For many years Ruby Turner has been regarded as having one of the greatest voices the UK has ever produced.
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 and she is appearing at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, next month.
Born in Jamaica, Ruby moved to England when she was nine and her major break came in the mid-eighties, when she sang with Culture Club and was taken under the wings of British blues legend, the late Alexis Korner.
Her first album, “Women Hold Up Half The Sky” was released to critical acclaim in 1986. This period spawned the hits ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” and ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ and, in the American R’n’B chart, the number 1 hit single ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ – one of less than 10 British records to achieve this position. Later she released the hit album ‘The Motown Songbook’ on which she performed with some of the great stars of that era – The Four Tops, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin etc. From this album she also released the single ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’.
A very prolific songwriter, many of Ruby’s songs have been covered by artists such as Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest, while her vocal prowess has been employed to good effect by Brian Ferry, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood, and Jools Holland.
Described as truly the genuine article and blessed with a voice that has been likened to Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, Ruby continues to win the hearts and minds of an ever growing and diverse fan base.
The concert at The Apex on Friday, February 9, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £22, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website – www.theapex.co.uk for details.