Bridget Gray

Bridget Gray

BandSpoken Word

Biography

At age 15 Bridget Gray entered a poetry contest with a vulnerable poem about the father she has never met. The piece took top honors and was published. This was just small glimpse of what was to come. After pursuing a degree in theatre and dance at Northern Illinois University Bridget decided to take her chances in Los Angeles. With little more than her ambition she left the mid-west to follow her dream of being an actress and a writer. Persistence paid off and she has had several film and television appearances including a cameo in "Austin Powers 2", guest starring roles on CBS' "The District", UPN's "The Hughley's", Disney's " The Magic Jersey and a feature in Madonna's "Music" video. Although she was working as an actress, Bridget's passion for writing had not been forgotten.

In 1998 she combined both her loves- performance and poetry. In 1999 she won the first competitive poetry slam she ever entered. Soon after that she started rocking mics at hip-hop spots all over Soutern California. Bridget hasn't stopped trailblazing on the spokenword scene since. She continued to win various slams across the country including HBO's Soul Poetry Slam, The Battle of L.A. and The Nuyorican in N.Y. Bridget is the only female to become a two time Grand Slam Champion back to back in L.A. and Hollywood, securing her a spot on both perspective slam teams which she represented for in 3 National Poetry Competitions.

2001 marked the release of Bridget's 1st cd "Shades of Gray" which has now sold over 15,000 copies independantly. She has been a featured poet on ABC's "Eye On L.A.", BET's "Lyric Cafe" and brought the house down receiving an extended standing ovation at her taping of HBO's "Def Poetry Jam". Her dynamic stage presence and thought inducing lyrics have led her to become a highly sought after speaker on the college circuit. She has lectured and performed at over a dozen university's and colleges including: Princeton, UCLA, and USC.

In 2003 Bridget was chosen from over 400 poets/MC's across the country to become the voice and face for Nissan's "Electric Moyo" campaign. She took on the alias Sypher1 and hit the road for a 3 month nation wide tour. She made stops 10 major cities across the country, hosting some the hottest events and opening for name acts such as The Black Eyed Peas, Joss Stone and Eryakah Badu just to name a few. Along the way she interviewed local artists and celebrities inside a customized sedan that had been turned into a mobile broadcasting station that allowed her to pirate into 66 national Nissan radio advertisements. The spots were so cutting edge the Ad Age magazine ranked Electric Moyo #4 in the top 10 Non-Traditional Campaigns in 2003, listing Sypher1 [bridget gray] as the poetess running the show.

In 2004 the success of this campaign lead Bridget to become the host of a nationally syndicated radio program airing in the same 10 cities she toured. Main stream Radio One stations including L.A.'s 100.3, Chicago's 92.3, and N.Y. 107.5 got a dose of spokenword and interviews with Bridget in the driver seat. Guests on her show included Alicia Keys, Ice Cube, Issac Hayes, Kelis and many more.

Currently, 2005 marks the long awaited release of Bridget's 2nd cd "Self Love" with tracks produced by Grammy nominated Spontaneous, and industry vetran Rochad Holiday. She still volunteers with youth and regularly performs at L.A hot spots as well as special engagements through out the country. For performace dates and more info about Bridget please email info@bridgetgray.com.