Born in harbour town Hamburg Germany, Britta grew up a small house with her parents, uncle & aunt, grandmother and shared a room with her sister. Her mother insists Britta sang before she talked.
Noone else in the family shared her passion for music, so she secretly listened to short wave radio late at night under the blanket with ear phones, there was no privacy in the house to pursue her thirst for music. Only on Sundays mornings she was allowed to listen to a variety of jazz and swing coming from the kitchen radio while her mother prepared Sunday dinner, gluing her ear to the small speaker to hear Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz, Django Reinhardt.
Finally as a teen she ventured with friends out to cellar clubs listening to Dixieland and other jazz till the wee hours of morning, often driving to the ancient city of Lübeck.
At age 14 she aquired a guitar with money she earned from her first job in a kitchen of a senior citizen apartment complex. She found places and people to play music with, mostly folk, pop and rock, but continued to listen to live jazz music, discovering Pat Metheny, Al di Meola, Paco de Lucia together in concert, hoping some day to immerse in jazz.
Passionate about her own musical calling, she soon started performing in iconic harbour folk clubs around Hamburg ~ solo, duo and later with band.
After moving to Canada in 1983, Britta performed in and around Sault Ste Marie solo, later formed all female band 'Champagne Breakfast' with four other women and successfully played in Sault Ste Marie Northern Ontario and at Northern Lights Festival Sudbury, where she later also appeared with recording band 'Wailing Aztecs'.
In 2010 she met professional blues & jazz guitarist and producer Rusty McCarthy. Over the next decade she would perform with him as duo or in a band and started working with McCarthy on her first album in 2012. In 2013 her long awaited album MOONSTONE was released. At the 2015 NOMFA Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in Sudbury on her birthday May 30th, producer Rusty McCarthy accepted the 'Best Engineer Award' for his work on Moonstone.
Following the Moonstone release, Britta played at Northern Ontario Festivals and toured Southern Ontario solo in 2014.
Within her band she began singing some jazz infused tunes and welcomed the opportunity to attend a 2014 workshop with jazz vocalist legend Sheila Jordan in Toronto.
Enjoying her rendition of 'This Masquerade', Sheila encouraged Britta to attend Jazz In July week long vocalist workshop at the University Massachusetts in 2015.
Britta worked further on Jazz standards and her own compositions. In Januar 2018 she applied and was accepted for a scholarship for Jazz In July, once again mentored by Sheila Jordan.
In December 2018, after 3 years of hard work and lengthy unintended interruptions due to family emergencies in Hamburg, Britta Wolfert's Jazz infused album SOLITüDE was accomplished and released at last.
Another masterpiece by producer Rusty McCarthy.
~ Find below the complete album release concert video, filmed on February 14th, 2019, by Shaw TV Sault Ste Marie. I hope you enjoy!
" I am working from home today because my son is not feeling well. I put on your CD while I was working and I really enjoyed it!" A.J.B.
"I've been listening to your new CD and love it! Congratulations on another beautiful musical endeavour! You have a beautiful voice and style that I love to listen to! Hope to see you soon! Keep going with your next musical adventure - you have a real gift and sensitive heart which comes through your songs so beautifully. Love the range and clarity of your voice - this is another treasure!" C.McH.
"I also want to say that I played your newest CD for my friends who visited me in August from Toronto. They loved it! We played it on repeat every night. Truly, Britta, you have a beautiful jazzy voice. I'm getting copies for them." L.M.
"What a great CD!!!! thanks." K.B.
"Meinen Glueckwunsch zur CD, die sehr schoen geworden ist. Da hat sich die Muehe gelohnt!" M.G.
"Just previewed your new Solitude project and just wanted to say in one word - 'great!' Your voice and the vocals in general are hypnotizing and compelling. Musical balance and production are so much what I enjoy. Keep on making more. Really high quality." P.P.
"Deine Musik und die Texte finde ich sehr schön und angenehm zum Hören und Lesen. Die Musik lässig und beruhigend zum Hören, lässt sich nebenbei beim Arbeiten auch angenehm hören, auch begleitend,während einer Unterhaltung. Die Texte, menschlich, natürlich,aus dem Leben, authentisch, emotional, das Herz berührend,mit einem Tiefsinn. Sehr schön! Gefällt mir!" A.D.
"Very cool music Britta. The words are really heartfelt. I can identify. We are very much enjoying the CD this morning, well done!!! Melody, instrumentals, voice, all!!!" J.W. & S.B.
"Klasse liebe Britta!" B.K.
"I am listening to your CD while making Pollenation products this morning, btw... What a treat!! Your voice is so soothing to listen to. Jazz is really your thing! So very proud of you. Keep on sharing that beautiful voice and musical gifts with everyone. Xoxo" L.A.
"...but I must tell you how much I enjoy your music-voice of an angel. Listening to you in church a few weeks ago-what a treat. Britta add me to your email list for sure." G.W.
"Thanks for your mails, letting me know what's happening (referring to the monthly newsletter). You were wonderful at 'Northern Vibes Music Festival', I really enjoyed your concert!'" B.L.
"I hope you remember singing at our wedding August 2014. As our 2nd anniversary approaches your name often comes up for the wonderful performance you put on that day. We will always remember you fondly."
"This summer I have had the opportunity to listen often to your CD titled "Moonstone". I just wanted to tell you how much I love it, you have an incredible repertoire of styles on it, all of them great!"
I will be in SSM early October this year and if you have any performances scheduled there, I would make a point to come listen, and if you have more Moonstone CD's I would like to buy one for my sister.
Hope to see you in the Soo,"
"We are really enjoying your Cd - favourite so far is No.5 Leonarde!! What a tune!!I have been listeningover and over to it on my way to work." J.S.& A.H.
"Still enjoying Moonstone Album... Hope your new year 2016 goes very well... viele danke und auf weidersehen,Britta!" ~ E.G.
"Dear Britta: I was on a fairly long car trip today, and my joy was that Moonstone was my companion. I am not a good audient most of the time, but in the car I am at my very best. So, what do I think? You love the spirit of Achigan. You have folk roots and jazz wings. Your compassion allows you to draw detailed and poignant portraits. I have to smile at Cat Tango: that cat! those kids! and a tent a 40 below? No way! Hey Mabel was very moving. Tequila and Guitars was such a richly mysterious song I had it on repeat a few times. In Heute I wondered if the quality of your voice changed ever so slightly? The lost dream of In the End is a universal experience, no? and I can certainly appreciate the lyric “love is lacking in society. We've gone a little bit astray…” The lyric and musical textures were appealing in every song, the singing beautiful and the arrangements excellent. Thank you!"
"Vielen Dank für diese schöne CD. Läuft bei uns im Moment dauerhaft.
Liebe Grüße aus Hamburg Von den Kelbgs und schöne Ostern!"
~ Kelbg Restaurant Hamburg Volksdorf
.."Let me know if you ever produce a new album, I love your current album, play it over and over. It is really great music to paint by". ~ D.C.
"I received yr CD! Am listening while driving from and to work ~ over and again
such a fine production - yr musicians are really great! And so are YOU
love yr voice Britta ~ you must be very pleased" R. .
"I have finally gotten around to telling you how much I love your cd. The choice of songs stretches from heartbreak to raw sensuality. I love the maturity in your melodies. With a bit of German thrown in for fun. The production is flawless. Holy Rusty!!!! Your voice floats out front like velvet. And where did you find all of those incredible musicians. Nice to hear Jeff's banjo too. I put the cd on and have to replay it because I think I missed something. Then I play it again. Wonderful, just wonderful." M.H.
"I particularly liked the song that you wrote for him long ago - what's the title of it again?
And Harvey Taylor was right about your voice being "hallelujah" - I find it angelic, the voice of a very young angel..." C.Z.
"I am cooking lunch and listening to Britta Wolfert’s new CD, Moonstone.
Please do yourselves a favour and get this CD. It is beautiful, tender, amazing. It is life, the universe and everything." ~ P.L.
"I've had the pleasure of calling Britta my friend for the past three decades. From the first time I heard her sweet voice and natural harmonies I thought she should be a recording artist. 30 years later she has finally released her first CD entitled Moonstone. I knew it would be good, I didn't expect it to be "great"! A shout out goes to Rusty McCarthy who did a superb job on recording and production. I've been in the music business most of my adult life and Moonstone is as good as it gets. Congratulations Britta and Rusty on a job well done! Buy the CD."
"I've been listening to your CD as I've been catching up on some emails this morning...and am blown away by the high quality of music and talent you've expressed! So grateful to have met you! I look forward to hearing more from you! Mabel's song touches y heart every time I listen to it." T.B.