Under her musical moniker of B~Free, Britney Freeman-Farr has released some outstanding albums, opened for Janelle Monáe, and curated once-in-a-lifetime concerts. Long before the R&B singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist was making a name for herself in Milwaukee and far beyond, she was starting a lifelong journey of musical discovery, education, and experience.

Recently, Freeman-Farr spoke to My First Band host Tyler Maas about her life in music. Over the course of the conversation, she talked about how she’s keeping busy and staying creative during quarantine with her husband/creative partner Quinten Farr, as well as growing up in a musical family, her experiences at an arts high school and in college music courses, and the start of B~Free. Along the way, the discussion also touched on Brandy, some especially memorable performances, and how she dealt with losing her voice for almost an entire year.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and B~Free featuring Quinten Farr (“Say It”).