I’ve always loved performing, but it wasn’t until I was fourteen and I heard Adele’s first album that I became enthralled with the art of vocals. – Ruthie Craft
My team was sitting around the room at the The Roosevelt Hotel viewing social media in preparation for the Oscars when I heard, “Yo! Hollywood you need to check out this”. It was a video they found of Ruthie Craft on a rooftop in Hollywood doing a cover of a Guns N’ Roses tune.
I went through some other covers Ruthie had posted on her Instagram and was intrigued, and felt she had something, so I sent her a “DM”, which resulted in this interview forth eight hours before sheer madness breaking out on Hollywood Boulevard at the Dolby Theater. Follow Ruthie on her Facebook, and her Instagram.
Here the video which caught my eye. I tell everyone don’t get caught in the studio use the world as your stage and it is just what Ruthie did.
1. Let’s talk about how it began your passion for singing?
I’ve always loved performing, but it wasn’t until I was fourteen and I heard Adele’s first album that I became enthralled with the art of vocals. She brought to the table something I had never heard before; her artistry, coupled with the music of legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, inspired me to learn how to sing. I believe I was born with a decent voice, but I didn’t become a “singer” until I poured my time and whole heart into music. It wasn’t long before I realized that singing was the only time in which my Tourettes syndrome did not rule my mind. If you don’t know, Tourettes is a neurological disorder which causes involuntary twitching of the body and voice (called “tics”). It has since improved, but up until that point, it was my identity. I couldn’t get away from the sore muscles and embarrassment that resulted from my relentless tics. But when I sing, it all goes away– I can relax and create and breathe. Music became my medicine and my passion, and it has been ever since.
2. You are killing it on your instagram what are you future plans? (are you writing music, planing any album, or booking tours)
Thank you! I’m currently in the process of writing songs, playing gigs, and getting my name out with covers on social media. After that, the goal is to release an EP!
3. How did your cover vid of Guns come about?
My friend Alex Hager has been gaining a ton of traction on Instagram, and he reached out to me to see if I wanted to collaborate. We’re from the same hometown in Washington state and share the same vocal coach, but I live in North Carolina with my military husband and he lives in Hollywood. I booked a flight to LA and we had a blast developing and recording that cover. He wanted to do a classic rock song, and I wanted to bring the jazz. Together, I think we came up with a really cool compromise.
4. You seem to be able to do everything from blues, jazz and rock if you could make a wish about where you would want all this to go, what would it be?
I just want to make a living doing what I love. I just want to sing. However that looks and whatever road I take to get there, I will be satisfied if I can simply be an artist who gets to share my music with others. I want to expand my horizons, explore different genres, and collaborate with all kinds of artists. There is always something to be learned and I will never stop developing my sound. But jazz, blues, and soul with always be my friends. Jazz is my first love, after all.
5. Who are some musical or non musical artists or people who have influenced you and encourage you.
As far as music is concerned, I’ve already mentioned how instrumental Adele has been to the development of my vocal style. I also simply love listening to crooners like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble. Everyone from Amy Winehouse to Jason Mraz to Stevie Ray Vaughan have inspired me. But I wouldn’t be pursuing music right now if it weren’t for the patient support of my parents, four siblings, and my loving husband. They all believe in my talent even when I don’t. I’ve auditioned for TV singing competitions 5 times now, and have been rejected from all of them. But I will never be rejected from my husband and my family. That’s an incredible feeling, and it’s what drives me forward.