Because her family often moved, growing up, Arum Rae attended “a different school every year and always ended up in choir or music programs.” The singer later attended the Berklee School of Music where she took up playing the guitar, while studying the vocal stylings of Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. And then, naturally, she began writing her own songs. Rae (above, doing “Heaven” for Jam in the Van at SXSW), who used to perform under the name White Dress, makes the kind of music that doesn’t focus on just one genre, instead employing bits of country, soul, blues and rock. Last year, the singer-songwriter released a pair of EPs, Waving Wild and Warranted Blues (stream them below), each showcasing her powerhouse voice. A native of Austin, Texas, but a resident of Brooklyn, Arum Rae plays Mercury Lounge tomorrow night with Pavement drummer Steve West as a special guest.