Southern California born and raised, Rhian Bristol sings, writes music, plays the piano, ukulele, bass, and guitar and is open to learning any instrument you put in her hands; however, by far her favorite thing to do is perform because it allows her to share her experiences and move people. Already a consummate performer at a young age, you feel immediately comfortable as she shares stories, her connections to her songs and pokes fun at her own life’s experiences and the universal experiences we all share. Rhian has a stunning ability to channel her feelings, joys and challenges into her music. Musician Peggy Lebo calls Rhian, “An incredibly dynamic, expressive performer who moves audiences to tears”.
Rhian began her musical life at the age of three, armed with an ABBA CD, Barbie microphone and mirrored closet door. Since then, she has known what she has wanted to do. Be a musician. Bullied in elementary school, Rhian’s connection to music and expression only grew stronger. Writing her first song at age 9, she continued to learn more and more about her craft and use her life’s experiences to fuel her passion for musical expression. While in high school, she earned multiple recording arts awards and, at the age of 16, the national Quincy Jones Musicianship Award. She discovered a passion for teaching music to younger students and found great joy in mentoring middle school music students. She has performed in local venues all over San Diego County including The Roxy Restaurant, Tower 13, Aztec Brewing, Queen Bee’s, Encinitas Street Fair, UNIV, La Costa Coffee and San Diego County Fair. She has also performed in Kauai, Hawaii and Denver, Colorado.
Recognized by the San Diego Union Tribune and 92024 Magazine for her music and songwriting, Rhian’s original song, “A War That Can’t Be Won” about civil rights activist Juliette Hampton Morgan has gained countrywide attention. 92024 magazine noted, “Rhian [has] combined her passion for music with her desire to help people heal in a way that has reached far beyond the scope of a class assignment.” “At 16,” San Diego Union Tribune columnist, Diane Bell, notes, “So moving was her song … that the central public library in Montgomery, Ala., named after Morgan in 2005, posted the song on its social media sites.”
Often asked what her favorite style of music is, Rhian responds, “I love all genres of music. I believe that all music is a form of expression so who am I to judge whether that expression is good or bad. So I listen to every kind of music I can access.”
A 2019 graduate of The Grauer School in Encinitas where she was recognized with the 2019 Annual Trustees Award for humanitarianism and service, Rhian now attends the California Institute of the Arts where she is earning her BFA in Music. She released her first single in August titled, “One More for Good Measure”, a song she wrote about how she lost touch with herself amidst an abusive experience in high school. She continues to write and perform original music and covers as well as the National Anthem wherever she can and recently donated a performance to help raise money to support music in underserved schools near her home town. Rhian is currently working on original music for her first EP that she hopes to record and release this summer. Experience her power of storytelling, her connection to her audience and the emotion in her music in person or on any music platforms.
One More for Good Measure 2019
How Deep 2020