In addition to singing, Tutti Druyan has also performed voices for cartoon movies. In addition to singing, Tutti Druyan has also performed voices for cartoon movies. In addition to singing, Tutti Druyan has also performed voices for cartoon movies. (Photo: Hannah Cohen)

Meet the 24-year-old rising star who started her career by voicing cartoons

Tutti Druyan launched her career at 3 years old. Two decades later, she's just finding her voice.

She's been a performer since the age of 3, doing voiceovers for cartoons and singing in numerous musical productions in her home country of Israel. Now 24 and based in Boston, Tutti Druyan aims to make her mark as a solo artist.

“Music has always been my first love and my passion," she tells From The Grapevine. "I started singing before I was able to talk. I always had melodies in my head and stories that I wanted to tell through music,” says Druyan, the second-eldest child of musician parents who own a voiceover-recording studio. “Coming from a musical family made it so accessible my entire life that it created an even bigger love and appreciation for this art.”

She’s currently putting the finishing touches on “Possibilities,” her debut EP of original songs. “My musical style is a fusion of the music I listened to in my life. It is a combination of pop, soul and jazz,” she describes. “My songs are stories. It is very important to me as a writer for my songs to have a lyrical development as well as a musical one. They talk about love, sorrow, life and the world.”

Besides Israeli music, Druyan grew up listening to Elton John, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Ella Fitzgerald. “Today I love those same artists, but I would also add Ed Sheeran and Adele,” she says.

In addition to her music, “I am definitely still interested in both acting and voiceovers. It’s a big part of who I am since I started out so young. I will always have this passion in me,” she says, noting that it was her idea to start dubbing cartoons, and begged her parents until they let her try.

“I loved being a cartoon character. I loved acting and being a part of something I loved watching,” says Druyan, whose first job was playing Dorothy’s son in “The Oz Kids,” a sequel to “The Wizard of Oz.” She’d record after school, so the work never got in the way. "I do not feel like I missed out on a 'regular childhood.' I was able to do everything I could have ever wanted as a child, while living a huge dream. My parents always made sure I was a kid first.”

A young Tutti felt at home in the music studio and would record voiceovers for cartoons.A young Tutti felt at home in the music studio and would record voiceovers for cartoons. (Photo: Courtesy Druyan family)

"The studio was my home,” she says. When she was 12 the studio moved because her family relocated to Toronto in order to expand their business.

In 2010 came the move to Boston, and Druyan began studying at the Berklee College of Music. She and her family go back to Israel to visit relatives every few years. She misses the original studio, “the land, the smell of the air where I used to live in Jerusalem, the food,” she adds, describing how the environment encouraged her creativity.

Druyan’s own creative goals include expanding “Possibilities” into a full-length album and promote it with live performances. “I want to be active in the film industry as an actress and a songwriter. I would like to use my music to help those who are in need however I can, and hopefully make the world better,” she says. Her influence is already starting to show, as her 36,000 followers on Twitter can attest.

Reflecting on her life so far, “I am happy with everything that I've done in my career, including starting young,” she says. “I was always surrounded by my family who gave me freedom to express my art, and guided me when I needed it. I am not at all worried about transitioning from a child career to an adult one. Moving to the U.S. at age 19 really let me start fresh as an adult. I am proudest of always staying true to who I am.”

Druyan's muses include classic singers like Elton John and Celine Dion, but also modern-day songwriters like Ed Sheeran and Adele.Druyan's muses include classics like Celine Dion and modern-day songwriters like Adele. (Photo: Hannah Cohen)

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