In the span of 1 short year from the split of her group Richgirl, loss of her father from Alzheimer’s and manger of 9 years from a heart attack, Brave has returned to her original roots of rapping and isn’t looking back. Pairing deep and encrypted concepts with a heartfelt delivery and passion that drips love and pain, truth and growth, this female MC is a true example that one should never judge a book by its cover.
Hailing from Baltimore City, Brave born as Christina Williams, fell in love with the art of poetry at the tender age of four. Coming from a family of 16 brothers and sisters, Brave learned early on “you have to fight to get what you want, and once you get it, protect it.” As the daughter of a Czechoslovakian mother and Afro/Native American father, Brave was submerged into a very diverse musical hybrid to say the least. Her mother who is a classically trained violinist listened to the Beegees, The Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash while her father would serenade the house with Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway- it was only a matter of time that this poet would stumble upon her gift of singing.
Arriving just in time to embrace hip hop as an 80’s baby– it wasn’t until Brave turned 16 that she shockingly discovered her singing ability listening to a young Mary J. Blige. Shortly after, she was casted for P. Dididy’s Making of the Band but decided to not go forward with the MTV reality show after learning her father was diagnosed with Prostate cancer and early signs of Dementia. Placing her dream on hold, Brave returned back home to Baltimore to support her family. As a much needed outlet, Brave found refuge in the Wednesday night Open Mic at 5 Seasons in Baltimore. It was this performance that would lead her to signing a contract with the Grammy award wining super producer Rich Harrison. But as time prevailed, Harrison later discovered that this diamond in the rough was underdeveloped as a vocalist and released her from his contact under Columbia Records. Brave hurt at his decision and heart broken at the sound of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, for that was a track designated for her project, stayed committed to her dream as an aspiring artist, and picked up and left for LA to pursue her music career at the age of 18.
Now with 3 years of development and hard work under her belt, Brave now savvy and more experienced is reintroduced to Harrison calling the shots. Brave presented to Harrison an idea he couldn’t refuse- a girl group. After carefully handpicking each member, Brave created the name and the creed for a group the world would later know as “Richgirl.”
After landing a major deal with Jive records, the group released their first single “24’s,” which hit Billboards and was greatly received in clubs all over the country. After releasing there 2nd single “He Ain’t Wit Me Now,” more eyes and ears began to stop and pay attention to this unique four some, Beyonce Knowles being just one. In 2009 the group toured as the opening act for Beyonce’s “I am Sasha Fierce Tour” and continued their success with national performances for the WNBA, Burger King summer tour, T-Mobile and released their third single “Swagger Right” feat: Rick Ross and Fabulous.
In 2011- after the loss of her father, loss of her manager Maynard C. Virgil, and the break up of her group, Brave, stronger than ever rose to her name. Locking herself into the studio for hours upon hours writing, producing, and creating, Brave transformed her relentless journey into an evolutionary EP. Ranging from explosive beat driven 808’s under a merciless flow to sexy, soulful, jazz infused ballads- Brave gives us a preview of her yellow brick road the only way she knows how- in musical honesty.
Now in 2012, A&Ring her own project, writing the treatments for her own videos, and being 100% dedicated into controlling her own career and destiny, Brave is building her own empire from the grass roots up. Now with the fuel to light up a city, an independent, unstoppable, fire driven Brave unleashes her intensity on an upcoming EP “A Brave New World” set to release mid summer.