The soulful blues singer and multi-instrumentalist Tullie Brae (Tuh-lee Bray) credits her gift to her roots in gospel music, like so many great and soul singers before her. Her musical journey started when she began singing in church where her Dad was pastor. She played piano, drums and guitar and early on assumed the role of choir director. Her artistic reputation grew within the gospel community which led to touring professionally with gospel groups.
Not only are Tullie’s influences steeped in gospel music, while traveling and performing she was influenced by the sounds of Blues, Soul, Country and Rock ’n Roll. If you were privy to Tullie’s ipod “favorites”, you would discover a broad spectrum of musical genres and eras. A few of the artists include Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, Etta James, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Joe Bonamassa, Melissa Etheridge, India Arie and Paul Thorn.
Tulllie has enjoyed sharing the stage with artists such as Paul Thorn, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Ruthie Foster, Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings, Bobby Rush, Cedric Burnside, Lightning Malcolm, Jimbo Mathis, Jimmy Thackery, Big Jack Johnson and Terry “Harmonica” Bean among many more talented artists. While on tour she has opened for the Blues King himself, B.B. King, celebrating his birthday. You will see and feel Tullie’s heart and soul during her performances, whether it’s her original material or a cover that has been “Tullie-ized”.
Tullie released in 2014 her album “Everything Turns Blue”.