Raheem DeVaughn’s story begins with music—his mother’s vinyl collection to be exact. “I always loved music so I would sneak into her record collection when she wasn’t around and play her stuff,” says DeVaughn. Although his parents were not together, his father, noted jazz musician Abdul Wadud, was an influence as well. “Music was just always around me”, says DeVaughn. “I can remember at a very young age, standing in my mother’s living room, listening to music and saying to myself, ‘I’m going to be an entertainer.’ It was that simple for me. I think I just always knew.”
Born and raised in the neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City, Bridget Kelly lives in the epicenter of fashion, theater and art, but music is where she found her home. Growing up in a household where Motown, Jazz and Pop songs were always playing, Bridget’s love affair with music was sparked at a very early age:”When I was about 3-years-old, I would watch movies with my parents, and The Sound of Music was the first time I really discovered music. I remember the following Christmas, I got up on a chair and sang Christmas carols at the top of my lungs,” she recalls.
By 2008, BK was more than ready to take her career to the next level, writing songs on her Blackberry phone every day and performing regularly at open mic shows in clubs around downtown NYC; once even on a subway platform in Union Square! It was later that same year, after her management landed a once in a lifetime meeting with Roc Nation’s A&R team, that BK’s tenacity paid off – she was signed to her first major recording and publishing deal. As the saying goes “timing is everything,” and BK’s time has certainly come!When asked what she would most like to accomplish as an artist, the 23-year-old budding star confidently states: “I hope to touch someone’s life through my writing or my voice, even if it’s just one person. I’ve always found music to be the most effective means for people to relate to one another, so if what I write and sing about is relatable to people, I’ll be successful.”