Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers Artistfacts

  • August 17, 1994
  • Phoebe Bridgers was born and raised in Pasadena, California. Her father was a carpenter who built sets for film and television and her mom a homemaker who worked a variety of odd jobs. She grew up with her younger brother Jackson, named for Jackson Browne. Her parents divorced when she was 20.
  • Her mom and dad were supportive of her musical ambitions, and at 13 Bridgers was accepted at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
  • In 2012 she joined a punk band called Sloppy Jane for whom she played bass for a couple of years.
    During one Sloppy Jane show, a talent agent scouted Bridgers. This led to her being booked for a handful of television commercials, including high-profile slots for Taco Bell and the iPhone. In the iPhone spot, a 19-year-old Bridgers leads a global band in a version of the Pixies "Gigantic."

    Bridgers viewed the ad work as a way to bankroll her musical ambition. "I maybe did three, and it paid for a whole two years of my life to focus on music," she told Uncut magazine.
  • Bridgers started dating Ryan Adams, who was nearly twice her age, in 2014. He produced her debut EP Killer, released on Adams' record label PAX AM in 2014, but soon afterwards, according to Bridgers, he turned physically, sexually, and emotionally abusive. She later laid into Ryan Adams on her 2017 track "Motion Sickness."
  • As well as her solo work, Bridgers is also a member of the folk-rock band Boygenius, along with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. She has also collaborated with the likes of The 1975 and Conor Oberst.

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