We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigitte Mena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Yes! Back in March when we went into lockdown, I came across an article from “Psychology Today” about the pressure to be productive and creative during the shelter-in-place orders from the COVID-19 outbreak. As someone who displays a Type-A personality, I have felt this “productive pressure” go into complete overdrive during this pandemic, as I already deal with it in my regular daily life. The article talks about how although it’s okay to discover new pursuits and be creative during this time, it is also okay to be “unproductive” in a sense. Everyone is dealing with this pandemic in their own unique way, and it’s important to acknowledge that and not feel like we have to be the next Van Gogh during this time. Personally, I spent quarantine finishing my second album and am very thankful to have had that extra time.
I’ve been writing songs since I was in eighth grade and released my first solo album back in 2018. My new album, “Element” is set to release August 21st, which I am super excited about! I classify my music in the pop-rock genre, but you’ll find some inspiration from country and blues on my upcoming record. I worked with several different musicians on it, so naturally, there will be a shift in the sound compared to my last album. I’m looking forward to sharing all of my new material super soon!
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My family is definitely who I’d like to thank for my success in music. I was lucky enough to grow up in a household where my family encouraged me to follow my dreams, even if that meant taking risks being a musician. My mom in particular has attended countless shows of mine and has never once doubted me. And my older sister has always been right there with me to offer advice and simply listen. Their support has definitely been crucial to my career. It’s already difficult enough making a living in the arts, and I don’t know where I’d be today without the encouragement of my family.
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