This Singer Was Forced To Choose Between Basketball And Opera. Now She’s Performing Worldwide With Zero Regrets

Opera singer J’Nai Bridges tells me she’s calling from a New York City coffee shop, fresh cup of tea in hand. In a few days, she’ll be ticking off a major bucket list item—performing solo at the legendary Carnegie Hall music venue—so naturally she’s excited and grateful and nervous. But she’s also ready. “It’s so cliché, but dreams really do come true,” Bridges said. “I’ve been going to Carnegie Hall since I was in college and I’ve been to many recitals and concerts there. I dreamed that I would one day be on that stage and kind of put it into the universe and it’s happening.”

"I've spoken to a lot of people and they think this is for only rich white people, and it's just not the truth, you know?"


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