ARETHA SCRUGGS (pictured) hails from Los Angeles and is a rising soul and jazz singer. She began her career with her family gospel group – The Scruggs Sisters, containing her three sisters and two parents Melvin and Wanda Scruggs, on accompanying piano and bass. They opened for world renowned Gospel artists such as: The Clark Sisters, Commissioned, Yolanda Adams and Vickie Winans and were awarded the prestigious opportunity to sing for historical events like Rosa Park’s 80th Birthday party
After graduating from UCLA, Aretha and twin sister Alayna went on to tour as background singers for Natalie Cole and later, Christina Aguilera and Anita Baker and the duo went on to support legends like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, India Arie, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell. At the same time, Ms Scruggs remains true to her gospel roots and has recently worked with people like Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbett, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp and Yolanda Adams.
Right now, as a solo singer, she’s busy promoting her debut jazz EP, called “Seasons’ from which the lead single, ‘Sunsets’ is winning support in the States. The song is a neo-soul/jazz hybrid with flavours of Anita Baker and Carmen Lundy. It’s an ethereal, intriguing, rambling sound with a message about family values. We’re told that the EP features covers of ‘Autumn Leaves’ and Ain’t Nobody’ – interesting. In the meantime, ‘Sunsets’ is out now!