British Jamaican R&B and soul singer is one of the greatest vocalists we have. Having recently spent a lot of time collaborating with Jools Holland, but earlier this year released one of the year's finest albums - Love Was Here. With her latest single, A Better Way, faultlessly summing up the current global situation with a hopeful overview, we caught up with Ruby to find out more.
First and foremost, hello and how are you?
Right now I’m basking in his glory that’s sunshine and love. Holding on to the positive.
Tell us about the record you have just released…
This new single release was inspired by life and all that’s unjust and wrong in this world. Written over two years ago and alas! History is repeating itself.
The song represents my voice. Calling it out. No more find "a better way".
How do you feel when releasing a record?
Like any other artist I guess, it’s a personal thing. You give of yourself open to success or failure. You have to own it and just do it. What will be will be.
What inspired the record?
The inspiration for this record is injustice, frustration and a call for immediate change of the status quo - a time to change the narrative!
Tell us a little about your creative process...
I’m inspired daily by life and all that’s happening in the world. You can write a dozen love songs . But unhappiness in the world infects like a virus. So we try to find some joy from the smallest act of kindness. All these things can stir a songwriter to put pen to paper.
If the record were an animal, what animal would it be?
I guess my favourite would be a Labrador. Loving and never leaves your side. Leads the blind and has an appetite that rivals most humans. A dear creature.
Define your sound in five words…
Sometimes my sound feels like I’m transported back to the days of the ancestors a cry in the dark for "Mercy." Redemption!.. Release.. All and more of these nouns!