Up and coming singer/songwriter Bridgette Perdue is a new member of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She is currently working on an album and a live show. As part of the Membership Spotlight Series, Eseosa Azenabor, GPAC Intern and 1st year Master of Entertainment Industry Management at Carnegie Mellon University, met with Bridgette.
GPAC: Tell us about yourself as an artist?
Bridgette: I am Bridgette Perdue and I am a singer songwriter. I play piano and write original pop, R&B music, do shows, create and all that fun stuff. My sound is upbeat, vibrant, positive, inspiring, and empowering with a little bit of wit. [laughs] I have been performing pretty much my whole life. My mom taught me how to play the piano from age 4 and so I stuck with it and trained throughout middle and high school and then went to Point Park for their conservatory program in musical theatre. I became serious about doing music full time starting in 2010.
GPAC: What are you working on now and what do you have coming next?
Bridgette: I am working on a new show called “Uncommon” because I wanted to do something outside the box. It will be taking place at the Hill House Kaufmann Center on November 20th at 7pm. In the show, I’m going to be playing different instruments, incorporating my dance background, spoken word, and visual art surrounding original work that will be in my upcoming album. The album is set to be released in early 2015.
GPAC: Are you a completely independent artist or are you signed to an independent label as well?
Bridgette: I’m a fully independent artist. I work with an awesome team of producers and musicians here in Pittsburgh and they don’t have a label so I’m not signed to any label.
GPAC: What are some challenges that you face as an independent artist?
Bridgette: Doing everything on your own can be difficult [laughs]. As an independent artist, a lot of it is grassroots effort and picking up the phone and making those calls, making personal connections and playing for however long it takes to build up that fan base where people will come out in larger numbers to see a show.
Bridgette performing at a local event
GPAC: What led you to become a member of GPAC and how long have you been a member?
Bridgette: I’ve known about GPAC and its services for a while. I’ve become affiliated with a lot of different organizations that are connected to GPAC so it seemed fitting for me to join.. I committed to become a member when they were promoting the Unleashed Artists Fund so my membership has been active for a few months.
GPAC: How has your membership been helpful for you?
Bridgette: It’s such a great resource to help young artists and help them figure out what their next step is or how to make the right connections. It’s an organization that serves the community of artists in Pittsburgh through resources, information, and they also provide great access to funding. They also have Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and they were helpful when I needed legal advice.
GPAC: What GPAC resources are you expecting to use as a new member?
Bridgette: I expect to utilize the discounts offered and to take advantage of the different workshops being offered and also expect their support. They’ve always been a phone call away to discuss grants or project ideas or whatever else I have in mind.
GPAC: Do you have any parting thoughts?
Bridgette: I’m grateful for GPAC. It truly a gem and once artists take the time to see what GPAC has to offer, it really blows you away. I think it’s so special to have in our city. I think they really do fulfill their mission and that’s a good thing.
GPAC: How can people connect with you? (Web, Facebook, etc.)
Bridgette: My show calendar is available at www.BridgettePerdue.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bridgetteperdue, Twitter: @bridgetteperdue, Instagram: @bridgette_perdue