Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a musician, composer/arranger, and private instructor in the Los Angeles area. I'm originally from Chicago, IL, and I moved to Los Angles in 2014 to pursue a career in the music industry. As a solo artist, I love to perform arrangements of various songs and pieces in different styles. I sing and play everything from R&B to Classical. I have been a member of jazz, rock, pop, and gospel groups as well. I currently teach private music lessons in-home and online (piano, percussion/drums, and voice) as well as tutor music theory and music history. With the music lessons, I have worked with a few established music artists, actors, and performers. I work on various compositions and vocal freelance projects. Most recently, I love my work and am very grateful for the relationships I've built along the way.
Music is my passion, and I love to share it with any and everybody around me. I love every aspect of music: performing, composing, arranging, orchestrating, playing, singing, listening, creating...I just love it all! I grew up around music. My grandfather, Arthur Crume, is a member of the gospel group, The Soul Stirrers; and my household always had music playing from Motown to Mozart. I have been singing since the age of 3, starting in the church choir, taught myself piano at the age of 7, and started playing percussion in school at the age of 9. Altogether, I have been performing for a little over 20 years. I graduated from North Central College with a B.A. in Music: Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Music Composition and Percussion Performance. While attending NCC, I was a member of various choirs and bands/ensembles. I served as the administrative chair of the VOP Gospel Choir for 3 out of the 4 years in attendance. I also put on a recital in which I composed, arranged, and orchestrated all six pieces performed. I played and sang in 3 out of the 6 pieces. It was my final project at NCC, and it was by far my favorite experience of my college career. Sharing my interpretation of the pieces and seeing and hearing what others took from it was truly amazing.
I joined the Chicago-based band, Oblio, and Arrow, in 2013 where I played Aux. Percussion and sang backing vocals. Since moving out to Los Angles, I have kept busy with teaching, freelance, working and playing with various bands, and working on my own music. I have assisted composers and producers at various recording studios and music agencies. I have lent my voice and musicianship to children's video games, jingles, rock, pop, and country songs, hip-hop/rap tracks, Sunday school programs, and more. I've collaborated with various artist, producers, and composers from around the world while working on these projects, and have built great relationships with them.
What I aim for musically, is to give others who listen to my music, or arrangements and projects I have been a part of, an amazing experience. Music, no matter the genre, always leaves a person feeling something - whether it be good or bad, they feel something. I love it when I perform or put on a piece for an audience (be it 2 or 200 people), and I can convey any sort of feeling, and have them feel that with me. Or, they could feel something completely different, and that's even better! I love to tell stories through music. To quote one of my biggest musical inspirations, Stevie Wonder: "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand."