Ruth Radelet

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Ruth Radelet
Performing with Chromatics in 2013
Performing with Chromatics in 2013
Background information
Birth nameRuth Radelet
Born (1982-04-28) April 28, 1982 (age 38)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Years active2004–present
LabelsItalians Do It Better
Associated actsChromatics

Ruth Radelet (born April 28, 1982)[1][2] is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known for her work as the lead vocalist in the electronic band Chromatics, formed in 2001.[3] A native of Portland, Oregon, Radelet joined Chromatics in 2004 after the band relocated to Portland from Seattle, Washington. The band's first album to feature Radelet as vocalist and guitarist was their cult release Night Drive (2007), the record which marked a notable shift in their sound, incorporating elements of synth pop and post punk.

Radelet also appeared with Chromatics in the Showtime series revival of Twin Peaks (2017).[4]

Early life[edit]

Radelet was born in Portland, Oregon.[3] She was raised in Portland and spent several years living on the Oregon coast.[3]


Radelet joined Chromatics in 2004 with Adam Miller, Nat Walker, and Johnny Jewel, releasing Night Drive in 2007.[5] Radelet provided contributions to Symmetry's debut album, Themes For An Imaginary Film (2011).[6] Chromatics' follow-up album to Night Drive was Kill for Love, released the following year. The band was invited to perform at the Chanel show by Karl Lagerfeld in 2012.[7]

Radelet appeared with Chromatics in the Showtime 2017 revival of Twin Peaks.[8]


Radelet has cited folk and country artists such as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and Tom Waits as influences, as well as new wave bands such as New Order.[7] She has also cited films as an influence on her music, including work by directors Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Brian De Palma.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Radelet was romantically involved with bandmate Johnny Jewel for several years; commenting in an interview with The Huffington Post, she said: "I consider us to be old friends, and we have continued to build on that foundation even though the dynamic is always evolving."[7] According to a 2014 article in Dazed, Radelet and Jewel were married for eight years.[9] She relocated to New York[3] in 2011 and California in 2016.[10]




Year Title Role Notes
2017 Twin Peaks Herself Episodes: "Part 2", "Part 12", "Part 17"


  1. ^ @IDIB (April 28, 2018). "Happy Birthday Ruth Radelet @chromatics We love you forever ever" (Tweet). Archived from the original on June 26, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (23 May 2014), Ruth Radelet, Residence, Portland, Oregon, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  3. ^ a b c d e Grube, Janice. "Johnny Jewel & Ruth Radelet Interview". Revel In. New York City. Archived from the original on July 20, 2018. I was born and raised here, and aside from a few years on the Oregon coast, I lived in Portland my entire life until I moved to New York in 2011.
  4. ^ Hudson, David (April 25, 2016). "The Code, Pickford, Rivette". Fandor. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Harvell, Jess (October 7, 2007). "Chromatics: Night Drive review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Richards, Chris (January 3, 2012). "Album review: Symmetry, "Themes for an Imaginary Film"". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Lynn, Logan (October 26, 2016). "'Kill for Love': An Interview With Ruth Radelet of Chromatics". The Huffington Post. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  8. ^ Strauss, Matthew (April 25, 2016). ""Twin Peaks" Revival to Star Trent Reznor, Sky Ferreira, Eddie Vedder, Sharon Van Etten, More". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Myers, Owen (2014). "Hearts of glass". Dazed. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Radelet, Ruth (January 17, 2016). "Ruth Radelet on Instagram: "I guess it's official"". Instagram. Retrieved February 28, 2017.

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