Alicia Bridges was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in Lawndale. At 10 she learned to play guitar after her father, Myles Bridges, taught her some chords. She had her own radio program “The Alicia Bridges Show,” broadcast every Saturday on WADA in Shelby, North Carolina, when she was only 12 years old. When she was 13, Alicia joined The Ray Ledford Band, then became lead singer of the rock band Zachary Ridge.
In Atlanta, Alicia met music publisher Bill Lowery; by 1976 she and Susan Hutcheson began writing songs for Lowery.
Alicia signed with Polydor Records in 1977 and a year later released “I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round)” which was not only a top five hit on the American charts, but was also a hit in England, Germany, Spain and Japan. The song was not only a hit on radio, but also received a Gold Record. Her album, titled Alicia Bridges, stayed on the Billboard chart for 32 weeks.
“I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round)” has been in a number of movies, including Love at First Bite, The Last Days of Disco and The Adventures of Priscilla.
During the late 1970s “I Love the Nightlife” was part of the soundtrack for that era, but Alica’s roots go deep into Rhythm and Blues; in fact, Alicia intended “I Love the Nightlife” to be an R&B record but publisher Bill Lowery heard it as a disco single and a 12 inch single re-mix was created, which led to it become a disco hit. This led to a 1978 Grammy nomination.
Alicia’s next single, “Body Heat” was a rock song that was also on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
After her debut album, Alicia released the albums Play It As It Lays, Hocus Pocus, and The Collection: I Love the Nightlife.
Alicia’s influences go back to rock as well as rhythm and blues; she has stated that her influences include Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin.
Her live performances are energetic, charismatic and full of excitement as she uses the whole stage while she sings.
In 2006, Alica and her partner, Mary LeTellier, formed Alicia Bridges Music and they released three albums. Her album This Girl Don’t Care, released in November, 2006, is a collection of her songs remixed and re-mastered. The second album on her label is Say It Sister and her third, released in 2008, is FauxDiva XX, which includes a remixed version of her hit single, “I Love the Nightlife.”
Alicia Bridges is active in animal rescue and animal rights. She is an outspoken proponent for Gay and Lesbian Rights and has publicly proclaimed she is a lesbian since her teens. The cover of her 2006 compilation album This Girl Don’t Care features three pink triangles in the graphics and Alicia is show wearing a vest with a pink triangle.