Briar is a singer of vintage jazz, blues and original music. By blending a powerful voice with stories about the history and origins of her music, she shines a light on singers and tales that have been forgotten by the country that created them. Raised in the small community of Chimacum, Washington, Briar uses her music to help explore her unique background as a black woman from the rural Pacific Northwest.
Whether belting Bessie Smith numbers or crooning original songs about Sherlock Holmes, her performances are defined by her combination of grace and playfulness, elegance crossed with down-home bravado.
In addition to her regular engagements as a singer and ukulele player, Brair teaches music for Seattle JazzEd, is a leader of the Rhapsody Project, and is currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Science from Olympic University.
" ...one who must be surrounded with music written by and for Her People. "
"... I am a Queen.
A Voice. A truth seeker and my Soul
is my guide. You may call me
" ...a great singer, a woman of grace and power."
Briar is working with her team to record her debut album, the goal is to release it in 2020--stay tuned!
THE RHAPSODY PROJECT
Roots Music Education
This program works to celebrate and extend the power of American roots music to strengthen communities, facilitate cross-generational exchanges, and deepen connections to heritage.