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 or on an airplane more than she is anywhere else. The highway truly has become her home.
Bri started her band, titled “The Banned”, in 2011 after a top 10 finish on CMT’s Next Superstar, a singing competition and reality show.
Bri 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 5x Texas Female Vocalist of the year, but she says her biggest accomplishment is a full calendar of tour dates and a growing fan base.
Red 11 Music out of Nashville books Bri, but she operates with no 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.