Bibi McGill kicked off her career like scores of hardworking musicians before her: She packed up her guitar and moved from Denver to L.A. to pursue a career in the biz. Spirited performances at local venues garnered the attention of big names, and she soon found herself on tour with industry trailblazers like Pink and Paulina Rubio.
And that's when she broke away from the typical-rock-star track. A self-described empath who was never one to ignore her feelings, McGill was troubled by the stress and chaos that came along with life on the road. In the early 2000s, she decided to call it quits to focus on her other passions: yoga, meditation, and plant medicine.
But the fates had other plans for her, and in 2006, serendipity led her to one of the most powerful musicians of our time. McGill's father — a barber who had been singing his daughter's praises to everyone who settled into his chair — had been cutting the hair of a certain young man since the client was a toddler. That man went on to work for Beyoncé's team, and he called on the McGill family when Queen Bey held tryouts for a 10-piece, all-female band for her first world tour, The Beyoncé Experience.