Rita Chiarelli is Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist. With a JUNO award and 4 subsequent JUNO nominations, she is known across Canada as the “Goddess of the Blues”. Chiarelli is a gifted songwriter and an entertaining performer, but it is her soaring 3 octave voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspires awe and often tears in her audiences, and causes critics to gush. “ a voice so blue it could make the angels weep”…. “a voice that can growl at her demons or soar with the angels, a gift for lyric, an ear for melody and the heart to combine them”.
Rita’s most recent release is the critically praised Music From The Big House Soundtrack, recorded LIVE with the musical inmates of Angola Prison as seen in her award winning documentary of the same name and featuring Rita’s gut wrenching performance of These Four Walls.
Over the past decade this Rita Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including multiple Maple Blues awards, CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award, Toronto Independent Music Awards, Hamilton Music Awards, Manitoba Blues Society and the Hamilton Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Most recently Rita was awarded the prestigious Maple Blues ‘Blues With A Feeling Award’ for Lifetime Achievement.
As of late, this Canadian blues legend has been wowing audiences touring with her 6 piece all female R&B band Sweet Loretta.