Ferron

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

2 June 1952, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 90s singer Ferron grew up in a rural suburb of Vancouver, the eldest of seven children. After leaving home at the age of 15 she subsisted by working as a cab driver, waitressing and packing coffee in a factory. By 1975 she had started singing to ‘political folk-type people, mixed audiences of men and women’. Her first recordings were completed in 1977 when she recorded, released and distributed her self-titled debut. Songs such as ‘I Am Hungry’ immediately announced Ferron as a natural communicator, fluent in documenting emotional peaks and troughs. Ferron Backed Up followed a year later, and established a solid following for her staunchly feminist songwriting (notably ‘Dear Marly’ and ‘Call Me Friend’). Through these two albums she came to the attention of Gayle Scott, an American then employed in film production in Vancouver. Scott became Ferron’s manager and business...

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