Bri Fletcher is a woman of many talents! Along with being an incredible singer-songwriter who just dropped her new song “Therapy” today, she is also a public speaker and the owner/creator of her foundation Debully, which aims to reduce bullying in schools while simultaneously teaching children how to cope with it.
Written by Fletcher, Wes Strunk and Nate Alan, “Therapy” features textured vocals and impressive production. A sound that recalls a mix of Lauren Alaina and Lauren Daigle with a unique tone similar to Ellie Goulding, Fletcher’s broad vocal ability is sure to make her an artist to watch.
Celeb Secrets Country caught up with Bri for girl chat about the inspiration and vulnerability behind her songs, her foundation Debully, and her love for travel, fashion and makeup. Take a read at the full Q&A below and let us know what you think of “Therapy” by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
You can connect with Bri by following her on Instagram at @brifletcher.
Celeb Secrets Country: Your new single ‘Therapy’ is finally here. Can you talk about the inspiration behind the song during the writing process?
Bri Fletcher: “It was a very weird day when we went to the writing session. I literally had no idea what I wanted to write about. My mind was a little bit foggy so we sat down, me, Nate Allen, and Wes Strung and we were just brain storming ideas and he was like, ‘Well what’s going on in your life?’ And I was like, ‘You know to be honest, I just feel like every time I have a conversation with like a friend or something, it just feels very one sided and I feel like I’m their therapist.’ And he said, ‘That’s it. Let’s write that song.’ So we did. It’s super relabeled and the people I’ve showed it to were like “Wow I’ve never thought about that but I definitely feel that a lot.”
CSC: You also have another song called “Stay The Same.” You’ve said it’s a very vulnerable song for you. What makes it so vulnerable and what was the inspiration?
BF: “Since I’ve been in Nashville, I’ve been trying to write more vulnerable songs and less surface level songs and actually really feel the emotion. So there was one day that I was really feeling just hopeless in the sense of a love relationship, in a friendship or even just in your career, and I wasn’t feeling progress with anything in my life. I felt like everything was just on this hamster wheel and nothing was changing or evolving. So that was my hopeful cry out where things would get better and not stay the same. It’s a weird emotion to pinpoint but when you listen to the song you’re like, ‘Oh I feel that!'”
CSC: Something really cool is that you started your own foundation called “Debully.” Can you tell us about it?
BF: “We started that back in 2012. I actually was bullied really bad from elementary to middle school and I ended up doing two and half years in one during high school and I graduated early. I was sitting down thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, and I knew I wanted to do something with music, but I was having a heart to heart with my dad and he’s like, ‘Well what do you want to do in this world?’ And I was like, “Not only do I want to do music, but I want to make people’s lives better. I also want to help people not ever go through what I went through or feel how I felt when I was getting bullied.’ So we kind of just combined the two and put this huge production together. It’s a full on set up with lights, camera, video and the whole band, and in-between songs, I’ll share my story and tips on how I coped with bullying. The thing that makes us a little bit different is we actually kind of call out the bully. We’re like, ‘I just want to let you know if you’re bullying people you’re sending a message that you’re insecure and a little bit weaker. So nobody wants to present themselves that way so keep that in mind next time you want to say something negative.’ And usually they’re like, ‘Oh. Okay.’ And anytime someone close in age can be like, ‘I promise it gets better. It’s going to be like this for the next few year but this is how to cope with it.’ And just be super direct with them. Because I feel a lot of times when people do speaking they kind of beat around this bush and people just want honesty and super realness.”
CSC: Do you have any big or exciting plans coming up like any collaborations or album?
BF: “Yes! It has been a crazy time and still trying to figure out how to navigate that, but after my song ‘Therapy’ comes out we’re in the works of releasing an EP and I have a music video coming which is really exciting for ‘Therapy’ which I can’t wait for people to see. So that’s my goal to just tackle it day by day and get as much music out into the world as possible.”
CS: Can you talk a little bit about the music video for ‘Therapy’?
BF: “I can tell a little bit. The concept is going to be a therapist and it’s going to be all these different sides of showing what people go through daily and showing the effects of taking on people’s problems.”
CSC: You’re also really into fashion and travel. Can you talk about your travels and where your dream travel spot would be?
BF: “My husband and I love, love, love to travel. The first year that we were married we traveled every month and went to like 12 countries because we were like, ‘We want to see the world and see what’s out there while we can.’ Iceland was amazing. I would recommend that to everyone. It’s just a different way of seeing the world and nature. When things open again I think I want to go to the Maldives. I think that would be so fun so that’s my dream vacation.”
CSC: Since you and your husband haven’t been able to travel lately because of the pandemic, what are some things you’ve been doing to stay entertained during quarantine?
BF: “We’ve been doing a lot of re-organizing in the house, but we’ve been trying to take small road trips and go hiking and try to enjoy what we can. We took a small trip to Charleston for our anniversary and did the safety and wore the masks the whole time and it was just a new way of traveling, but it was still good to get out.”
CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets Country, can you tell us a behind the scenes secret or interesting fact that fans wouldn’t know just by listening to your music?
BF: “I used to be a makeup artist and if music for some reason wasn’t in my future that would be my career path because I absolutely love doing it. I used to do all these crazy looks and during quarantine I haven’t practiced and ventured out as much but that’s definitely something I want to get back into.”