"There is something mystical about Ree Boado - whether it is her angelic physical presence walking through life or commanding an audience's attention on stage, the open and honest way she talks about how she wrestles with her life's demons each day, or the way the sky splits as rays of heaven pour through her music..."
- Mitchell L. Hillman, Java Magazine
With a versatile sound that has been described as emotive, theatrical, surprising, forceful with ease, comforting, and genre bending, Ree Boado’s sophomore release, Out of the Mouth of Caves, highlights a softer, more melancholy side, with acoustic instruments and haunting, layered vocals as the musical base.
Named by Phoenix New Times music editor as "the most radio ready, local act going right now", the Phoenix native, who has been known to fearlessly dive into topics such as spiritual abuse, the sex trade industry, or schizophrenic delusions, is now taking a turn to more personal matters. In this collection of songs, Ree Boado muses over the idea of wisdom coming from dark times of distress. And though she has been remarkably honest on past albums, this current EP marks a shift of present vulnerability, even daring at times to reveal challenges within her own marriage.
Ree’s musical history is quite diverse. “As a kid I sang r&b/ hip hop because that’s what you do in ‘the hood’, I sang big band after my father introduced me to music from his era, I sang pop/punk for three years in the first band I ever joined, I sang musicals and opera in college, and I sang in a black gospel choir for three years and learned about harmonies and how to sing from your soul. Indie rock has been where I’ve landed mainly in the last several years, but I can’t resist pulling from other genres now and then. They’re too much a part of me.”
Over several years of performing, writing, recording, and touring locally and nationally with three different rock bands, Ree has had the opportunity to share the stage with a wide range of musicians including Billboard Artists Taking Back Sunday, JJ Heller, and Audrey Assad, Dove Award winner Chris August, Grammy nominees Katie Herzig and Sophie B. Hawkins, American Idol's Brooke White, and Stephen Egerton of the punk band Descendents.
Ree Boado began her solo pursuit about four years ago, releasing her first LP, Pretty Little Flies, which was well received. In 2011, she donated several songs from this album towards a compilation album designed to help survivors of sex trafficking recover. In 2012, this album was featured in a documentary called Volviendo that won the MTV Exit and UNICEF International award for best documentary on human sex trafficking. More recently, Ree had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City to be featured in an upcoming documentary coming out in 2015, Children of This Light, which tells the tale of many street kids living in desperate environments and how the rest of us can care for them.
Ree is also the front woman of indie rockers Dearspeak (Ree's rock songs with a band). See Dearspeak.com for more info.
Associated Acts: Dearspeak, Art For Starters