I can't imagine not writing. It is my life blood and my source of serenity. I teach it because I believe everyone can and should write. It keeps one centered and alive.
Tret Fure began her career at the age of 16, singing in coffeehouses and campuses in the Midwest. At 19, she moved to LA in hopes of obtaining a record deal. Within a year she was performing as guitarist and vocalist for Spencer Davis, touring with him and penning the single for his album “Mousetrap”. She went on to record her own album in 1973 on MCA/UNI Records, with the late Lowell George of Little Feat as her producer. With the success of that release, she opened for such bands as Yes, Poco, and the J Geils Band.
One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena, Tret Fure has released 15 albums and CDs over the course of her 46 year career. In addition to being a gifted songwriter, Fure has engineered and produced countless recordings by a variety of artists, including her own work.
In the early 80s, Tret began exploring the independent side of the industry discovering the blossoming genre known as Women’s Music. She recorded with and produced some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall” (1983). She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s, producing, engineering and releasing 3 CDs together during those years.
Now after 7 acoustic releases on her own label, Tomboy girl Records, she has re-established herself in the folk world, winning the 2004 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competition in 2 out of 3 categories., Best Overall and Best Up-Tempo Song. 2004 also brought her recognition with the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. In 2009, Tret was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician”. In the same year she received the Janine C Rae Award for her work in Women’s Music. She is currently #3 on the top 20 CD charts for OutVoice.net and #1 on Reverbnation in Newport News, VA.
Her acclaimed solo releases include “Tret Fure” (1973), “Terminal Hold” (1984), “Edges of the Heart” (1986), “Time Turns the Moon” (1990), “Back Home” (2001) which took both album of the year and single of the year awards for 2001 from OutVoice Top 40, “My Shoes” (2003) in which Sing Out! Magazine says "Fure's new solo venture signals her intent to do more than just move on. This album soars...She has never sounded better...This mature effort surely ranks among Fure's finest works and will be savored by old-time fans and new fans alike.", “Anytime Anywhere”(2005) and “True Compass” (2007) a beautiful collection of songs of love and passion that lived in the top 20 charts of Outvoice for over a year. “The Horizon” (2010) was also in the top 10 charts and her title song “The Horizon” placed #1 in the Dec 2010 charts. “A Piece of the Sky” (2013) is #3 in the top 20 charts. Tret just released her 15th album, “Rembrandt Afternoons” (2015) which proves to be her best work yet. It has already been chosen by the acclaimed folk music show Midnight Special as their album of the week and has been in heavy rotation on several of the folk shows around the country. Her song “Riverbank” was #2 on the Acoustic Outpost charts for the week of February 15 and the song “Freedom” is #1 on Outvoice.net for the month of June 2016!
Fure also markets of her own line of clothing named after her popular song “Tomboy girl”. In addition, while not on the road, Tret teaches guitar and songwriting individually and in workshop settings. She paints pet portraits on commission and, an accomplished cook, Fure has also published a cookbook, “Tret's Kitchen”, featuring her own recipes. Along with bridging the marketing, production, music and art worlds, Tret also serves as President of Local 1000, The Traveling Musicians Association--a union geared toward helping traveling musicians find security and longevity.
A Piece of the Sky
That Side of the Moon
I wrote this in honor of the small towns in our country, so many of which we are losing. As goes the farm, so goes the town. Specificaaly this is about the twon where my grandparents retired from farming. A town called Keister
The Zen of Being
Summer To Me
If you've ever loved fireflies and have been captivated by their amazing presence in summer, or if you've ever played 'kick-the-can', you will appreciate this song!
Bucket of Tears
This song is getting play all over the world. it seems to strike a chord with people in a deep way. I wrote this about an old boyfirend of mine who passed away several years back
How We Dare
Thinking about loss and how we deal with it. From the new CD "Rembrandt Afternoons" which will be available soon!
The is a song I wrote about our olderst child who has transgendered to male and is so happy. I wrote this for all people dealing with gender issues and the support we should always be giving! From the new CD "Rembrandt Afternoons" which will be available soon!
Now I Know
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
Wear leather and sing my songs (from a producer, record company owner)
4: What was your first concert?
Marquette Senior High School
5: What/where is the best road food?
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Don't give your music away
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
William Butler Yeats