Debut Island concert for Bermudian singer who supported The Beach Boys
Bermudian singer Bailey Outerbridge first performed in front of an audience while singing a Nora Jones’ song at her fourth grade talent show.
The performance took many people by surprise and, from then on, instilled in her a great love for the stage.
“My parents said that people were shocked to see this little girl come out with the kind of sophisticated song in a low key and it surprised everyone,” she told
The Royal Gazette.
“That was my first real performance. It was very exciting and always feels amazing (being on stage).
“I get very bad stage fright beforehand and I am nervous, but once I am on stage singing, I lose myself in the moment and just love performing and entertaining people.”
Ms Outerbridge has garnered a lot of support from the local community over the past few years. Her cover of The Beatles’ song ‘Revolution’ was included in the Bermuda John Lennon Tribute album and charity concert last summer; another original song entitled ‘All a Blur’ was featured on the local ‘Ride the Wave 2’ album.
To thank her fans on the Island, the 18-year-old songwriter will be hosting her debut concert on these shores next Friday (July 19).
She will be performing alongside a band of all-star musicians, called The Crossing Band, at the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall at 8pm.
“I decided to do my first solo concert in Bermuda because it’s where I’m from, and I have a lot of supporters from Bermuda,” she said.
“I am really excited about performing, but it’s also a nerve-racking process putting on a solo show and just hoping it will go well. I am really excited to see how it turns out and see the finished product of all the hard work.”
She will be performing 12 songs, including some original pieces and a few popular cover songs.
One tune she expects should be a hit with younger audiences is called ‘Another Summer’, about the joys of having fun and enjoying the summer months. The pop song has an upbeat and Island-feel to it, she said.
The Crossing Band is comprised of professional US based musicians — Shane Keister, Anthony Krizan, TJ Tindall, Jacob Huffman, and Jason Ott — each of whom have individually worked on gold and platinum records and garnered numerous Grammy nominations.
Ms Outerbridge said she considered herself “extremely lucky” and “proud” to be working with musicians of that calibre.
The singer said music has been an important part of her life since she was a child. She always had a piano in her house and started writing her own songs around age nine or ten.
“I did talent shows when I was little and that grew to open-mic nights and bigger shows,” she said.
One of those bigger shows took place earlier this year when she opened for The Beach Boys, at a fundraising gala in Stamford, Connecticut.
She has also recently recorded three original songs that are available on iTunes; and is also working on her debut mini-album to be released this fall.
Ms Outerbridge is hoping the demo will set her on the path to getting a production deal, particularly one where the recording label helps to finance the creation of the album.
Either way she plans to continue making songs and touring with her music. She said she wasn’t in this business simply to become famous and simply wants to share her music with the world. “Everyone wants a career doing what they love and for me that is just music,” she explained.
She will be donating proceeds from the concert to a few charities close to her heart: the Bermuda Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART).
She said: “My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with diabetes in March and he has been learning a lot about diabetes since then. I wanted to help out with that, so I am really excited to be donating to these causes.”
The musician has also been involved with DART since she started working with her manager, Jan Roeg, and considers it “a really compelling organisation and cause”.
She hopes the debut concert will sell out and encourages people of all ages to come out and hear her latest tunes.
“I definitely hope to leave people feeling inspired and wanting to hear more of my music, and also hope they will follow along with my career and what I’m doing and get more support,” she said.
Tickets, $55-$65, can be purchased online at www.premierticketsglobal.com or by phoning 278-1500.
For more information or to hear music from the artist, visit www.reverbnation.com/baileyouterbridge.