By mid-morning Thursday, news of singer-songwriter Brianna Lea Pruett's death had spread quickly on Facebook among her friends, family and members of Sacramento’s tight-knit music community.
Pruett, an artist known for her sweet disposition, love of nature and fresh, modern take on folk, died Wednesday according to a Facebook post from her sister Keely Dorran. She was 32.
In the post, Dorran said she did not wish to discuss details of Pruett’s passing, and did not respond to an email from SN&R.
Instead, Dorran commemorated her sister, writing “[I want] to focus on the fact of her continued existence as a spirit.”
Pruett’s lineage had deep Native American roots, with relatives on her father’s side who were Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw. Pruett explored those ties in her music, and released 2013 album Gypsy Bells via the Native American record label Canyon Records.
Her sound was often compared to that of both legacy and modern indie folk artists such as Emmylou Harris and Angel Olsen.
She was also an artist, poet and filmmaker, producing the multi-short series Roses For Maya Dern, selections from which screened at the 2012 American Indian Film Festival,. Following a successful IndieGogo campaign, Pruett released the series via DVD in May.
Earlier this year, Pruett released a five-song EP, We Come in All Colors.
Stay tuned for any updates on a public memorial.
Learn more about Brianna Lea Pruett here.