Bridget Kearney

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Bridget Kearney


2012 Spring Skunk Music Festival
Background information
Birth nameBridget Ellen Kearney
Born (1985-06-10) June 10, 1985 (age 33)
Iowa City, Iowa
GenresR&B, pop music, indie music, bluegrass
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, vocal music
InstrumentsDouble bass, vocals, guitar, piano, gimbri
Years active2005–present
LabelsSignature Sounds Recordings
Associated actsLake Street Dive, Joy Kills Sorrow, Cuddle Magic

Bridget Kearney (born June 10, 1985) is an American musician and songwriter. She graduated with a dual degree from Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the band Lake Street Dive and winner of the 2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Jazz category.[1]

Kearney's debut solo album, Won't Let You Down, was released by Signature Sounds Recordings in 2017.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Kearney was born in 1985 and grew up in Iowa City, Iowa. She started her journey with music in the Lutheran Church's Cherub choir. Kearney took piano lessons at the age of 5 and began playing the double bass in the 4th Grade. In high school, she played in the school orchestras and jazz bands but also had her own rock and roll band.[3]

Kearney's dual college majors were jazz (New England Conservatory) and English (Tufts).[4] As a sophomore, she played with two bands she helped found: Joy Kills Sorrow and Lake Street Dive.[5]


Kearney is a member of BMI. As a songwriter/composer she has registered over 85 songs.[6] Of those, about 25 are held solely by her,[6] and the rest with nine different songwriters/composers[7] for the artists Lake Street Dive, Cuddle Magic, Joy Kills Sorrow, and Margaret Glaspy.[6]

Lake Street Dive[edit]

Kearney is a member of Lake Street Dive, which started touring in 2007. She has appeared with Lake Street Dive on many national shows: The Colbert Report,[8] The Late Show with David Letterman,[9] Conan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show,[10] National Public Radio,[11] Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and in the first show hosted by Chris Thile. The band has uploaded numerous videos, including their annual, humorous Halloween covers,[12] and T Bone Burnett asked them to perform on the Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis". The band has traveled and performed in almost every state and over a dozen foreign countries. Originally with Signature Sounds Recordings, in 2016 the band signed with Nonesuch Records.

Joy Kills Sorrow[edit]

Kearney was also a major songwriter and stand up bass player for Joy Kills Sorrow from 2005 to 2012. Joy Kills Sorrow was a Boston-based indie pop, American roots string band formed in 2005. This band released three albums before Kearney left the band to join Lake Street Dive full-time.[13]

Cuddle Magic[edit]

A pop-rock-folk band that varies in membership, Kearney wrote songs and played with Cuddle Magic before joining Lake Street Dive full-time.[citation needed]

The Fundies[edit]

The Fundies was another part-time band collaboration featuring Margaret Glaspy, Rachael Price, Kearney and Brittany Haas. Their first performance was in 2010. They released an EP in 2012. Glaspy and Haas played a Fundies reunion gig in 2015.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Kearney likes to run, promote charities, and find adventures on the road. There are videos of her bungee jumping in New Zealand, playing her bass as Pinky Gorrilla[14] and testing hot springs in Iceland.[15] The promotional video for her new album has a speeded up video of Kearney running while singing and playing a guitar. She runs in marathons.[16]

While in college, Kearney was a regular vendor at Fenway Park. She holds the one game Red Sox record of selling 104 foam fingers.[17] She claims Tom Brady bought one from her. On August 18, 2012, the Deadly Gentlemen challenged Joy Kills Sorrow to an on-stage "fold down' of their Chadwick basses. Kearney took about 53 seconds to beat Sam Grisman (son of David Grisman), smiling the whole time.[18]


Solo albums[edit]

With Lake Street Dive[edit]

With Benjamin Lazar Davis[edit]

  • BAWA (2015)

With Joy Kills Sorrow[edit]

  • Darkness Sure Becomes This City (2010)
  • This Unknown Science (2011)

With The Fundies[edit]

  • The Fundies EP (2012)


  1. ^ 2005 Lennon Award Winners
  2. ^ "Bridget Kearney". Signature Sounds Recordings. January 24, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Spencer,Sloane (May 19, 2012). "#1221 Lake Street Dive". website (Podcast). Publisher. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "This Unknown Science". Joy Kills Sorrow. 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Spencer,Sloane (May 19, 2012). "#1221 Lake Street Dive". website (Podcast). Publisher. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Broadcast Music, Inc (February 10, 2017). "KEARNEY BRIDGET ELLEN". BMI Repertoire. BMI. Retrieved February 10, 2017. There are 86 Work Titles, # 506287553
  7. ^ The BMI database shows joint registration with Olson(49), Price(48), Calabrese(46), Davis(4), Corbett(3), Beaton(1), Joliff(1), Glaspy(1), Jefferson(1)
  8. ^ Colbert Report 5 February 2014
  9. ^ David Letterman 21 February 2014
  10. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres Show 18 March 2014". Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  11. ^ NPR music Lake Street Dive
  12. ^ "Love Shack cover – Lake Street Dive". Lake Street Dive. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Lawless, John (September 4, 2012). "Bridget Kearney exits Joy Kills Sorrow". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Xylopholks (February 26, 2009). Xylopholks (Youtube). Union Square, New York City: Osradis. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  15. ^ Lake Street Dive's Facebook
  16. ^ Bridget ran the Philadelphia Marathon
  17. ^ Lake Street Dive's star on Rise, Sand Diego, by George Varga August 19, 2014
  18. ^ Deadly Gentlemen Encore feat

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