Juno Award-winning soprano Measha Brueggergosman (BMus 1999) considers time the most important currency – though she’s never had much of it. This past year, she released a new album and took a role on a TV show.
Her new album, I’ve Got a Crush On You, is a collection of covers – from Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” to Ron Sexsmith’s “Secret Heart.” It’s also Brueggergosman’s first nonclassical recording. The songs were recorded in familiar haunts in Halifax and in her hometown of Fredericton, and the label, Kelp Records, is run by a childhood friend. “The album is an amalgam of the people, places and repertoire that have gone into my history,” she says.
Part of that history includes an addiction to reality TV developed while Brueggergosman lived in Germany. So when Canada’s Got Talent approached her to be a judge, it was an easy sell. The first season recently concluded, and Brueggergosman is hoping for a second. She’ll also be performing in Porgy and Bess with the Cincinnati Opera this summer.
For Brueggergosman and her husband, the last year started with tragedy when they lost a pregnancy. She has found healing through more time with her family and her return to work. “I took the time to grieve properly, but I’m also a doer and I wanted to be busy,” she says. “In a way, I feel like my husband and I have been blessed in ways we couldn’t have predicted.”