Bridget Kelly is no stranger to the District. The singer/songwriter has graced the stage three times since she’s been in the game and this past September was no different. So when Kelly came to U St. Music Hall during her “Summer of 17” tour, it was as if she was among friends.
Kelly first made waves as a songwriter and was soon signed to the Jay-Z owned label Roc Nation in 2008. In 2014, she parted ways with the label and has been independent ever since. But it seems as though her fans never missed a beat. As she performed to the intimate crowd, it was tough to hear her over her fans singing along to songs like “Act Like That,” her most recent single off of her newest EP Summer of 17.
Kelly thanked her fans for “rocking with her” for so long through the ups and downs of her career and promised them that she’ll continue to create music for as long as she can. She launched into her last song, and arguably most popular song, of her set “Special Delivery” before she left the stage. But within 10 minutes, the songstress was back to exchange hugs and take pictures with her fans. Many of the overheard conversations sounded like girlfriends catching up, personifying the difference between a contracted artist and an independent artist—relatability.