Biography

Ruth Chadd is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer.  Known foremost as a vocalist for her arresting soul-filled lyricism, as well as her unique and improvisational work as a harpist and pianist, Ruth's original music captures the timeless nuances of indie folk in a way unique to her own poetic style.

As a harpist, Ruth's live performances show brave physicality and substance. With a background in classical piano and extensive music theory, her training lends freedom to her technical sophistication with percussive, poly-rhythmic motions that expose intricate soundscapes.

Born in Corvallis, OR to artistically inclined parents (her father, a singer/songwriter & musician; her mother, a potter), Ruth showed a very keen early interest in piano. After studying classical piano, music theory and composition for over 10 years, Ruth began to foray into her own compositions around age 13 as a budding singer-songwriter. She began to perform publicly at the young age of 17 in Pacific Northwest clubs, cafes and coffeehouses.

During the years of 2003-2007, Ruth wrote, recorded and released a number of small independently produced EPs out of her home studio. From living room house concerts to large venues across the country, her presence as a performer and instrumentalist has captured many audiences.


Ruth went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies & Philosophy. She continued to moonlight her original songs as a solo performer, during which time she also lended her talents as a session musician for various recording artists, as well as backing vocalist/instrumentalist in Portland (now Nashville, TN based) singer/songwriter Ezra Carey's indie rock band (The Fire Keeps Us Warm, 2008, Bladen County Records).

It was in early 2008, while browsing one of her favorite music shops, that Ruth saw an unmarked 22-string Celtic harp for sale. It was love at first sight and she's been primarily composing on the instrument ever since.

In September 2015, Ruth released a demo EP of original songs titled "Closer than Danger" under her former performance moniker (Ruth Beck). The sonically lush EP features Ruth's work on harp, and was recorded and produced at Invisible Studios in Houston, TX with engineer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Erich Avinger and mastered in analog by Grammy-award winning mastering engineer Bernie Grundman in Los Angeles, CA. 

Ruth also composes as an instrumentalist, licensing for film through Portland-based Marmoset Music.