Bridgit Mendler has learned to live with the Miley Cyrus comparisons. A teenage actress who found fame through Disney Channel productions and whose singing in these shows paved the way to pop success.
“It’s inevitable,” smiled Bridgit, now 20. “There are a number of us who’ve followed the Disney television route to a music career. We’re all compared with Miley. I guess she’s the one everybody knows.”
Like Miley, Bridgit’s career choice was made at an early age. “Music and songwriting has been part of my life since what seems like forever. I remember coming up with melodies and doodling lyrics when I was really young but I wrote my first proper song when I was about seven. It was a Christmas song for our church.
“I was probably about 13 when I wrote my first adult song which I really intended people to hear. I’d started working with the piano by then and picked up the guitar a little later so I was actually able to recreate the sounds I was imagining in my mind.
“I was about eight when I got bitten by the acting bug. I was 11 when I did my first professional job. From then on, I’ve done commercials, TV and movies, anything that came along which I thought I’d enjoy.”
After making her name through numerous acting appearances, it was her award-winning role in the hugely popular television series, Good Luck Charlie, which propelled Bridgit to stardom.
“Being on the show has given me so many more opportunities. I’d sung in other shows and movies but my role in Good Luck Charlie led to a part in the Disney movie, Lemonade Mouth, which really promoted me as a singer.
“The Lemonade Mouth soundtrack album was a top five hit on the Billboard 200 while the singles, Somebody and Determinate, became my first two hits on the Hot 100.”
Bridgit co-wrote every song on her debut album, Hello My Name Is… Released last October, it received generally positive reviews and peaked at number 30 on the Billboard 200. Despite the album being nowhere near as successful in Britain, lead single, Ready or Not, has become a UK top 10 hit but reached just number 49 in America.
“I’m really pleased to have such a big hit in Britain. I can’t think why my single wasn’t quite so popular in America. Maybe my US fans will enjoy the new single, Hurricane, which was released last week. This is a really fun song for me because I get to rap.
“It wasn’t written as a rap. But the suggestion was made to try rapping in one part of the song. I haven’t done much rapping so I just went for it as a fun thing to do never really expecting my rap to be on the finished record. But the experiment worked and sounded great. I hope my fans love it as much as I do.”