Rumer Willis Puts Sultry Vocals on Display With Cover of Etta James

by Lynda Brendish 2:05 PM PDT, April 10, 2016
Playing Rumer Willis Puts Sultry Vocals on Display With Cover of Etta James

Rumer Willis is not just a Dancing With the Stars champion, she’s also a sultry singing sensation!

The 27-year-old actress earned rave reviews during her debut at New York's legendary Café Carlyle, the same cabaret club where Woody Allen regularly performs and Broadway stars host intimate showcases. Willis sang at the club during a limited engagement, from April 5 to 9.

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"Still have goosebumps thinking about @ruelarue performance last night," wrote Willis' stepmom, Emma Heming Willis, alongside a video of the actress singing "Sunday Kind of Love" by Etta James. "If you're in NY she's performing till Sunday -- it's a must! Not spoken as a step-mom but as fan of great music. It's the quintessential NY night. But seriously, isn't she amazing?!" 

Heming Willis was there to support her stepdaughter with her husband, Bruce. Mom, Demi Moore, was also in attendance.

Café Carlyle patrons raved about Willis' set, too, which featured songs from James, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and Fiona Apple.

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@ruelarue killing it last at The Carlyle Club ! ❤️ Tonight last 2 shows #cafecarlyle ❤️

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Willis even earned flattering praise from The New York Times -- and shared a highlight from the write-up on Instagram! "Nightclub singers generally fall into two types: those who study a song and figure out an interpretation, which they superimpose; and those who instinctively dive into the lyrics and live inside them, without overthinking," the reviewer wrote. "Ms. Willis belongs to the second group; in other words, she’s a natural."

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ET spoke with Willis a few days before her show, when she revealed what it means to perform at the Carlyle. "It is just one of those spots you hear about and I'm just so excited to be able to play there," she said of adding her name to the long list of legends who've come before her. "In a certain way, you're getting to have a conversation with the audience. I think that intimate settings like that, where people are really coming to listen to the music, is incredible. There aren't many spots like that anymore."

This of course is not her first time on stage in New York City. Willis also wowed audiences on Broadway last year, in her star turn as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago. Check out more in the video below.