Chicago based singer/songwriter Brianne "Bri" Ingram emerges from a time of upheaval and brokenness by making the title of her solo debut EP the powerful self-affirmation I Am –as in “I am love,” “I am talented,” “I am capable,” “I am…” As she sees it, it’s a declaration that has empowered her to create the invigorating life circumstances she wanted. It’s been a way to teach her outer self how to accept the unlimited power of her inner spirit – and realize that those things she has placed in her imagination could become reality. It’s the way she defines who she is and what she’s capable of, and a way to honor her Divine spirit.
Like Bri herself – a multi-talented artist on a fascinating journey, still evolving and discovering her truest voice – the collection offers us many facets of her musical background. She sees it as a huge step for her personally to step into what she calls “this untapped dream,” which helped build her back up and bring her back to life emotionally and creatively.
Though she’s been singing since she was seven, Bri began sitting in with bands in her hometown of Naperville (outside Chicago) with bands at blues clubs throughout the city. Inspired by the blues, she began toying with songwriting and lyrics – drawing from a personal journal – about six years ago.
“The songs on I Am are really personal and completely about the journey I was on,” she says. “They capture all the things I wanted to say to people but in a playful way that is honest. I love songs that tell stories and it was important for me to convey my personality and feisty side but also my sweetness and vulnerability. I like witty and Owen, my co-writer on many songs, is a great witty songwriter. I haven't really heard anyone do what it is I'm doing and that was something I focused on: being me, different yet mainstream enough for the general public. It is sort of one melting pot of those components and several difficult years a lot of growing pains and coming into myself. Being an EP, I wanted to show many genres and lots of personality”