“Briggs’ emotional intensity is unmatched. With amazing performance skills, a wide vocal range and unwavering honesty in her song lyrics, she goes to great lengths to develop and refine her art. Just to give you an idea: To celebrate her third album’s release, she took things a step further by producing the entire release show as a full-blown musical.”
“Little Brave tags itself petite, but that bouncing pop packs a punch. Under her alias, Austinite Stephanie Briggs and her threepiece band have filled Frank’s June residency with hand claps, stage stomps, and a ukulele. After the 2011 release of third disc Wound & Will, Briggs has thrown her energies into Downtown promotion. Her confessional lyrics are backed by a mélange of piano, uke, and the occasional guitar shred, all bound by endearing touches of bitchiness.”
“Remember when "Girl Power" was all the rage, but all we got was bubble-gum pop stars and the Spice Girls? Thankfully, our patience for a good girl fronted band has paid off, our reward: Little Brave. Mix one part Meredeth Brooks, one part Kate Nash and one part A Fine Frenzy with a dash of bitter bitchiness thrown in, and you get Stephanie Briggs, AKA Little Brave.”
“Even in a stripped-down setting, it was clear that her melodic style of pop-rock is inspired by jazz and Tin Pan Alley. She could be brassy and vulnerable, sometimes in the same song, such as the tragic "You Didn't Mean It."”
"Rich in melody and subtle with its layers — which include everything from chamber-music strings to dizzy synthesizers to what sounds like plucked violin strings — Wound & Will wins one for the broken-hearted."
“Songwriters must walk a fine line on whether to write a song in hopes it will get radio airplay or to write a song that comes from the heart. With this album, Briggs accomplished both.”
"Whatever her moniker, Wound is a polished piece of not-quite-indie that’s far thornier than adult alternative. The album plays it deceptively straight. Shrugged-off guitar licks spring the verses along, then wait for the band to join in for rockin’ bridges and choruses. In the eye of it is Little Brave, who’d rather sneer melodiously than all-out sing. Her voice channels the warbly vinegar of Ani DiFranco delivered with the smoothness of Matthew Sweet. The result is mature, layered, hard rock with confrontational lyricism."
“This was easily the best show I’ve seen so far this year, and it wasn’t about the confetti: it was about the songs and the vision of a top-notch all-around artist the regional music scene should be proud of.”
"Wound & Will is her best record, a gorgeous-sounding jewel of confessional singer-songwriter magic by a woman who shed her skin and found her true voice.... It’s a carefully written and produced album, but three tracks stand out: 'You Didn’t Mean It,' a perfect ballad and one of the best regional songs of the year."