Biography

Ruth Moody Biography

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.

In 2010, Ruth released her first solo album, The Garden. Produced by David Travers-Smith, it was nominated for two Juno Awards, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Its title track was the fourth most played song of 2010 on North American Folk Radio.

These Wilder Things, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Garden, was released in 2013 to rave reviews. Once again produced by Travers-Smith, it features guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, and The Wailin’ Jennys. It was nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award, and her cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ was one of CBC Radio 2′s most played played songs of 2013. Highlights of the release tour included official showcases at South By Southwest, in Austin, Texas, a live performance on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, in Toronto, Ontario, and 12 dates opening for Mark Knopfler in England, France, and the Netherlands. Ruth continues to tour worldwide with her all-star band in support of the new record.

Ruth has been recognized by the USA Songwriting Competition and the International Songwriting Competition for several of her compositions, including ‘One Voice’, which has gone on to be a signature song for The Wailin’ Jennys. It has been covered by countless artists and sung in concert halls, churches and schools around the world. Her song ‘Storm Comin’, from the Jennys’ latest album Bright Morning Stars, recently won first place in the gospel category at the International Songwriting Competition.

The Ruth Moody Band is Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals; Adam Dobres on guitars, ukulele and vocals; and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Western Canadian Music Awards Nomination – Roots Solo Recording Of the Year (2013)

Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination – Contemporary Album of the year (2013)

International Songwriting Competition – 1st Prize in the Gospel Category for “Storm Comin’” (2012)

International Acoustic Music Award – Finalist for Best Folk Album (2012)

Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination – Solo Artist of the Year (2010)

Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination – New/Emerging Artist of the Year (2010)

Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination – Pushing the Boundaries (2010)

Western Canadian Music Award Nomination – Roots Solo Recording of the Year (2010)

Juno Award Nomination – Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo (2010)

Juno Award Nomination – Engineer of the year (2010)

Indie Acoustic Project – Best Singer-Songwriter CD (2010)

 

PRESS QUOTES

“I can’t take her off my jukebox.” –Mark Knopfler

“Ruth Moody hits the ball out of the park on this atmospheric second solo album.” No Depression

“As musically inciting as a ripe, red pomegranate” –Vintage Guitar

“a voice as lovely as springtime’s freshest daisy” –Huffington Post

“striking…elegantly constructed songs” –R2 Magazine

“music so good that it transcends” –FAME

“classically elegant” –Sing Out!

Ruth Moody