Hello, I'm Bridgette
WHO I AM
I am a Classical Singer, Entrepreneur, Mom, and Director of Operations for a thriving small business located in an opportunity HUBzone in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I also live. I attended high school at Immaculate Conception Academy in Washington, DC, then studied music at East Carolina University in North Carolina. My father's family came from the Bahamas (Eleuthera) and settled the area now known as Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida. My parents met in Washington, DC, while attending St. Luke's Episcopal Church. My father worked his way through college and law school, then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. My mother is a former opera singer and educator from Washington, DC. In 2018, I became the first Bahamian American woman to run for United States Congress in Congressional District 8.
I have a very diverse career in the arts, as a small business owner, and former music educator. I am the recipient of several awards of singing and featured in publications such as Black Enterprise Magazine, ABC Here and Now, Scholar Magazine, and more. While on tour, I was recognized by the U.S. Embassy in Canada for creating a performing arts event and having 100% of the proceeds go to a homeless shelter located in Ottawa. After almost ten years touring as an opera singer, my goal was to create an in-depth educational experience through classical music for children from low-income families, who were not able to access performing and career opportunities through the arts due to financial barriers. I created the first dinner theater program where children learned about careers in the performing arts both on stage and off, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Ward 8 and the first music educator to nominated as New Teacher of the Year in Washington DC.