Ruby's on the road again
By David Wood
Where: Cheltenham Town Hall
When: Friday, January 25, 7.30pm
Regarded as having a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, Ruby Turner continues to win the hearts and minds of a diverse fan base.
Having recently toured with Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Ruby is back on the road again with her own band.
Ruby was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montego Bay. Her grandfather sang the lead in one of the island's gospel groups. Moving to England when she was nine, Ruby has lived here ever since.
Her career to date has always had many unexpected twists and turns with major tours, theatre and TV appearances, and the future continues to look positive.
On 4 June 2012 Ruby performed You Are So Beautiful with Jools Holland at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace.
In autumn 2012 Ruby was a guest judge on BBC's The Choir: Sing While You Work with choirmaster Gareth Malone and in 2013 Ruby was a guest judge on BBC's Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition.
Her major break had come 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 suitcase and performing to vast sell-out audiences.
An offer of a solo record deal closely followed and four albums and a "Best of" compilation album were all released to critical acclaim over the next few years making Ruby a household name
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 some of the truly great stars of that era - The Four Tops, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin etc.
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.
She is also one of the main singers in Jools Holland's R&B Orchestra, and features on many tracks on his albums.
For more information and ticket details, visit the Cheltenham Town Hall website.
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