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Interview:
Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler finds her footing in the music world
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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She certainly has enough acting work -- including the Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie" an assorted movie and other TV work -- to keep her busy.

But Bridgit Mendler is happy to be making music, too.

"It's been really amazing to go through this whole process," says the Washington, D.C.-born Mendler, 20, who released her first album, "Hello My Name Is...," in October, launching the singles "Ready or Not" and "Hurricane." "That was an album I was really proud of. Seeing how 'Ready or Not' did is really exciting, and just putting out the content and seeing how people respond to that has been cool."

Mendler, who also released a "Live in London" EP during April, says that playing live "is the most fun part of it," although she also owns up to some stage fright. I definitely get nervous about if I'm going to forget the words to the songs or something," she explains. "And I don't enjoy being the center of attention for, like, an hour straight; I think that's really stressful.

"But I definitely enjoy it, and I think the more I do it the less afraid I am. I just turn on some other persona that can hang with the crowd for that long, and I think it's something I'll enjoy more and more with every show."

Mendler is already thinking about her second album, although a broken laptop computer swallowed some of the songs she's been working on. Nevertheless he's hoping to release it in 2014 but doesn't have plans to ditch her acting work to accommodate her music career.

"People ask me if I have a preference of one over the other, and I don't," she says. "For me, they're so different, and they both feel like something that's so essential to who I am, especially because I started so young. As long as the opportunities are there I'll continue to pursue them.

"But as long as I can write songs, whether for myself or (for) other people, (music) will be a big part of what I do."

Bridgit Mendler performs Friday, Aug. 16, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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