Bridgewater musician shares experiences in the music industry

Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 8:09 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2023 at 7:48 PM EST
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MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. (WHSV) - Singer-songwriter Jessi Pugh says she still gets inspiration for her music from her hometown. The Bridgewater native has been living in Nashville for the last five years.

Pugh said she has performed in the Valley several times while pursuing her dreams.

“If you can get to Nashville and meet some people, that’s always going to help you,” said Pugh, “Because that’s where the music industry is. Every year, I’m learning more about myself and that’s translating into my songwriting. It’s really cool to kind of see that come full circle.”

Pugh’s team said she embarked on her music release journey in October 2021, and her independent artistry has since grown with over 250,000 streams.

She says she went to Music City believing good songs and a nice singing voice was all she needed to succeed as a musician. After half a decade in Tennessee, she says being unapologetically yourself is important in a successful music career.

“The best thing you can do is just work really hard, and if you have a passion and you want to do it— just work on that every single day,” said Pugh, “Do what makes you happy. That’s what I’m doing, and I’m really blessed that I get an opportunity to do that every single day.”

Pugh says she is making plans for new releases and a tour for next year with concerts in Key West, North Carolina and Virginia.