When Rachelle Ferrell talks about her “family,” she can be talking about her fans as easily as any blood relations.
“Believe it or not, my fan family is my real family,” says the eclectic singer and songwriter, who was born in Pennsylvania and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to Los Angeles. “That might sound kind of strange; not every performer has genetics that way. But I’m blessed with a very real family who love and care for me and support me and spend time with me all over the world.”
Ferrell, 47, also notes that “each branch of my family is different, depending on which city I go to,” and her Detroit following, she says, is among her favorites.
“My Detroit family has a very, very deep, intense and high regard for music,” says Ferrell, who’s currently finishing a live album she hopes to release in early 2009. She also appears on George Duke’s new album, “Dukey Treats.”
“I always look forward to coming there because I can always let my hair down musically.
“(In Detroit) I don’t have to ration out what I do. I can let my hair down and let it flow completely; there’s nothing I can do that’s over their heads. That lets me have a tremendous freedom. I get to have as much fun as the listener, so it’s a real treat.”
Rachelle Ferrell performs at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 20) and 6 and 10 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 21) at Arturo’s Jazz Theatre, 25333 W. 12 Mile Road in the AMC Star Theatre Complex. Tickets remain only for the 6 p.m. Sunday show at $65 and $52.50. Call (248) 357-6009 or visit www.arturosjazz.com.