Born in the mountains of Northern California and a singer from her earliest days, she plays her native California folk, country, and the musical style of her Appalachian and Southeastern Woodlands Native American heritage with equal passion as compositions that show a love for jazz, blues, and soul music.
With a musical education that came mostly from her parents vinyl collections – a mix of classical and choir, Jimi Hendrix, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Leo Kottke, Leonard Cohen, John Denver, Carole King, and Doc Watson, she started writing seriously as a teenager, performing jazz standards with a band and folk music in a style new yet threaded with history.
She has worked with diverse artists in many genres, and carries that personal tradition forward. She is learning to speak and sing in her family’s languages of Cherokee and Choctaw, a lifetime journey. This self-education shines in modern compositions, poetry sung with lines of English translation in a style that sounds as natural as breathing and opens an intimate door to a modern artist’s journey.
Pruett has shared stages with Jonah Matranga of Far and Gratitude, Jacob Golden, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters, Two Sheds, Nick Jaina, Coal Beautiere, Karl Blau, Lady Lazarus, Good Shield Aguilar, and others. One continued influence she cites is her philosophy of art making. “Being a performer, an artist, a writer, a commentator or contributor has responsibilities of being authentic to one’s important things in life.” Love, family, home, and heritage consistently show up in the music.
Pruett has recently released a full length album, The Stars, The Moon, The Owl, The Cougar, and You, an EP of 5 new songs titled Keeping You In Mind, and has a new LP recording, Gypsy Bells, due out on Canyon Records in August 2013.
Cold Moon 90 by Brianna Lea Pruett