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Bermudian songbird Bailey Outerbridge got a “once in a lifetime” show when she opened for the Beach Boys over the weekend.

And proud parents Andrew and Phoebe Outerbridge said the rock ‘n’ roll legends jokingly passed on a request to Bermuda.

Front men Mike Love and Bruce Johnston want to know when they’ll get some official thanks for name-checking the Island in the lyrics of the song ‘Kokomo’?

“They talked about coming to Bermuda before,” the 18-year-old US-based singer recalled of hanging out backstage with the two and their band. “We talked a lot about music — they asked about my own inspirations, and we talked about their children.”

Ms Outerbridge opened the show at Stamford, Connecticut’s Palace Theatre on Saturday night, singing a duet with Caroline Jones.

The two sang their acoustic take on ‘When You Believe’, a song made famous by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

“There was a great atmosphere,” Ms Outerbridge said, calling the 1,400-strong venue “pretty intimate”.

The show was in benefit of the childhood disease charity Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART).

“Our music is pretty different. But what’s great about the Beach Boys is their music is relatable to every generation.”

The Beach Boys brought the crowd to their feet, with beach balls bouncing around the venue, she said.

Ms Outerbridge arrives in Bermuda today on holiday with her family, and will be back on July 19 to perform a solo show at City Hall, in aid of DART and the Bermuda Diabetes Association.

Her father said the time backstage with the two veteran musicians was “the time of my life”.

“It was awesome; they were really fun, really approachable — they reminded me of Bermudian people. I really want to get them to come back to Bermuda.”

Of the performance, Mr Outerbridge added: “It never ceases to amaze me when I watch her.

“She exudes poise, confidence and talent while always remaining quietly understated. Singing a duet of a song made by two iconic stars like Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey is huge undertaking in itself. But they did a stellar and believable rendition that brought tears to my eyes and many others, as I was repeatedly told by people after the event.

“It was certainly a proud parent moment,” he said.

Useful website: danasangels.org.

Bailey Outerbridge performs at the Palace Theatre during the DART concert in Stamford, Connecticut, on Saturday night.
Bailey with Beach Boys band member Bruce Johnston
Bailey with singer Mike Love, who is one of the founding members of the Beach Boys.

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Published June 03, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 03, 2013 at 9:20 am)

Bailey’s ‘once in a lifetime’ show

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