Bri Bagwell

Releases: When a Heart Breaks (2015), Bri Bagwell (2013), Banned From Santa Fe (2011), Midnight Hour EP (2010)
Years at MusicFest: 7

Originally hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico, four-time Texas Female Vocalist of the Year Bri Bagwell fell in love with music at an early age. When she turned 18, she uprooted herself and moved to Austin, where she quickly learned the art of live performance in many of the city’s clubs, winning over one live audience at a time. After graduating from the University of Texas, she released her debut record Banned from Santa Fe in 2011. In 2013 she released an EP of demos that she recorded during her time as a hired songwriter at Sony ATV in Nashville followed by 2015’s full-length record When a Heart Breaks. Both impressively showcased her budding songwriting talents, but more impressive is her grueling tour schedule boasting over 150 shows per year across the southwest and beyond. In addition to delivering the musical goods, Bagwell’s stage presence embodies a kind of flirty, yet tough magnetism that allows her to quickly connect with her audience while singing songs that reveal her heartfelt, often vulnerable side. But even when she is baring her soul in songs like “Half As Good” (which was her second #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report), Bagwell’s brand of Texas country undeniably rocks the house and rattles the walls strictly on her own terms.

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