Free Ya Mind
The voice of a soulful angel. Britney Freeman-Farr (B~Free) started singing with her siblings and parents, but now she's the only one who chose to stick with it.
"I've known for a very long time this is something I wanted to do."
She's as free as a bird just like her name states.
Britney received her artist name from her Jazz director, who took the first letter of her first name and the first four from her last name and made it into B~Free. Those around Britney liked the name, so they started calling her B~Free as well.
Britney isn't always in the right mindset before a performance because she's thinking of too much. No matter how she's feeling before a show, it all goes away once she steps on stage, and then Britney finally becomes free.
She loves looking out into the crowd to find at least one person whose vibing to her music. Once she finds that one, Britney makes it her duty to make sure that fan enjoys every second of a B~Free performance.
"I have to perform for them."
Britney is a pure musician--she got her first toy piano at the age of two and she's been playing the flute for 17 years. In elementary school, she tested out of all of her reading classes, so she was able to learn other subjects. This led Britney to start experimenting with instruments to see which one fit her. At first, she wanted to play the saxophone but after practicing with the instrument, the flute was more suitable for her.
She started learning how to play around eight or nine. The flute was the first instrument she had formal training for because Britney learned how to play the piano by ear.
Have you ever heard of perfect pitch? Well, Britney has it. It's when an individual can listen to music and know exactly what note was just played. She has it all and now she's ready to take it to the next level.
"It's definitely okay not to be okay," said Britney. "As long as you are pursuing what makes you happy."
Britney isn't always a solo artist. She's in a band called Foreign Goods. They've performed all around Wisconsin and they're only getting bigger. She hopes to prosper as a solo artist, but she also wants to see Foreign Goods reach amazing heights.
She graduated from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, where she's originally from. After graduation she thought, "what am I supposed to do now?"
Britney's friend saw a job posting on Twitter that a school in Milwaukee was looking for a music teacher. She applied to Milwaukee Montessori School and within a month she received an interview, and got the job. She teaches students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Britney does like teaching but she can't see herself doing it for the rest of her life.
"You don't have to suck at something for it not to be your destiny." She's an amazing teacher, but it's just not her calling.
She has dreams of traveling and serenading the world with her music.
Britney attended a song writing convention in 2012 that had a paneled discussion. She asked one of the panelist if she should give up on her dreams because of how long she's been in the game, and his response made Britney go even harder for her career. The man told Britney, "until everyone in your city knows who you are, then there's stuff that still needs to be done."
Not everyone knows of B~Free, but they all almost do. She's been working endlessly by performing as much as she can. She performed at SummerFest as a guest for one of the headliners and now she's working on her own gig.
Success doesn't always come right away, but Britney knows it isn't far from her reach.