Nurtured by crackling vinyl, living room jams, and music festivals. Edmonton-born singer and former Winnipegger, Miss Rae, bares her soul on stage. Fiery lyrics channel tales of former lives, while unveiling hushed histories riddled with hardships, valour and desire. She also explores her Métis/African heritage through song. Miss Rae has been compared to the bold voices of Big Mama Thornton, Etta James, Brittany Howard, and Amy Winehouse.
After winning 1st place in the 2012 Harvest Moon Songwriting Contest and performing on their festival stage a capella, Miss Rae then set out to assemble the Midnight Ramblers in Winnipeg, MB. Only particular musicians perform with this young soulstress, their backgrounds range from roots to rockabilly and jazz, as these gentlemen capture an essential grit to intensify a velvety voice.
A woman of wanderlust, Miss Rae spent 40 days on a blues journey travelling throughout the southern states. Following in the footsteps of Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf by singing on porches under the Mississippi heat, and enchanted by New Orleans’ charm. She then crossed the waters to France, living in Paris for almost two years.
Collaborating with French guitarist, Jeff Loiselet, the duo’s electric sound echoed down the winding halls of Métro stations, stopping travellers in their tracks. Quickly transitioning onto the stages of Paris and bringing a sense of soul to the scene. Miss Rae was selected to play at the 2015 Festival Jazz Sur Seine, presented by Paris Jazz Club.
Now, at 25 years old, Miss Rae returns from Paris to Canada, presently based out of Edmonton, Alberta and working on writing her sophomore album, to be released by 2018. Her current line-up of the Midnight Ramblers include: Clayton Sample on guitar, Grant Stovel on drums, Chris Grapel on upright bass and Septimus Alexander on tenor saxophone. Special guest includes Jimmy Guiboche on guitar.
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About the Debut Album, Big Boned Woman:
Throughout the span of 3 days in early August of 2013, the first line-up of Miss Rae & the Midnight Ramblers (featuring Vince Andrushko, Tom Twisty Fodey & Dan Levasseur) spent 14 hours recording their 11 original songs in the ol’ fashioned analogue style, using vintage equipment at the former Empire Recording Studios in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, and then releasing the album later that same month.
Click here to read the album review from Elmore Magazine in NYC.
“Midnight Oil” placed in the Semi-Finals of both the 2013 International Songwriting Competition & the 2014 Unsigned Only Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee. During October 2014, “Revolver Man” reached #1 on the Top 40 National Aboriginal Music Countdown radio charts in Canada. Songs from Big Boned Woman have receieved radio play throughout North America and in Italy.
Former Members of the Midnight Ramblers:
Jeff Loiselet • Electric Guitar (Paris, France 2015 – 2016)
Lymon Brown • Tenor Saxophone (Rest In Peace * 2014)
Dan Levasseur • Drums (2012 – 2014)
Johnny Richards • Upright Bass (2014 & 2016)
Vince Andrushko • Electric Guitar (2012 – 2013)
Tom “Twisty” Fodey • Bass (2012 – 2013)
Chris “Mama” Bauer • Drums (2013)