
‘I want people to remember me for saying the things women needed to hear. I don’t think I’m a rebel but I see things from a different perspective, and I’m that voice- and it was really important for me to share that’.
‘Success for me would be for me to go on tour with the album meet people who really love it, you know- or at least love two songs that they’re so in love with they can look back on and say ‘damn- that first album was so good’. I want this album to resonate with people. It took me about two years to finish because I really wanted it to be right and last…I want it to last. I wanted everything to make sense and it does.’
Three songs that would turn a Bridget Kelly critic into a Bridget Kelly fan?
‘Oooh…that’s a tough one. I have a ballad called ‘Hear No Evil’ and another called ‘Afterlife’ which is actually my favorite. It’s got a really strong guitar on it and then goosebumps which is about a guy doing all the rights things to me and the third…oh, I did a great record with K Koke called ‘My Time’ i think it’ll blow over here, it’s really powerful and I think it’ll blow over here’.
With ‘Delivery’ dominating Urban airwaves across the globe, it won’t be long before the rest of the world falls in love with the soulful starlet…and the authentic sound that has already earned her a Grammy and the hearts of R&B lovers the world over.