Bibi Bourelly will change the way you think about fearlessness. The 21-year-old singer and songwriter introduced the world to her remarkable sound and undeniable spirit…and she’s gearing up to do even more. Her sound is a balancing act of tough, wise worldliness and vulnerability that makes her a true force to be reckoned with.
Bourelly was born in Berlin, to a guitar-player father and an art world powerhouse mother. Creativity, and most importantly music, were literally in her blood. Bourelly says of her musical upbringing, “You know the way babies pick up on words? I learned music like another language, because it was all around me.” Technical skill and knowledge is only one element of what it takes to be an artist, though, and Bourelly says that her sound would be nothing like it is today were it not for the death of her mother from cancer when Bourelly was just six years old. Her mother’s death, and the forced self-reliance she had to learn after it, is the foundation of her songwriting. In addition to introducing her to the experience of profound loss and pain at a very young age, her mother’s death taught Bourelly to live life as freely as possible and to not take her desires for granted.
Her voice is soulful -- powerful but rough, a little frayed around the edges like the morning after a long night. “I’m not saying I never get scared,” she says, “but I’m saying I don’t give a f*** if I’m scared.” It’s all part of the journey, creative and otherwise, and for Bourelly, that journey is only just beginning.
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