Ruby Turner, one of the UK’s finest Soul Singers, has just launched her long awaited new album “So Amazing”. One of the tracks was recently featured in the BBC Drama “Silent Witness”.
Ruby was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montego Bay. She was told that Grandfather Turner was a lead singer in a gospel group. Music in the blood was confirmed. She was relocated to Birmingham, England when she was 9. Ruby can breathe life and meaning into a song whether it is a passionate soaring ballad or a soulful up-tempo groove. Her career to date has been sensational with major Tours, Film, TV and theatre appearances. She visits The Brook on Friday 16 March 2012.
Madison Square Garden’s New York back in the 80’s with Culture Club
Do you think being a female soul singer from the UK (as opposed to the US) has hampered or helped her career?
Being a UK soul singer has been tough but never thought it hampered my career.
Do you think there is much promotion for soul in the UK?
There is such a variety of music to choose from that it’s tough for any genre. But UK soul has struggled over the years when it comes to promotion
Does the industry need to do more to promote itself?
If you can get through the door, then I’m sure the effort to promote would get a better response.
Do we need another show like Soul Train to stop the murderous RnB shite taking over the world?
If there was another Soul Train show, I’m sure in time it would be taken over and who knows what you’d see
Why do you think Soul singers are huge, huge superstars in the States,(as opposed to the UK)?
Soul music originated in the States so it makes sense that its’ more appreciated there has they have an innate understanding for the music
You’ve worked with a whole range of superstars from Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry to The Four Tops – but who has been the most fun to work with?
I have enjoyed the experience of working with all these artist. I regard it as a privilege.
You’re often out on tour with Jools Holland as part of his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, but what can we expect from your solo tour? Will you be inviting along any special guests?
My shows will be my shows. I have a four piece band raring to go. Jools has a mighty Big Band and that is very special. I can’t compete with that. But you still get me and I aim to get the job done !!!
Any memorable gigs from the South Coast (Southampton/Hampshire) over the years? (I saw you at Wickham last year with Jools – that was pretty special!)
There has been so many shows throughout the year. The summer ones are brilliant when the weather is kind. But the people make it special that’s what its all about – without the audience, we have no show…..
So, there you go. Ruby Turner plays The Brook in Southampton on Friday 16th March. Support comes from Charley Macaulay and there are still a few tickets left.