Dec 3, 2021 - News

Brittney Spencer breaks big

Brittney Spencer sings at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Brittney Spencer. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

When Brittney Spencer came to Nashville in 2013, she sang for tips next to a hot dog stand in Printers Alley.

Why it matters: After eight years of fighting to make it in the country music industry, Spencer is getting the kind of exposure that could catapult her to a new level of fame and success.

  • In a genre still grappling with its lack of diversity, Spencer is part of a growing group of Black artists getting mainstream buzz.
  • "As of right now, I feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be. And I feel like I belong right where I am," Spencer tells Axios. "I'm truly living in the moment as best as I can, and I'm having fun."

Flashback: About a year after she moved to town, Spencer enrolled in Middle Tennessee State University's recording industry program.

  • She graduated in December 2017 and began writing and performing with several collaborators.

Driving the news: The last few months of Spencer's career have been a whirlwind.

Between the lines: Spencer says she is drawn to country music because of its intricate story songs. Her own work is an intimate reflection on relationships, faith, and heartache.

  • "It's not the only place where you can tell a story, but country music feels like a really beautiful place for me to tell mine," she says.

What she's saying: Spencer says she's entering the genre during a "breakthrough moment" for Black artists.

  • "There is a certain weight and a certain responsibility, but also a certain joy, that comes with being a minority in this space and getting to both excel and to know that you're also probably breaking down a barrier and holding a door for another artist that looks just like you to do the same one day."

What's next: Spencer's headlining tour takes her to The Basement East on Thursday.

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