Release: BRIGITTE PURDY ~ STILL I RISE

Still_IRise_Cover_Art_SmallBRIGITTE PURDY ~ STILL I RISE
LABEL: DIRTSHACK RECORDS RELEASE DATE: JUNE 1, 2018
 DISTRIBUTION: CD BABY 
In the tradition of the great ladies of song such as; Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Los Angeles born Brigitte (pronounced Bridget) Purdy uses her versatility to preform music across a range of genres from classical to blues, funk, rock, jazz and soul. She captivates the listener with a sultry, powerful and emotive vocal skills that can go from a whispe.
To a scream, while pouring all her emotions in to every note. The Dorothy Chandler Conservatory grad displays all her talents on her latest album “Still I Rise.” The collection of ten original tracks is the fruit of Purdy’s collaboration with Southern Californian guitarist Dave Osti, who produced, co-wrote and played in the Blues Angel rhythm section that recorded the basic tracks at Loveless Motel Studios in Sierra Madre California with Billy Burke. The teamwork on this album allowed Purdy and her talents as a singer, lyricist and songwriter to rise to their full potential. 

Blues Music Award winner and Grammy nominee, Kenny Neal, makes a guest spot on the opening track ‘Hoodoo,’ with his hot harmonica adding genuine Louisiana spice to the powerhouse blues shuffle. Purdy wears her heart on her sleeve on the inspirational ‘Be The Light,’ urging her brothers and sisters to “love one another and be true to you” on the swinging gospel fueled ballad. She then demonstrates her grit on the Texas Blues ‘Home Is In My Heart,’ making a bold declaration of her territory. Osti rips hot lead guitar and honky-tonk piano on the up-tempo southern fried swing ‘My Kinda Blues,’ with Purdy and her throaty alto spelling out how to win her love. The dramatic ballad ‘Last Time,’ showcases Purdy’s vocal range, drawing instant comparisons to Etta James and Shemekia Copeland, as she soars above the classic R&B arrangement. 

Purdy lets her sass and spunk rip, playing the woman scorned on the keen deep shag funk track ‘Get It Understood,’ and laying down the rules “don’t call me baby, don’t call me sugar, get it understood.” The groove stays funky on the playful tale of temptation ‘If I Could,’ with Purdy trying to convince herself to remain faithful to her “sweet lovin’ man.” The loving tribute to B.B. King and his beloved guitar ‘Lucille Don’t You Weep,’ is a glorious production number inspired by the master bluesman that references several of his iconic songs lyrically and sonically, adding strings, backing vocals and of course a brilliant lead guitar solo to a sultry R&B ballad.  

Award-winning and chart-topping songwriter, Donnell Spencer Jr., lends his talents to ‘Blues Angel,’ playing drums on the flowing neo-soul track that has terrific crossover potential for multiple radio formats. Drake 'Munkihaid' Shining, keyboardist from the Sugaray Rayford Band, leads the charge on orchestral closing title track ‘Still I Rise.’ The passion play begins with delicate underpinnings and builds to a spectacular musical climax with Purdy’s anthem of personal triumph pushing her vocal and emotional skills to the limits and beyond. “Still I Rise” from Bridgett Purdy will certainly further solidify her as an emerging star in the roots, R&B and blues scene.

BIOGRAPHY Brigitte was born and raised in Los Angeles. From an early age, her family cultivated her artistry by immersing her in the rich sounds of blues and gospel. Her father was a blues guitarist and would often showcase her talents at family gatherings. At the tender age of five, she was handpicked by the choir director to perform her first solo. At the age of 13, her mother heard an announcement on the radio for auditions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Brigitte competed

Publicist: Betsie Brown, Blind Raccoon, betsie@blindraccoon.com, 901.268.6065 Booking: Brigitte Purdy, brigittepurdy84@gmail.com, 909.559.8177

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