Phoebe Bridgers

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Phoebe Bridgers
Bridgers in July 2018
Bridgers in July 2018
Background information
Birth namePhoebe Lucille Bridgers
Born (1994-08-17) August 17, 1994 (age 25)
Ukiah, California
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2014–present
Associated actsBetter Oblivion Community Center, boygenius, The 1975

Phoebe Lucille Bridgers (born August 17, 1994) is an American indie rock musician from Los Angeles, California.[2] Best known for her work as a solo singer-songwriter, she is also a part of two music groups: Boygenius (with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus), and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst). Bridgers has received critical acclaim for her music, which has been described as "exquisitely raw and revealing"[3] and "wise beyond her years."[4]


Bridgers released her major label debut 7", Killer, on Ryan Adams's record label, PAX AM.[5][6][7][8][9] In early 2016 Bridgers supported Julien Baker on her 2016 East Coast tour.[10][11]

Early beginnings and Stranger in the Alps[edit]

In June 2017, Bridgers signed to Dead Oceans.[12] On September 22, 2017, she released her debut album, Stranger in the Alps, to generally positive reviews.[13] The album was produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska. On March 12, 2018, the social networking site Pebbal named Stranger in the Alps the best album of 2017.[14]

On March 3, 2018, Bridgers appeared on CBS This Morning: Saturday and sang "Motion Sickness" and "Scott Street".

Bridgers's song "Safe at Home" was featured on season 3, episode 5 of the ABC Family show Switched at Birth.[15] Season 3, episode 17 featured her song "Ask Me To/Steamroller".[16] Her song "Georgia" was featured on season 8, episode 2 of the ABC show Castle.[17] The track "Smoke Signals" appeared on season 1, episode 7 of Burden of Truth. Her song "Funeral" was featured near the end of season 3, episode 2 of the FOX show Lethal Weapon. Her song "Motion Sickness" was featured on the Netflix television series Trinkets and on season one, episode 3 of 9-1-1: Lone Star.

In May 2018 Bridgers was featured on a remake of the Lord Huron song "The Night We Met" for the soundtrack to season 2 of the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why. In 2019, Bridgers teamed up with The National's Matt Berninger to record a track for Between Two Ferns: The Movie called "Walking on a String" and appeared in the film. The song was released on October 17, 2019.[18]

2018–2019: Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center[edit]

In 2018 Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus formed the group Boygenius. They released three songs in August 2018 and subsequently announced an EP and a tour.[19] The EP, boygenius, was released on October 26, 2018. Bridgers and Conor Oberst revealed their new band Better Oblivion Community Center on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and released their eponymous debut album in January 2019 (released through Dead Oceans).[20] On January 26, 2019, they were interviewed on CBS This Morning Saturday and performed "Dylan Thomas" and "Didn't Know What I Was in For". The show ended while they performed "My City".[21] Bob Boilen, creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and the NPR Tiny Desk video series, said of their album, "Better Oblivion Community Center came as a surprise to us all this year and, at the moment, their self-titled release is my favorite record of 2019. It's that rare musical partnership where each injects vibrancy into the other's creative side."[22]

2020–present: Punisher[edit]

On February 26, Bridgers released the song "Garden Song" alongside its music video.[23]

On April 3, The 1975 released their single "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America" from their upcoming album, Notes on a Conditional Form in which Bridgers featured. She also features on 2 more songs from the same album.

On April 9, Bridgers released the song "Kyoto"[24] and announced via an Instagram post that her second album, titled Punisher, would be released on June 19, 2020, but was released a day early on June 18, 2020. She stated, "I'm not [delaying] the record until things go back to 'normal' because I don't think they should. Here it is a little early."[25]

Early reviews for the album were positive. The Forty-Five gave Punisher five stars,[26] calling it a "poignant, poetic tribute to life's twists and turns".

Punisher made its debut at number 6 on the UK album charts week ending July 2, 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Bridgers is a graduate of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, having studied vocal jazz.[27] She is bisexual.[28] She wrote a song about an emotionally abusive relationship with Ryan Adams, called “Motion Sickness”.[29] She also spent some of her childhood in Ukiah, California. [30]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions

Stranger in the Alps 38
  • Released: June 18, 2020
  • Label: Dead Oceans
43 4 12 39 18 10 3 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
  • Released: March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)[39]
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download
2016 Tour CD
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD


As lead artist[edit]
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Waiting Room"[42] 2014 Lost Ark Studio Compilation – Vol. 08
"Killer"[43] 2015 Stranger in the Alps
"Smoke Signals"[44] 2017
"Motion Sickness"[45] 26
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"[47] Non-album singles
"Christmas Song"[48] 2018
"7 O'Clock News/Silent Night"[49]
(featuring Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger)
"Garden Song"[50] 2020 42 Punisher
"Kyoto"[51] 22 36
"I See You"[52]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.
As featured artist[edit]
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Until We Both Get Bored"
(Zander Hawley featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
2017 When I Get Blue
(Storefront Church featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
Non-album single
"The Night We Met"
(Lord Huron featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
2018 25 160 13 Reasons Why: Season 2 (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)
"Walking on a String"
(Matt Berninger featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
2019 Non-album single
"Enough for Now"
(Ethan Gruska featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
2020 En Garde
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart, or was not released in this territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Killer + The Sound"[54]
(Phoebe Bridgers + Noah & Abby Gundersen)
2018 Non-album singles
"The Gold"[55]
"Scott Street"[56] Spotify Singles
"Friday I'm in Love"[56]
"Georgia Lee"[57] 2019 Come On Up to the House: Women Sing Waits

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artists Album
"Daylight" 2015 Zander Hawley I Wish I Was
"Prayer in Open D" 2016 N/A To Emmylou
"Do You Really Want to Not Get Better?" Joyce Manor Cody
"LAX (Amazon Original)"[58] 2018 Conor Oberst N/A
"Jesseye 'Lizabeth" 2019 Mercury Rev Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited
"Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America" 2020 The 1975 Notes on a Conditional Form
"Then Because She Goes"
"Playing on My Mind"



Better Oblivion Community Center[edit]


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