Brigitte DeMeyer reently released Savannah Road. (David McClister)
Acoustic soul artist Brigitte DeMeyer has been actively working on producing music for her fans around the globe. After recently rocking the stage of The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on May 10, DeMeyer has continued to showcase her talents and her newly released sixth-studio album Savannah Road.
Inspired by the inimitable spirit of the South, Savannah Road, produced from indie label BDM Music, features 13 tracks. Listeners can be reeled in after hearing the first note of the album, accompanied by her soothing voice and the stunning instrumentals. The soulful and warm artist produced this stripped down and raw record that consists of an immaculate sound. DeMeyer’s lyrics have been stripped down and tell novels of life, love, mystery, and yearning.
According to DeMeyer, Gregg Allman’s book, My Cross to Bear, influenced the entirety of the record, most heavily with the title track.
“I read about different parts of the South and its history – it inspired me,” shares DeMeyer.
“Just living here and being exposed to different songwriters and roots music [is a plus],” she continued. The novel took the folk artist onto different musical and emotional journeys that heavily impacted the record.
When asked why she titled the album Savannah Road, she said, “I read of Savannah, a spooky and old city that had a lot of vibes to it.”
There is also a track on the album that shares the same name and has a sound that is soulfully enticing. She sings, “Oh, Savannah,” with such a melodic tone and draws attention to her diverse range of vocal talents.
The tracks, including “Boy’s Got a Soul” and “Say You Will Be Mine,” depict her chill and soothing attitude that correlates with her personal production of the music. Her sixth album, which was released April 29, was recorded in her own home and studio, for the most part. For the first time in her career, she also produced the whole collection.
“Will and I have strong musical chemistry; I discovered that on my first recording project with him,” DeMeyer shares with Broadwayworld.com. “I could describe a sound I wanted and he’d play it. We’ve been writing together now for over two years. There’s a comfort level that’s grown with Will that’s essential to good songwriting for me. We have a connection. We anticipate what the other is going to do and play off it. It’s hard to describe a vibe between folks, but, in a nutshell, we click.”
With her return back to Los Angeles being a prominent thing in her life, DeMeyer confirms that she has changed her sound a lot depending on different points in her life. In Southern California, she makes it known that subcultures exist, including one of her personal favorites, “beach cultures.”
Southern California, home to hundreds of popular venues, is a place destined for the uprising musician. As a California native, DeMeyer says, “Any place from the Hollywood Bowl to the Caves Guitar Shops [specifically in Los Angeles] would be a dream to play.”
Growing up in a city of oceanic and soulful ambiances, DeMeyer feels that playing local venues is equivalent to progressing in the industry, regardless of how many individuals the room holds.
“Humphreys was a huge venue to me when growing up in San Diego,” said DeMeyer. “I’m actually playing there this weekend; Southern California is loaded. There’s a bunch of great venues down here.”
DeMeyer opens for Gregg Allman on Sunday, May 18 at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay in San Diego at 7 p.m.
“I continue to evolve constantly,” she said. “I’m constantly writing; I don’t know what my next project’s going to be. I’m going to do my best to put this music out into the world From the West Coast to playing in New York – I am touring in the fall in the UK and Europe. I want to get this out as much as possible and hopefully people will like it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the future but I know I’ll be playing music.”
Steven Ward contributed to this story.