|Is||Singer Songwriter Musician|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||17 August 1994, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA|
Phoebe Lucille Bridgers (born August 17, 1994) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer from Los Angeles, California. Best known for her work as a solo artist, she is also known for being part of the musical groups boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst). Bridgers made her solo debut with the studio album Stranger in the Alps (2017), followed by Punisher (2020) which earned Bridgers widespread critical acclaim and four Grammy Award nominations, including Best New Artist.
Phoebe Lucille Bridgers was born on August 17, 1994 in Pasadena, California, where she was raised. As a child, Bridgers made extra money by busking at the Pasadena Farmers Market. Bridgers is a graduate of the Sequoyah School in Pasadena and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She spent some of her childhood in Ukiah, California.
Early in her career, Bridgers played guitar and sang lead vocals in Einstein's Dirty Secret and played bass in Sloppy Jane. Bridgers' career came to light when she met American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams through mutual collaborator Harrison Whitford. Adams produced her major label debut 7", Killer, and released it on his record label, PAX AM in 2014. During this time the two began a romantic relationship. In early 2016, Bridgers supported Julien Baker on her 2016 East Coast tour.
2017–2018: Early beginnings and Stranger in the Alps
In June 2017, Bridgers signed to Dead Oceans. On September 22, 2017, she released her debut album, Stranger in the Alps, to generally positive reviews. The album was produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska. On March 12, 2018, the social networking site Pebbal named Stranger in the Alps the best album of 2017.
On March 3, 2018, Bridgers appeared on CBS This Morning: Saturday and sang "Motion Sickness" and "Scott Street".
Bridgers's song "Safe at Home" was featured on season 3, episode 5 of the ABC Family show Switched at Birth. Season 3, episode 17 featured her song "Ask Me To/Steamroller". Her song "Georgia" was featured on season 8, episode 2 of the ABC show Castle. The track "Smoke Signals" appeared on season 1, episode 7 of Burden of Truth. Her song "Funeral" was featured near the end of season 3, episode 2 of the FOX show Lethal Weapon. Her song "Motion Sickness" was featured on the Netflix television series Trinkets and on season one, episode 3 of 9-1-1: Lone Star.
In May 2018 Bridgers was featured on a remake of the Lord Huron song "The Night We Met" for the soundtrack to season 2 of the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why. In 2019, Bridgers teamed up with The National's Matt Berninger to record a track for Between Two Ferns: The Movie called "Walking on a String" and appeared in the film. The song was released on October 17, 2019.
2018–2019: Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center
In 2018 Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus formed the group Boygenius. They released three songs in August 2018 and subsequently announced an EP and a tour. The EP, boygenius, was released on October 26, 2018.
Bridgers and Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes revealed their new band Better Oblivion Community Center on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and released their eponymous debut album in January 2019 (released through Dead Oceans). On January 26, 2019, they were interviewed on CBS This Morning Saturday and performed "Dylan Thomas" and "Didn't Know What I Was in For". The show ended while they performed "My City". Bob Boilen, creator of NPR's "All Songs Considered" and the NPR "Tiny Desk" video series, said of their album, "Better Oblivion Community Center came as a surprise to us all this year and, at the moment, their self-titled release is my favorite record of 2019. It's that rare musical partnership where each injects vibrancy into the other's creative side."
On February 26, Bridgers released the song "Garden Song" alongside its music video.
On April 3, The 1975 released their single "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America" from their album, Notes on a Conditional Form on which Bridgers featured. She also features on three more songs from the same album.
On April 9, Bridgers released the song "Kyoto" and announced via an Instagram post that her second album, titled Punisher, would be released on June 19, 2020, but was released a day early on June 18, 2020. She stated, "I'm not [delaying] the record until things go back to 'normal' because I don't think they should. Here it is a little early." The album received widely positive reviews and made its debut at number 6 on the UK album charts week ending July 2, 2020.
Bridgers produced Christian Lee Hutson's third album Beginners, which was released in May 2020.
On October 5, 2020, Bridgers and Dead Oceans partnered to create a new record label called Saddest Factory.
While awaiting the results of the 2020 United States presidential election on November 3, Bridgers tweeted that she would cover "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls if Donald Trump lost. The cover, which was recorded as a duet with Maggie Rogers under the name Phoebe & Maggie, was released exclusively via Bridgers’ Bandcamp page for one day only on November 13 and was downloaded 28,000 times, with proceeds going towards Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action organization to promote fair elections in the state of Georgia as well as nationally. Though the song was available for one day, Billboard confirmed it would have been eligible to top their Digital Song Sales chart. On November 10, Bridgers announced an EP of four reworked tracks from Punisher titled Copycat Killer that was released digitally on November 20. On November 23, Bridgers released a cover of Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December" through Dead Oceans, with proceeds going towards Los Angeles' Downtown Women's Center.
Bridgers garnered four nominations at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Alternative Music Album.
On December 1, 2020, Bridgers released a music video for the song "Savior Complex". It was directed by actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge and stars Paul Mescal. She featured on the Kid Cudi track "Lovin Me" which appears on his album Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, which was released December 11.
Musical style and influences
Bridger's music has been categorized as indie rock, indie folk and emo folk. It often centres around acoustic guitar and incorporates atmospheric strings, production and electronic instrumentation. Her music has been described as "anxious", "melancholy" and "haunting". Lyrical themes include death, trauma, therapy, depression and strained relationships, "undercut by her dry wit" and "straightforward delivery". Several of Bridgers' songs are about personal issues, such as "Kyoto", which was inspired by her strained relationship with her father, and "Motion Sickness" and "ICU" which are about previous breakups. Her complex storytelling and use of evocative imagery has also been commended, such as in "Garden Song".
Bridgers has cited Elliott Smith as one of her favourite artists and her biggest influence on her songwriting and production style. Her song "Punisher" explores her meeting Smith if he were still alive. Other musical influences include bluegrass music, Bright Eyes, Blake Mills, Tom Waits and Nine Inch Nails. Her music often features a wide variety of popular culture references - the writing of author Joan Didion, ASMR videos, television series Fleabag and true crime podcast My Favorite Murder were influences on Punisher.
Bridgers is bisexual. Bridgers dated Ryan Adams beginning in 2014, before eventually breaking up; her song "Motion Sickness" is about the end of their relationship. Along with several other women, Bridgers accused Adams of sexual misconduct in a 2019 report by The New York Times. Bridgers was in a relationship with touring drummer and musical collaborator Marshall Vore until around 2017. Her song "ICU" is about the end of their relationship. They remain friends and collaborators. She has spoken about her struggles with major depressive disorder and anxiety, for which she has sought therapy.
Bridgers is very active on Twitter and has been noted for her humour on the site.
Bridgers is politically active. Bridgers, Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger released a cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 1966 song 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night updated to reflect events in 2019, including the shooting of Botham Jean, the opioid epidemic in the United States and the testimony of Mick Mulvaney in the Donald Trump impeachment trial. Bridgers released this song with a statement, "Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump. And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, fuck you." In 2020, she expressed support for and encouraged donations to racial justice charities via her website and called for the abolition of police during Punisher's release amid the George Floyd protests and released her and Maggie Rogers' cover of "Iris" as a single specifically to raise money for Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight Action, having vowed to release the cover if Donald Trump failed to win the 2020 United States presidential election.
- Stranger in the Alps (2017)
- Punisher (2020)
|2018||Libera Awards||Best American Roots & Folk Album||Stranger in the Alps||Nominated|
|2021||Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||Herself||Pending|
|Best Alternative Music Album||Punisher||Pending|
|Best Rock Performance||"Kyoto"||Pending|
|Best Rock Song||Pending|