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.
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