Ruby Turner is a national and international treasure, having already been awarded with the prestigious Gold Badge Award, for her contribution to British music. Anyone who saw her tear the roof off Ronnie Scott’s, and her other headline gigs this year, knows just how special she really is. Jools Holland and his legions of fans know it: he has Ruby as his star vocalist in his widely-loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Radio listeners know it, loving her lead vocals on Jools’ ‘The Informer’ and making it a 2008 airplay hit and her cover of “This Train” which shot straight onto Radio 2’s playlist in 2009. So do admirers of breakthrough blues troubadour Seasick Steve, after Ruby’s shining appearance on ‘Happy Man,’ from his gold-certified ‘I Started Out With Nothin’ and I Still Got Most Of It Left.’
The lady herself is too modest to brag about her decades of experience on all kinds of stages and screens, seven hit singles including a definitive version of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ three chart albums or her prestigious US R&B No.1, ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright.’ Her most reason album was “I’m Travelling On”, Ruby’s interpretations of Gospel classics, released in 2009.