Dean Bridgewater / About
Born and raised in London, England, Dean Bridgewater has always had a love for music. He was given a set of bongo drums at the age of 3, a guitar at 11;used to sing all the current ads on TV, played Born and raised in London, England, Dean Bridgewater has always had a love for music. He was given a set of bongo drums at the age of 3, a guitar at 11;used to sing all the current ads on TV, played violin and the trombone, as well as being part of band in high school. "I played rhythm guitar in church too, after one of the deacons who played took me under his wing and gave me a chance; thats when I really began to fall in love with music", Dean remembers. After that, came a stint doing Deejaying with his older brother. "I was always a deep listener when it came to music, I guess that's why being a DJ was so enjoyable", says Dean. But his real passion was birthed after emigrating to Canada in 1990 and connecting with members of the Kitchener Church of God. After giving his life to christ, Dean began singing a lot more: and since that time he has served as a worship leader (something he still does) and has also recorded with several Gospel artists, including Toronto Mass Choir and Faith Chorale, as well as having sung at many weddings and special events. Not surprising then, that 30 years after leaving England Dean is releasing his own debut CD project entitled BEGINNINGS, due out Oct 13th. Dean says, "I know God has gifted and called me to be a worshiper through music". God has also blessed the powerful, yet versatile tenor with songwriting ability - the new album features 4 songs written and arranged by Dean.
Although Dean has been heavily involved in music for much of his life, this marks the firs time he has done a solo album. "It's the beginning for me in a lot of ways; my passion for God is new, my faith-look on life is new and my drive to be a good steward of the gift God has blessed me with is also new", he says.
The project itself contains a powerful blend of reggae style worship and praise songs as well as original material, tailored for any listener. The appeal of each song lies in Dean's ability as a vocalist to rightly convey the message of each song, whether it's the personal testimony of I SURRENDER, or the catchy praise proclamation of I WON'T STOP, which puts a new spin on the age old message of hope and perseverance in Christ. Also included is FILL THIS PLACE - an urban contemporary worship song the Dean has loved and sung at his church many time. Dean says. "Fill this place, is one of those tracks that had to be included, it's an ever-relevant mandate to all believers to dare to change the atmosphere with praise, wherever they are…..I just love that song!".
BEGINNINGS is a welcome offering in a genre that is often underrepresented. Enjoy and be blessed!