Bibi McGill:<br />
Woman on Fire

Bibi McGill:
Woman on Fire

The gorgeous guitarist and musical director for Beyonce's band speaks on rocking out, staying zen and why she's planning to take over the snack aisle

Patrice Peck

by Patrice Peck, February 11, 2013

Bibi McGill:<br />
Woman on Fire

GIRL POWER: Bibi and Beyonce rock the stage 

and fear. So, those are the things I didn’t want to go back on the road for. Beyonce is a great artist. I had always been a fan of Destiny’s Child, but I just didn’t want to be on the road.

What made me change my mind, after a whole day of people calling me, texting me, emailing me, was my dad. Somebody from Beyonce’s camp had been getting his haircut since he was three years old by my dad in Denver  and he had been hearing about me through my dad...So, when Beyonce was looking for a guitar player, and he was working somehow in Beyonce’s camp, he thought of me and he called my dad. And my dad called me and said somebody from Beyonce or Beyonce called looking for you. He didn’t even know how to say her name. He didn’t know who she was and I was just like, “Yeah Dad, I know. But I am not interested.” And I hung up the phone.

Then I thought about it, and I felt bad. I thought, “Well, I am going to just go to the audition, so I can just tell my dad that I went.” I’m glad that I went, because once I got there I realized that it was where I was supposed to be. It was what I was supposed to be doing, and I got the gig.

EBONY: From being a musical director to a yoga instructor to a health food entrepreneur, you seem to be doing a great job of juggling your passions. Do you have any advice for the readers also hoping to pursue multiple passions at once?

BM: I think that we are all trying to figure it out, but the most important thing is to listen to your heart. We are so conditioned to listening to what outside sources are telling us we should do. You know we listen to the media. We listen to our families and friends. We listen to people that really don’t have any right to orchestrate what makes us happy. I think it’s time to sit down and be quiet and listen to what it is you really want to do. Listen to your heart. Listen to your intuition and then follow your passion. That’s what we are really here to do. The more people that follow their heart, that follow their passion, the more people will be happy. And when more people on this planet are happy, it raises the vibrations of this planet, and it helps everybody.

EBONY: What's next for you?

BM: Well, Beyonce just announced her world tour, so I am going to start rehearsals for that soon. So besides that... I am making this product called Bibi Kale Chips...Right now, Bibi Kale Chips are in about ten stores in Portland, Oregon, three stores in Hawaii, and a couple of stores in the rest of the U.S. I am really looking to build the business by obtaining the proper funds and investors to make this a household snack.

I am here to replace potato chips. My product is extremely healthy. When people eat healthy food, they feel better. They are able to heal themselves of imbalances in the body. I think it’s really important to get that out to people. I am hoping people will come together with me and support this, because right now there is a kale revolution happening. Kale is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and kale chips are about to explode, so what better person to do that than Bibi McGill?

Patrice Peck explores the complex intersection of culture, entertainment, race and gender as a multimedia journalist. Follow her musings at Twitter and Facebook, and visit her at for more.


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