The First Notes
Louise Rutkowski's singing career began as a backing singer, along with sister, Dee, for The Jazzateers, on the legendary Sottish record label, Postcard Records. The Rutkowski Sisters went on to form Sunset Gun, signing with CBS Records. Thereafter, they lent their ethereal vocals to 4AD Records collective, This Mortal Coil, which continues to have an international following. The Rutkowski sisters also recorded an EP under the name The Florentines, for indie label Cherry Red.
The Middle Years
In the early 90s, as part of The Kindness of Strangers, a one-album project with film composer Craig Armstrong and playwright Peter Arnott, Louise was lead vocalist on "Hope". Released in the US by Interscope Records, the album featured mixes by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Nellee Hooper (Soul II Soul, Bjork, Madonna). Subsequently, Louise was Assistant Music Officer for Arts Council England. She continued to perform and record, releasing "Six Songs", an EP of Randy Newman songs, on her own label.
Louise's first solo album, "Diary of a Lost Girl", co-written with Irvin Duguid, was released in 2014. It received critical acclaim and was nominated for the SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award. Her second solo album, "Home", will be released in 2020.
As well as over 30 years' experience in the music industry as a singer, performer, and recording artist, Louise is qualified to HND Level (Music Performance) and has qualifications in coaching and counselling skills, as well as vocal anatomy. She has worked with people from 16 to 70: absolute beginners, semi and professional singers, and those who simply do it for fun, or to build confidence in other areas of their lives.
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