"Someday they will call Dylan the Ferron of the 60s"---The Boston Globe
Ferron is often compared to Johnny Cash. She has been an influence on such artists as Tori Amos, The Indigo Girls, Ani Difranco and Bitch--who has produced her two most recent albums.
Part Cree and Ojibway Indian, Ferron grew up in the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada. The eldest of seven children, she was tossed between foster homes, her mother and an abusive stepfather. Her mother’s French Canadian family inspired her to sing and write from an early age. She ran away at age 15, and describes leaving home with only a shopping bag of stuff: “I was 15. In my shopping bag I had a change of clothes, a toothbrush, my A&W uniform, and a Leonard Cohen album. No record player.” Ferron has gone one to become one of Canada’s most famous folk singers.
Ferron has released 16 albums. She worked briefly with Warner Brother Records, a relationship that quickly soured, which sent the artist into isolation for several years. “I flew in a lot of planes, drove a lot of cars, saw a lot of motels and ate a lot of backstage food. Life was grand except for one thing…how does one breathe in and breathe out at the same time? I’ve been asked what happened between 1986 and 1990, where did I go. And for me it was a time when I had to stop and take stock and remember myself and remember where I came from, and find the deep well that I was used to tapping into and fight the urge to become a parody of myself. People would call with show ideas and I learned to say no, learned to make bread and walk all over the island I lived on. I learned to value myself off a stage.”
“Turning into Beautiful,” was recorded with her band in 2005.
In 2008, “Boulder,” was produced by Bitch and released on Bitch’s label, Short Story Records. It includes performances by The Indigo Girls, Ani Difranco, Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Jd Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), Ulali, Tina G, Lyndell Montgomery and more.