“With my ears glued to the speakers I devoured the details of The Times They Are A Changing. Aged 14 I came up with my own lyrics for this Bob Dylan tune but considered my writing too clumsy and self-revealing. The embarrassment I felt stopped me from writing another song for 30 years.”
Rita Bergmann, born 1963, grows up in a German village near Frankfurt/Main. She teaches herself to play the guitar. Her passion for singing and playing her favorite songs by Cat Stevens, Donovan, Joan Baez, as well as U2, and Finbar Furey, make her friends an eager audience.
Rita’s attraction to Irish music, and her love for an Irish man lead to her and her two children’s immigration to Ireland in 1997. There she works as a carer for the elderly while studying to become a psychotherapist. However after graduating in 2003 she realizes she hasn’t the confidence to work in that field. She takes on a cleaning job to find the mental space to figure out what she wants to do with her life.
“I was still singing and playing the guitar when my daughter’s friend Clare encouraged me to record a CD. I felt so empowered by her offer to help that I straight away wrote and composed five songs that became my debut EP Caress Your Soul. Clare Cunningham, I’m so proud to say, is now the lead singer of Swedish rock band “Thundermother.”
Rita’s contemporary sounding pop songs are catchy, comforting and life affirming. Her voice is tinged with the sounds of Joan Baez, Sinead O’Connor, and Abba. The lyrics contain life experiences, positive visions, and Rita’s constant striving to transcend difficult emotions.
Coming across as quiet but open, Rita has an intense love for nature, reading and writing. Important to her are self-awareness and self-appreciation.
While her debut EP from 2007, Caress Your Soul, consists of just vocals and guitar, Rita’s second EP Summer Sun is an orchestrated studio production released in 2010. Producer Gerry Simpson is the co-writer of the four tracks on Summer Sun, and supplies Rita with new insights to songwriting and song-arrangement. He is also the co-writer of the Irish nomination for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000 which made number six.
In 2017 Rita releases her album As Soon As Tomorrow with 13 original tracks produced by James Quinn at JAM Studios Kells, Ireland. From that album the track I Say No, which is dedicated to freedom from abuse, features on Bree Noble’s Women Of Substance Radio Podcast on March 7th 2018.
Rita has performed on different Irish stages including openings for Brian Kennedy and Ger Wolfe, The Hard Rock Cafe Dublin, Sheridan’s Food Festival, Moynalty Yoga Festival, Loughcrew Gardens Cafe, as well as at ALEA (organisation for alternative living) in Freiburg, Germany.
Rita now also writes personal tailor-made wish songs for private clients.