Shamsi Ruhe Performing in Woodstock
Shamsi performing in Woodstock

Shamsi Ruhe at the Mothership (video with interview)

Shamsi Ruhe is a singer and songwriter with a female folk/alternative music vibe likened to Tracy Chapman and The Weepies.


Ruhe was the lead singer in the band ONE based out of Phoenix, AZ. She was signed to Mercury Records when she was nineteen years old, and subsequently signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records.

Shamsi Ruhe writes and sings much of her own material. She has worked with Grammy award winning producers Paul Kolderie (Pixies, Warren Zevon, The Go-Go’s, Hole, Radiohead), Dean Jones (Dog On Fleas and The Felice Brothers), and Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel). She also wrote and recorded with a team composed of Grammy nominated producer Rick Chertoff and Eric Bazilian, and Rob Hyman of The Hooters at Rykodisc.

Even though Shamsi was virtually tone deaf in childhood, her mother had dreamed about her while pregnant, envisioning a girl with a huge voice singing in a concert hall. So Shamsi was placed in vocal training with an opera coach at age four.

She grew up in Nashville, singing and writing songs and taking more operatic voice lessons.

Shamsi currently resides and performs in Woodstock, NY.

Article by Aspen Beat
Feature photo by Aspen Beat

Video filmed, edited and uploaded by Come to Woodstock
(with a little help from Jade)

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