SOUL SINGER Ruby Turner will raise the roof in Holmfirth on Friday, April 28 as part of her latest tour.
The Guardian describes her as: “Soul, Gospel, and R&B: Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove”.
Ruby was born in Jamaica where her Grandfather sang the lead in one of the Island’s Gospel Groups, and she moved to England aged nine.
Her career has always had many unexpected twists and turns with major tours, theatre and TV appearances, and now touring with Jools Holland, the future continues to look positive.
Her major break came in the mid 1980s when she was asked to join ‘Culture Club’ at the height of their stardom.
Ruby very quickly learned how to deal with the routine of gruelling tour schedules, living
out of a suit case and performing to vast sell-out audiences.
An offer of a solo record deal closely followed and she soon signed to Jive Records, part of the Zomba Group, and released four albums and a “Best of” compilation album all released to critical acclaim.
This period went on to spawn the hits ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, ‘If You’re Ready’ (Come Go With Me) and in the American R’n’B chart, the Number 1 hit single ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’.
It was at this time that she also released her hit album ‘The Motown Songbook’ on which she performed with stars of that era, includinh The Four Tops, The Temptations and Jimmy Ruffin.
On 4 June 2012 Ruby performed ‘You Are So Beautiful’ with Jools Holland at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London.
In 2012, Ruby was a guest judge on BBC’s ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work with choirmaster Gareth Malone’ and in 2013 she was a guest judge on BBC’s ‘Songs of praise’ gospel choirs competition.
To date, Ruby has released 17 albums plus the BBC’s ‘Live From Glastonbury’, as well as appearing on releases by the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Mick Jagger.
Ruby Turner will perform at Holmfirth Picturedrome on Friday, April 28. Tickets cost £20 in advance and are available by calling the Box Office on 08444 780 898 or online: http://www.picturedrome.net
For further information on Ruby Turner, visit her website www.rubyturner.com or social media pages.