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.
Tonight you can enjoy some great live music at a NOT secret location in Toronto as Emily Raquel takes the stage with Leah Hawk at Grossman’s Tavern at 9pm. Emily Raquel has some big plans up her sleeve but those for the moment are secret and you are gonna love her live performance.
Neil Young is doing an exclusive concert from somewhere in Canada. It will be at 8pm EST on December 1. Check it out. This is the future of music, find a cool spot and do an intimate concert and let the world in on it. CTV.Ca
During the Taliban’s regime in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, music was forbidden: playing music, listening to music, or selling cassettes was considered un‐Islamic and was outlawed. Afghanistan’s musicians were forced to flee from their homeland. Moved by the critical state of musicians and music education in his native country, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, a visionary musician and the first Afghan to obtain a doctorate in music, initiated a ground-breaking project to revive and promote music education in Afghanistan. This year, the ANIM’s Afghan Women’s Orchestra (“Zohra”) was launched and it includes over thirty brave young women, between the ages of 14 and 20, who have defied the odds against them and play music together—the first women in their families, community, and country to learn music in over 30 years.
They told me one day we will kill you – Negina Khpalwak
One day I went to my friend and asked him to licence me his dad’s name so I could open the best jazz bar in Paris. My friend Erin Davis is very chilled having grown up in Malibu and his dad was a great jazz musician who was loved by France, Miles Davis. The bar never happened mainly because sometime you can be too chilled.
Le Tour de France left Switzerland arriving in Chamonix, France where the green grass touches the blue sky’s of heaven. In the French Alps, everyone is settling or moving to wherever they will rest for the night and I do what I do, go explore. Soon I run into a girl who seems to be telling people where to go so I decide to ask her if there are any live music spots in Chamonix?. She informs me that there is a new place for jazz I must check out. I tell her I love jazz, and now that I am in France it will be so cool, because one of my friend’s father what loved by France for his jazz. Without so much as missing a beat while checking her phone she asks me who could that musician be that France loved so much. I tell her Miles Davis. No longer looking at the phone she hits my arm and says, “No, Miles Davis is very famous, and in France if you know music you know Miles Davis”. Well this girl Stephanie turned me on to a few very good things. She would take me around and introduced me to her friends and telling them about Erin, and Miles Davis. The name Miles Davis had this magical effect on people and soon the entire world of Chamonix opened up thanks to Miles Davis.
Before telling you more of what I discovered let me have Erin Davis tell you in his own words about his father Miles Davis, and check out Miles perform live.
La Maison des Artistes, was a magic find all thanks to Stephanie, it is a jazz spot, and a recording studio. The night I showed up Lucile Marchal was playing, check her Lucile out and through this I discovered Balcony TV, where if you if you are a musician you have to perform.
Le Café Comptoir, a restaurant, bar and music was discovered all thanks Miles Davis and jazz and Lucile Marchal as she had made this promotional video for their Cosmo Jazz Festival. Check it out, the jazz festival site here, Cosmo July 23 -31, 2016
We’re sorry but we are forced to cancel the concert tonight because the musicians can only happen to vallorcine due to caravan of the tour de France… When the caravan moves on…. But this is only part discount because Diego and Balthazar: we love them! We will let you know… Kisses to all… – Le Cafe Comptoir
Well as you can see Le Tour de France can sometime get in the way of music, sorry about that Le Cafe Comptoir.