In 1988, Measha Brueggergosman received rave reviews for her portrayal of Beatrice Chancy, the title character in James Rolfe's new opera. Four years later, Brueggergosman would win at the Montreal International Music Competition, triggering a meteroric rise in her career. It led to appearances in the world's finest concert halls in front of audiences that included the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates. Brueggergosman won a Juno award for her album, Surprise in 2008. She was also a soloist in William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience project that won three Grammy Awards.
When Brueggergosman participated in the genealogical show Who Do You Think You Are?, she was surprised to learn that her ancestors were Black Loyalists. The family had arrived in Nova Scotia from the U.S. in the 1780s and eventually settled in New Brunswick, where Brueggergosman was born. As a child, she sang in the church and later studied music in Boston, Toronto and Dusseldorf, Germany.
In 2015, a TV documentary about Brueggergosman's exploration of her faith and African heritage was made. It inspired her latest album Songs of Freedom.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Brueggergosman shares the music that inspires her.
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Measha Brueggergosman shares her favourite music on This Is My Music