ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bri Bagwell has come a long way since growing up in Las Cruces.
The country singer is the two-time reigning Texas Regional Radio Female Vocalist of the Year. Oh, she’s also just released her latest album, “When a Heart Breaks.”
“It’s all going so good,” she says during a recent phone interview. “It’s super busy and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Bagwell’s profile has continued to rise since she moved to Austin from Las Cruces a few years ago. Since then, she’s done all of her music as an independent artist, often writing and recording everything on her own.
Her new album is a culmination of a few years of writing.
“I’ve gotten more confident with my writing,” she says. “With this album, this was the first time I was in a proper studio to record. I had a lot of control over the entire project and I really enjoyed the process.”
Bagwell’s confidence in writing came from having a songwriting deal with Sony Nashville a few years ago. She would fly to Nashville, Tenn., and have to write solo and with a co-writer.
“Adjusting to the process took some time,” she says. “I was on their schedule and needed to submit a song a month. I learned so much from so many of the other writers. My confidence grew and it helped me get motivated for this album.”
Bagwell’s show in Albuquerque at Stereo Bar will be a homecoming of sorts for the singer. She’s been away on tour and hasn’t had a lot of time to get back to New Mexico.
“My whole family is driving up for the show,” she says. “It’s going to be a very special night. There’s new music that I want everyone to hear.”
Bagwell can’t wait to get back into the studio to record, as she has enough material for another album.
“I just have to tour some more and save up some more money for the studio time,” she says. “Music is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was young. Being able to do this for a living is my dream coming true.”