If you ask Bri Bagwell where her current “home” is, you’ll most likely get a chuckle and a sigh. The Las Cruces, NM native will always be in love with her hometown, but she is in a 15-passenger white van more than she is anywhere else. The highway truly has become her home.
With more than 120 tour dates per year, Miss Bagwell describes performing as her “ultimate passion” in life. For the past three years, she somehow found the time to write for her former publishing company (Sony ATV), by flying back and forth to Nashville during the weekdays for writing appointments. She started her band, “The Banned”, in 2011 after a top 10 finish on CMT’s Next Superstar, a singing competition and reality show.She released her first album “Banned from Santa Fe” in summer of 2011, and a self-titled EP in September of 2013. Both have sold through multiple printings, and she has had impressive success on the Texas Music Chart, especially for a female.
She has been named Texas Female Vocalist of the year for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2106 but she says her biggest accomplishment is a full calendar of tour dates and a growing fan base.
Her new album “When A Heart Breaks” was released in May of 2015 (completely independent) and debuted #72 on the national Billboard charts. It was named one of the Top 10 Texas Country Albums of 2015 by the Houston Press, and the first single off of the album “My Boots” was one of the only female #1 songs on the Texas charts. The Dallas Observer named her one of the “Biggest Winners of Texas Country” in 2015, and she already has tour dates booked well into 2016. We can expect more exciting news from the girl who just can’t sit still.She is booked by Red 11 out of Nashville, but operates with no management or record label. Her popularity is 100% word-of-mouth and self-promotion. Not to say she isn’t hopeful for both of those in the future.
Awards & Nominations
2013 — Texas Music Awards – Texas Female Vocalist of the Year
2014 — Texas Music Awards – Texas Female Vocalist of the Year
2015 — Texas Music Awards – Texas Female Vocalist of the Year
2016 — Texas Music Awards – Texas Female Vocalist of the Year