Soul Sisters Podcast: Rumer Willis May Have Learned Music From Dad, But That Voice Is All Her Own

David Andrako
Soul Sisters Podcast featuring: Rumer Willis 

It's hard to predict what someone will recognize Rumer Willis for exactly: as the winner of last season's Dancing With the Stars, or her starring role in Chicago on Broadway; for acting on the CW reboot of Beverly Hills 90210, or her current performances in L.A.'s The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada. (Or, yes, as the oft-photographed daughter of her well-known parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.)

"I felt like I was getting so much more attention than what I had earned for the work that I had done," she tells Soul Sisters about trying to break into the business as a so-called "celebrity kid." "Then of course to the outside world it looks like, 'Who cares? Why is this girl getting attention? She’s not doing anything. She’s just the famous kid of somebody.'"

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Willis has quickly proven she's so much more than that -- most recently during her April stint at Café Carlyle, a legendary cabaret room where she bowled over audiences and critics alike with a set list whose depth and maturity was matched only by that of Willis' voice itself, whether she was belting Hozier or Billie Holiday.

In this episode, recorded at New York City's Chord Club in between her Carlyle dates, Willis talks openly about growing up under paparazzi scrutiny, what she missed by moving around so much as a child, and where her great taste in music really comes from.

"My musical taste comes completely from my dad," she admits. "My dad plays harmonica really well, actually!"

Check out the full episode below, hosted by Billboard's Jessie Katz and Parlour Tricks singer Darah Golub, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes:



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