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Bibi Bourelly at Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert 6/22/16. Photo by Justin James (@JustnJames_) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Bibi Bourelly at Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert 6/22/16. Photo by Justin James (@JustnJames_) for www.BlurredCulture.com.


Bibi Bourelly will change the way you think about courage. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter introduced the world to her incredible sound and indisputable spirit with her two singles, “Ego” and “Riot,” which Fader magazine called “brilliantly raw,” and she’s gearing up to do even more. Her sound is a balancing act of tough, wise worldliness and vulnerability that makes her a true force to be reckoned with.

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Bibi Bourelly was the first to take the stage for Santa Monica’s first show of the Twilight Concert Series. The singer/songwriter who gained notable attention from an early age writing songs for artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, and Usher is proving to the world that she is a significant performer as well. Through her performance, Bourelly was able to give her music new life, infusing every lyric and melody with a truly real sense of purpose and authenticity. It was breathtaking for me, and I’m sure that it was just as breathtaking for the rest of the audience as well

Her performance was strengthened by the capable playing of her backing band, the live sonics of which added an intense surge of emotion to her music. She mixed it up too by performing soulful covers of songs like Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” and Anna Nalick’s “Breathe”, but regardless of whose music she was singing, every moment of her performance had the crowd vibing in step with her, with anticipation of what was coming next.

Bourelly left the stage in the same way she controlled it; like a rock star. Thankfully acknowledging the crowd, she exited while her band played through a heavy jam session. One of my favorite moments from her performance was when she sang, “If I go, I’m gon’ start a riot, I’m fighting for my life here, I’m gonna give y’all everything tonight.” This is the vulnerability that Bourelly is trying so hard to express, the struggle that still comes from being free. But it’s that struggle that’s so essential to everything Bibi Bourelly stands for.

“I’m not saying I never get scared,” she says, “but I’m saying I don’t give a fuck if I’m scared.” It’s all part of the journey, creative and otherwise, and for Bourelly, that journey is only just beginning.

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