‘I am a product of my experiences’: Measha Brueggergosman tells all in new memoir

I didn’t know who I was,” she says. “And what was required of me was to put all this stuff down in a book so that people who have experienced what I’ve experienced — and I am perfectly confident in saying that I am not alone, but there are people who don’t know that they are not alone — so you know, I want to be used to serve and part of what I have to use in service is my own story. A surprise intervention by family members at an airport was “the absolute worst,” she says. She has won Juno Awards, been nominated for a Grammy, sung to a telecast of more than three billion viewers at the opening of the 2010 Olympic Games, performed for the Royal Family at Westminster Abbey and soloed in the great concert halls of Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. The 40-year-old internationally acclaimed soprano feels blessed. In the moment, however, she was angry and “not reachable.”
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But she says her career success has been matched by off-stage struggles, including being molested twice before the age of 10, obesity, the miscarriage of twins, infidelity and a brush with death from a dissected aorta. She recalls sitting in her cabin in the woods in Banff National Park and “doing a lot of crying,” coming to terms with the fact that if she was going to write a book, it “had to be the truth.”

‘I’m not defined by the mistakes of my past, I am a product of my experiences.’
– Measha Brueggergosman

“There’s a lot of difficult truths that we have to tell ourselves in order to move forward into whatever it is we’re meant to be contributing,” she says. And here they are … in under [400] pages.”

With files from Information Morning Fredericton “To whom much is given, much is required,” she says. Fredericton-born opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman’s reasons for writing her new tell-all autobiography are as complex as they are simple. “If I had to imagine the worst thing ever, and what would be the most humiliating, the most soul-crushing, the most like profound gotcha moment in the history of gotcha moments, this would be it,” she says. It didn’t come easily though. “It’s all I have, really.”
Brueggergosman’s memoir, Something Is Always On Fire: My Life So Far, released last week by Harper Collins, is candid and revealing. Brueggergosman was returning from a trip abroad with someone she “really shouldn’t have been with” and when the arrival doors opened, “standing there are the trifecta of like morality” — her brother, father and husband. I’m not defined by the mistakes of my past, I am a product of my experiences. “I was really lost.”

Writing the book has been part of her “journey of self-discovery,” she says, “a journey that leads to a better place.”
“I have this life and it has happened, there’s no denying it, so what now? The look on her father’s face, a combination of consternation and openness, was “heartbreaking.”
Journey of self-discovery
Looking back, Brueggergosman realizes they only wanted the best for her.