Dream chaser

For hip-hop and R&B recording artist Bri Steves, KLN ’16, an invite to a professional recording studio in South Philadelphia one night during her junior year was all it took to find purpose.

Temple alumnus Bri Steves.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Atlantic Records

Pawning the beloved viola she’d had since grade school to purchase recording equipment, Steves, whose real name is Brianna Stevenson, made the decision to pursue a career in rap. 

Just two years after earning her degree in public relations, she landed a multi-year deal with Atlantic Records. Steves’ debut single Jealousy peaked at No. 15 on the Urban Mainstream Charts. 

—By Kerith Gabriel