Arden ~ Artist of the Month for June, 2012.
be fooled by the petite stature of singer-songwriter
Bri Arden- the vocals that burst from the heart,
lungs, and soul of this little powerhouse leave
audiences eager to hear the next perfectly constructed
note to escape her lips. This young artist, known
for sincere, heartfelt lyrics, catchy melodies,
and an overall attitude of warmth and positive energy
that radiates through any room she enters, credits
legendary female singer-songwriters like Janis Joplin,
Carole King, Annie Lennox, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl
Crow as some of her greatest influences. With the
recent release of her latest EP, Awake, Bri is flying
up the rungs of the music ladder to make a bold
and brilliant statement in NYC.
linking up with guitarist and musician Billy Masters
(Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Suzanne Vega, Lyle Lovett,
Kid Rock) upon arriving in New York, Bri has been
fortunate to work with an all-star cast of talent
along her journey. She’s co-written and recorded
with some of the biggest names in the music business,
including Grammy-award nominated and multi-platinum
winning producer Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen,
Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies) and John Hampson (lead
singer of Nine Days, “Story of a Girl”),
an artist she credits with being not just a co-writer,
but also a mentor and friend. Arden has also written
with Rebecca Lynn Howard (“Forgive”)
and Marshall Altman (“Parachute” with
Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield).
She continues to develop, hone, and improve her
sound and lyrics with Awake, produced by John Hampson
and engineered by Paul Umbach.
taken from the Muses in the Vineyard
show by Michael S. Males
album is a powerful blend of life experiences, laced
with the lingering lessons acquired through writing
with, listening to and learning from songwriters and
musicians she greatly admires. Awake brings audiences
elements of a live performance, sharing songs written
about moments of time, real people and honest connections,
enriched with soul and stories to tell.
of all ages flock to Arden’s shows, captivated
by this sparkling force of nature; one that understands
the true beauty life has to offer. The Women’s
and Gender Studies major at Columbia University
devotes a great deal of heart into causes she believes
in, such as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation, Hogar Siembra and several organizations
benefiting global women’s and pediatric health
concerns. Her commitment to seeing the good in people
and situations, refusing to succumb to the turmoil
and angst that limits many artists, is only second
to the vocal command, emotional maturity, and fierce
determination this little woman has to offer.
Christina Morelli, NYC
2011 NYC College Battle of the Bands winner, presented
Back-up singer/performer for Vanessa Williams, Richard
Gere and James Earl Jones at a fundraiser at Northern
Westchester Center for the Arts.
Jingle singer for various TV/radio commercials including
Home Health Care Service.
Performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ives Center, and
as the opening act for Whiffenpoofs and Rockapella.
Sang background vocals for Stephen Schwartz and
Debbie Gravitte at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
Written with notable industry songwriters such as
Rebecca Lynn Howard, John Hampson, Ron Aniello,
and Marshall Altman.
Played and recorded with musicians John Miceli (drums),
Danny Miranda (bass), Randy Flowers (electric guitar),
Sean Power (slide guitar), Brian Desveaux (mandolin,
guitars), Jeremy Dean (piano, organ, banjo), John
Hampson (BGV, acoustic guitar, percussion), Paul
Umbach (BGV, drums, guitar), and Hillary McBride
(BGV) on her latest album, "Awake," released
in January 2012.
Taken the stage in support of a variety of charities
and causes, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric
AIDS Foundation, The MS Society, The Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society, Hogar Siembra and more.
Currently completing Women's and Gender Studies
Major at Columbia University.
Certified DIVE master in SCUBA since 2008.