Who first inspired Bri Steves to follow music? American Song Contest star featured on 2019 Billboard

Singer and rapper Bri Steves will represent Pennsylvania in the next episode of the American song contest April 11, 2022 on NBC.

Temple University graduate Bri is expected to wow judges and audiences with her song Lots of love on the musical reality show hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg.


All About American Song Contest Star, Bri Steves

Born and raised in Philadelphia, singer-songwriter Bri Steves drew inspiration from legends like Marvin Gaye and Lauryn Hill to follow her passion.

Bri spent her formative years receiving classical training as she studied viola at the Delaware Symphony Orchestra when she was just 10 years old. The multi-talented musician was then inspired by champion lyricists like J Cole and Biggie to start rapping.

While studying at Temple University, Steves taught herself how to record her own songs. At the same time, she begins to experiment with her singing and rapping in the Philadelphia subway.

Her powerful performance at a Starr Island Music Group showcase in 2016 left audiences stunned. She gained support from Revolt TV, securing a spot on FADER’s 5 Artists Ready To Be Philadelphia’s Next Champion.

During her senior year at Temple, she had the opportunity to sign with Atlantic Records. She has spent studio time in Miami, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, alongside Sonny Digital, Boi-1da, and more.

Bri’s 2018 single, Jealousy, which has garnered 2.3 million views at the time of writing, helped her land on the Billboards charts. Besides being a hit with fans, the song also became a favorite of acclaimed rapper, Kendrick Lamar, who invited her to perform with him at Made In America 2018.

Speaking about performing with Lamar, producer Steves told The Enquirer:

“We were backstage, Kendrick was sitting there talking to me about ‘OK, I’m going to take you out after maAd city’…and I’m as cool as a cucumber. As calm as can be. My team got me said, ‘What’s happening to you? Why are you so calm? That’s not who you are at all, you’re always so frazzled. It was the first time at any show that , wow, I just feel like I belong here. I’m not nervous. I’m not thrown off. Man, I know I’m talking to my biggest inspiration, Kendrick Lamar. I used to watching his shows to figure out how to play and I’m here to talk to him? It was just crazy to feel so serene.

his trail, Miamialso received praise from music industry heavyweights.

Bri Steves is now trying to win the American song contest. There is no doubt that she will be a fan favorite.

The winner of the show will be declared on May 9, 2022 on NBC.


Edited by Mohini Banerjee

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