Ruthie Craft
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Ruthie Craft

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Pop Soul




"Ruthie Craft’s “Heartbeat” bleeds soul back into pop"

uthie Craft’s “Heartbeat” engulfs you with its groove from the first second you hit play. A touch of the snare drum and a funky guitar line converge as an eerie synth breaks through the background. Just like that, you’re hooked, possessed by the beat.

Craft comes in after a five-second intro in an earthy register that stands on its own, only backed by a simple kick drum. As she mutters, “down a little bit lower,” a throbbing bass meets her vocals and holds her hand as they rhythmically and scenically make their way to the pre-chorus, where we pick up a little pace.

As we inch closer to the chorus, echoes of the last line seem to be our only companion, leading us to a moment of tension that rises into a hyper-energetic rhythm. Craft reiterates the shift verbally though her opening lyrics: “like a heartbeat / I’m alive.” At this moment, a lightning bolt of energy surges through you; you’ve never felt more alive.

By setting the expectations early on through her lower register and the rumble of the bass — and through the repetitive use of the word “down” — we are lulled into a hypnotic state until the chorus brings a world of highs we have yet to experience.

The following verse brings us back down, but with a remembrance of the energetic vibe and a refusal to feel buried again. “Waking up alone just to feel my lungs release / just a little bit easier than breathing used to be” encapsulates this new emotion, capturing the release of a built-up sense of oppression and an acknowledgment of a new way to be. Unlike the first verse, where Craft keeps her vocal line pretty uniform, here, she lets it spike like the EKG of an actual heartbeat.

At the bridge, Craft gets a chance to deliver a solid message through numerous repetitions of her lyrics: “in the middle of the struggle, lord, let me see / who I am, what I need, who I’ve got to be.” This really pulls everything together, lyrically and melodically. In this section, there’s a slight buildup of emotion with each repetition, as if starting to understand our own cycle of behavior that led us to each struggle. Finally reaching a point of revelation by the last repetition, we land on a stripped down chorus that feels like floating in mid-air, basking in pure sunlight.

Craft finishes off the song with a final run of the chorus and a quick outro to put a shiny red bow on this fine piece of craftsmanship.

The audio engineering on this track also stands out. Especially when listening on headphones, the distribution of sounds between both ears has a visceral effect. Any monotony that could have existed in the song is kept at bay by the panning, giving birth to spontaneous percussive instruments that defy expectations. Everything has its own place, yet blends together. - Dan's Tunes Seattle

"Photos: Ruthie Craft @ Cafe Racer"

Local, soulful singer-songwriter Ruthie Craft performed at the Café Racer last week. The 2019 American Idol contestant was accompanied by Jason Kertson on guitar while singing originals and covers. Be on the lookout for Ruthie’s EP to be released next year. You can watch her sing with Keith Urban at the Washington State Fair HERE. - Back Beat Seattle


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Born and raised in the Seattle area, Ruthie Craft is a 24-year-old Singer/Songwriter whose soulful, emotive voice compliments her energetic onstage persona. A technically accomplished vocalist of nearly ten years, her vocal style has been compared to that of Adele, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse.

In Fall of 2015, she was selected to perform alongside Keith Urban at the Washington State Fair in front of an audience of 10,000+, and the experience brought her thousands of local fans. 

In July of 2018, Ruthie was approached by ABC as a prospective contestant for Season 2 of American Idol. She competed on the show, and her episodes began airing in March of 2019, providing her with an entirely new group of national and international fans. 

As a performer, Ruthie and her backing band are an energetic, captivating live spectacle; leaving audiences erupting with applause and asking for more.

As a writer, Ruthie seamlessly blends elements of Soul, Blues, and Pop; aiming to create impassioned, relatable music. She has released two singles: Outside in Fall 2018, and Heartbeat in Spring 2019, with more singles expected to be released in 2020.

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