Measha in Maclean’s Magazine


Measha in Maclean's

To celebrate the release of Songs Of Freedom, Measha met with Maclean’s Magazine to discuss the new album:

Opera singers rarely get political. And the spiritual—the politically charged songs that brought solace and empowerment to enslaved African-Americans, a musical tradition carried on by the likes of legendary sopranos Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle—rarely earns the spotlight, much less radio play or stage time.

But that hasn’t stopped Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman from seeking to further the art and history of spirituals in her latest album, Songs of Freedom. Her interest is hard-earned: She started to explore her own roots with a documentary in 2015, also called Songs of Freedom, which traced the 39-year-old’s journey from her hometown of New Brunswick to her past familial roots in Cameroon. It was there, in Central Africa, where Brueggergosman discovered her family’s link to the Bassa tribe and learned about the struggles of her paternal grandparents, who managed to escape slavery in the late 1700s. Brueggergosman captures these moments of self-discovery on the album and in a detailed essay that outlines her ambitions for the project.
Read the full interview here……

Songs Of Freedom Available Now


Songs Of Freedom, the new album from Measha Brueggergosman is available now. Click on the links below to Download / Stream / Purchase your copy today and check the Tour section for information on Measha’s Canada tour in February to celebrate Black History Month

Download the album from iTunes and Apple Music

Stream the album via Spotify

Purchase the CD or a limited edition LP from Bandcamp

Songs Of Freedom Release


The much-anticipated Songs Of Freedom will be available January 13, 2017 . It is the companion piece to the 2015 film of the same name that was nominated for 4 Canadian Screen Awards, which documented Brueggergosman’s own journey and connection to her faith, family history, and spirituals; a story of discovery from her Cameroonian ancestry, escape from American slavery and arrival in Canada.  Timing is everything and this couldn’t be a better time to share a collection of songs about emancipation, family, faith and discovery. As Canada approaches its 150th year of confederation, a longing to search for our roots and examine our historical paths seems quite natural. 

Listen to ‘Amazing Grace’ below

Measha explains:

“My exploration of traditional spirituals is a way for me to challenge my classically trained mind. It has helped me to become a better musician. It’s dear to my heart. My ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States before finding freedom in Nova Scotia. The spirituals were born out of a time when my people were oppressed and needed to find a way not only to communicate with each other, but also to express themselves. The reason the songs survived so long is because of their immediacy. They have the universality of a mournful yet hopeful existence. They have strength.”  


In recognition of Black History Month, dates will take place in February and begin in Measha’s hometown of Fredericton.  

Click on the Schedule tab above for all ticket information

February 7, 2017           Fredericton, NB –  Fredericton Playhouse
February 12, 2017         Toronto, ON –   Harbourfront Centre
February 15, 2017          Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
February 17, 2017          St.Albert, AB – Arden Theatre
February 18, 2017          Banff, AB – The Banff Centre – Eric Harvie Theatre
February 20, 2017           Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
February 21, 2017           Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre

February 24, 2017           Halifax , NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
February 25, 2017           Port Hawksbury, NS – Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre – SAERC Auditorium
February 26, 2017           New Glasgow, NS – New Glasgow Square Theatre

New 2016/17 Tour Dates

March 18-19, 2016 – Moncton and Miramichi, concerts with New Brunswick Youth Orchestra Premiere of Songs of Freedom orchestrations by Aaron Davis Tickets + Info

Apr 10-17: Copenhagen, Copenhagen Symphony – Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi Tickets + Info

Apr 30: Miami, New World Orchestra, Premiere of Prelude on Playthings of the Wind by Michael Tilson Thomas Tickets + Info

May 5&7: Madrid, Teatro Real, Recitals with Justus Zeyen Tickets + Info

June 4-7: Ireland, Walled City Music Festival, Recital Tickets + Info

June7-11, Montreal, Montreal Chamber Music Festival Tickets + Info

July18-Aug21: Bregenz, Austria – Artist in Residence, Bregenzerfestspiel Tickets + Info

Oct17-22, Glasgow, Glasgow Philharmonic, Kurt Weill Seven Deadly Sins

Oct 24-28, Oslo, Oslo Philharmonic, Glagolitic Mass – Janacek Tickets + Info

Dec-Jan, 2017, Dresden, Dresden Semperoper, Giulietta, Tales of Hoffman Tickets + Info

Feb3-5, 2017, Ottawa, National Gallery, Strauss Four Last Songs Tickets + Info

March29, 2017: Kingston, Isabel Theatre Tickets + Info

May2-6, 2017: Kitchener-Waterloo, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Edwin Outwater conducting Tickets + Info

June18-25, 2017: San Francisco, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting Tickets + Info

Guest Host AND Performer on CBC’s Q!

Measha on Q


I was the guest host AND guest performer of #QtheFuture February 19th! My guests were pianist-turned-filmmaker Barbara Willis Sweete, Award-winning Canadian poet Dennis Lee, and filmmaker / African music curator Chris Kirkley.

Blog post & video:

Full audio:

Also Part 3 of the excellent VisionTV feature, Songs of Freedom will be presented in an encore performance at 10pm tonight ET (or watch an episode online below):

And download the amazing app that allows you to view and navigate some of the 360 videos from Songs of Freedom. It is a beauty:
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