Get To Know: RuthAnne
We're getting to know the rising star in this weeks introducing interview...
This week we’re excited to introduce Irish singer-songwriter RuthAnne.
She’s already established as an incredible songwriter, having written for the likes of Britney Spears, One Direction, Niall Horan, Martin Garrix, JoJo and Westlife. Now it’s her turn in the limelight.
Having started young, getting into singing and songwriting at only 8 years old, RuthAnne's now found her a place for her own voice - she serves as the inbetween between the sunshine-y soul of the 70s and the more melancholic sound of 90s R&B. Her second single ‘Take My Place’ is out now, you can check out the video for the soulful track below.
You can get to know more about her in our introducing interview BELOW!
1) For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
“My name is RuthAnne, I’m from Ireland, born and raised in the capital Dublin. I grew up and went on to songwrite for some other artists for a few years, and now I’m starting to do my own music which is kind of a mix between soul, pop, hip-hop fused together, with a bit of RnB. Imagine if Lauryn Hill, Carole King and John Legend had a baby – that’s my vibe. With a bit of Jeff Buckley added too!”
2) Describe your sound in three words…
“Soulful, substance and timeless.”
3) Who inspired you to start a career in music?
“I grew up listening to people like James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Carole King. Then I discovered singers like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, then Destiny’s Child and all that RnB. I would say the Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor was a big moment for me because I was 15/16 and I remember I just learnt the whole thing on piano, and just realised this is what I want to do.”
4) Who are your biggest musical influences?
“Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Destiny’s Child, Jeff Buckley, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Brandy, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Carole King.. there’s a lot!”
5) Tell us about the writing and recording process for your new single/album…
“The album kind of started by accident, when I was songwriting for other people. I’d always thought about being an artist but I focused on songwriting at the outset. I was kinda of going through some really sh*t stuff in LA with men, I was not used to that type of dating that Hollywood guys do, so I got f**ked over a few times. Everything was just really tough in LA and I wasn’t really having the success I wanted as a songwriter either, so I actually came back to London and Ireland. I did a three-week trip where I just decided I was going to write whatever I wanted to write, and that’s when the album sort of came together by accident. All the songs have been written so fast because it was just like they were in me ready to come out. I went back to LA, played the new music to my publisher and he said I had the bones of an album here, you’ve found your sound and you’ve found yourself. As an artist I was like “yes!”.
The single was actually the last song I wrote for the album. The album kinda goes from heartbreak to hope to love. It’s funny that the first song I’m realising is “The Vow”, but it’s sort of where I’m at presently. I was going through all this heartbreak and then I’ve gone to loving myself again, and looking at people and relationships and appreciating the relationships that I have, and that there is really love all around even if it’s not the husband or the soulmate.”
6) What can we expect from your live shows?
“You can expect a lot of soul, real musicianship. It’s like an underground jam that you can cry at – that’s what I’d call it. Very intimate. And I’m Irish so I tell a lot of stories about what the songs were written about. Sometimes I feel like I wish I was a comedian!”
7) What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
“Performing with Niall on his ‘Flicker Tour’. I wrote five of Niall’s songs on his album including “Slow Hands”. One of them was called “Slow Hands” and it was a duet, I sang the demo and we wrote it a year ago. Obviously, he had no idea I was going to be an artist so he asked Maren Morris to sing it, which I loved, and the song's done so well. Then I was in Dublin and he said lets do it together so I went up on stage in front of like 20,000 people and everyone was singing it back to us and it was just an amazing career highlight for me.”
8) Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
“A lot of artists I work with I don’t usually get that starstruck about. I’d say Beyoncé and Jay-Z. I met them at a Roc Nation brunch a good few years ago, they were greeting everyone at the door and she was just like ‘hi’ and I was like “oh my god, hi, it’s Beyonce” - and Rihanna was there too so I was starstruck around those for sure.”
9) What’s on your iPod/playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
“Ooooh. Early Bon Jovi. I was a huge fan. And I’m not even ashamed of it. “You Give Love a Bad Name” is sick.”
Interested? You can see RuthAnne perform live soon! She’ll be supporting Alanis Morissette in Ireland (July 4th and 5th) as well as at London’s Hammersmith Apollo (July 7th and 13th).