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Brianna Lea Pruett’s musical expressions travel widely, much like herself – from New York, to Los Angeles, Portland, and the UK, and returning to the West Coast, Gold Country, California. A multi-media artist, in touch with her diverse cultural background and an even more global range of influences, she plays her native California folk, country, and the musical style of her Appalachian and Choctaw-Cherokee heritage with equal passion as her musical writing that bespeaks a love for jazz, blues, and soul music.
Her childhood musical education came mostly from her parents vinyl collection – a mix of classical and choir, Jimi Hendrix, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Leo Kottke, Leonard Cohen, John Denver, and Carole King, along with a few piano lessons and self-taught guitar she is building on for the first time since childhood. Approaching heavy subjects with a directness that affects, her stark interpretations leave impressions and opinions.
Brianna has studied with Meredith Monk’s House Foundation in NYC and continues to use the methods, which became an inspiration for her in 2005. She is learning to speak and sing in her native languages of Cherokee and Choctaw, a lifetime journey.
She 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.
Pruett has a new LP recording, Gypsy Bells, coming out mid-2013 on Canyon Records.