Instagram singing sensation Bri (Briana Babineaux) has earned three Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations for her debut album, “Keys To My Heart” (Marquis Boone Enterprises/Tyscot). The soul-stirring album has produced Billboard Magazine chart hits “I’ll Be the One,” “Holy Spirit” and “Jacob’s Song.” It also features the mellow, “My Everything,” which has been receiving airplay on Smooth Jazz radio stations.
The Lafayette, LA native is nominated in the category of New Artist of the Year in competition with the Enon Tabernacle choir, the group Livre’ and Deborah Joy Winans. Bri is also nominated as Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year (Latice Crawford, Janice Gaines, Tiff Joy) and in the Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year (Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Tamela Mann) category. The singer will also present an award at the 32nd annual Stellar Awards, which take place Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The program airs on TV One cable on Sunday, April 9th at 7 PM ET. Bri recently wrapped production with singer Mali Music in director Joel Kapity’s forthcoming dramatic film “I Am Your Keeper” that will release this summer.
“I really enjoyed doing the film,” she says. “I’ve done local plays for years in Louisiana. Now, that I’ve done one film, I’ve got the acting bug and I’m hoping to do more roles.”
NBC News also recently featured Bri in its Black 28 series of profiles on young African-American trailblazers such as Chance the Rapper.