White picket fences, pink lemonade, and guitar picking on the porch. It could be a scene out of Pleasantville or the backdrop for an American dream. In just such a setting was singer and song writer Bridget Nicole Reynolds bred and raised.
"My address says Kitts Hill, Ohio. It is the true picture perfect small town. Everybody knows one another and would give you the shirt off of there back if they thought you needed it worse. I wouldn't change the experiences I gained there for anything in the world. I learned how to help others and be humbled by what I have, things that today we often forget about." says the 23 year old honey blond, whose loving and supportive tone of her upbringing rings through in the sweetness of her voice and melody. "I have always been taught that without understanding where you came from you cant be thankful for what you've got. I feel music is the same way. If we don't understand where country got its start its hard to draw inspiration and appreciate where it is today. I always knew that country was where my heart lied. Even though I listen to everything from new country to the classic hair bands, and sing everything from Gospel to Southern Rock and Blues, there is just a feeling I get when I hear a great country song that lets me know that's what I was meant for."
This meaning was realized in Bridget's early years upon the front porch swing as she swang and sang along with her loved ones.
"I had a wonderful childhood. I grew up on a farm as an only child, though I had every animal you can think of. I was always the kid into something. I was in 4-H, where I showed pigs at our annual county fair. I enjoyed spending time outside helping with tobacco or farm chores as well as being inside helping in the kitchen. Even in my childhood, I spent a lot of my free time singing. Its my grandma Bertha who put the love of music in my heart. She would sing all of the classics from Patsy Cline to Loretta Lynn and my uncle David would play the guitar. I also have a cousin who was actually raised up with members of the Beach Boys and used to play and sing with them. Music has always played an important role in this family. I was always surrounded by so many loving people who have supported me in everything I set out to do."
Her first performance upon the stage was conducted before the audience of her kindergarten graduation. Love of song and stage never dimmed from that moment, but continued to grew along with her.
"In elementary school I was blessed to have a wonderful music teacher by the name of Danny Payne. He saw something in me and he pushed me from day one to go above and beyond my expectations." Bridget recalls. "I was singing for a Relay for Life cancer benefit at my school and after I was through I spent over an hour surrounded by children in early elementary that were thanking me for singing something, and telling me how much they wanted to be just like me. That was so touching that a small child would look up to me and want to try to be like me. In that moment I felt like all the things that I believe in might rub off on the children of our future, and if one person could grow up to love and admire those around them for who they are then I did my job."
"Those close to me would say I'm the girl that always wears a smile. I love to laugh and have a great time." says the country belle, and what makes her smile the most is music. "It is my outlet, my livelihood, my passion and my world. I can't imagine not singing or being around music. It is a universal language. No matter who you are, or where your from, if you find a great song, everyone can relate and be united. Music has such an amazing power and message, something that I'm proud to help deliver."
"I have been so thankful for the opportunities that I have had in the past and each year it just blows me away that I am continually blessed. I have an amazing band that helps make all of the shows possible." Bridget tells us, whose members include Mike Allen as lead guitarist, Bob Hale on bass, and drummer Dewey Fry. "Aside from that I'm working so hard on my songwriting skills, I have some amazing opportunities lined up so far and so many more that are in the future."
While panning for a golden opportunity amongst those streams of opportunity, it turned out to be coal that brought forth a lifelong dream for Bridget.
"In early February I had an opportunity to sing with Loretta Lynn, and the remaining members of the Coal Miners Band, as well as the new members. For all of those unfamiliar with the Coal Miners Band, that is Loretta's band that she has toured with since the very beginning."
"Over the past couple of years I've opened for George Jones, Kellie Pickler, Keith Anderson, Rick Huckaby, Bobbie Bare and Ron Williams just to name a few! What I have learned has been to just take each opportunity as a learning experience. I have always admired and taken advice from other singers. I think that today we need more people as role models and someone to look up to. Each time I take the stage I try and walk away with something new. "
Bridget hopes one day to take that final step towards Nashville, but regardless of where she goes the her talent and personality will be sure to clear a way.
"To be honest, as long as there is music, my future is looking bright!"
written by Josh Schrader