12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2015, videos of Briana Babineaux absolutely bodying cover songs quickly went viral, and for good reason. It was like an invisible force was flowing through her, unleashing the most amazing voice. Rather than joining a crowded R&B field, she devoted herself to worship songs. That commitment to her true passion spills over on Keys to My Heart. Her powerful vocal unfurls like a banner on “Heaven Must Be Something Like This” and “Lord of All.” Her outward joy can be felt on “I’ll Be the One” and “Jacob’s Song.” Stacked with showstoppers that draw from gospel, pop, and R&B, Keys to My Heart is a worship album with multi-generational appeal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 2015, videos of Briana Babineaux absolutely bodying cover songs quickly went viral, and for good reason. It was like an invisible force was flowing through her, unleashing the most amazing voice. Rather than joining a crowded R&B field, she devoted herself to worship songs. That commitment to her true passion spills over on Keys to My Heart. Her powerful vocal unfurls like a banner on “Heaven Must Be Something Like This” and “Lord of All.” Her outward joy can be felt on “I’ll Be the One” and “Jacob’s Song.” Stacked with showstoppers that draw from gospel, pop, and R&B, Keys to My Heart is a worship album with multi-generational appeal.

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About Bri (Briana Babineaux)

With a powerful voice, modern production, and a fresh, accessible image, Briana Babineaux (known to fans simply as Bri) represented a younger generation of fans of worship music. Born in Hawaii and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Babineaux was raised by a single mother and spent much of her childhood in church, where she started singing in a gospel choir at the age of five. Fifteen years later, she was atop the Billboard gospel charts with her debut album. In 2012, she enrolled at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, studying criminal justice. During her junior year, a friend secretly posted a video of Babineaux singing Tonex's "Make Me Over Again" to YouTube. The cover went viral and attracted the attention of Marquis Boone Enterprises. She signed with MBE and released her debut EP, I'll Be the One, in June 2015. Her 2016 full-length debut, Keys to My Heart, included inspirational R&B-tinged gospel, hip-hop flourishes ("Love You Forever," written by Uncle Reece), and even intense rock edges ("Jacob's Song" and "I'm Desperate" with Sha' Simpson). Produced by Korey Bowie (Angie Stone, Casey J) and featuring songwriting assistance from Bryan Andrew Wilson, the album was recorded before a live studio audience of family, friends, and fans at Atlanta's Doppler Studios. It was the first album to debut at the top of the Billboard gospel charts without the aid of radio and television or previous sales, selling 5,000 copies in its first week. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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