Posted on 18 February 2013.
For multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Ruth-Ann Brown (Ruth), making Reggae music was hardly a choice; it was something she could not run from. Their union has been as fluent as the successshe has experienced to-date. Since the release of her five-song EPentitled RUTH, Ruth-Ann Brown has received two awards, been featured on Fox Network, interviewed by several radio stations across the world and featured in and on the cover of several print media. Ruth has per- formed in and around Washington DC, sharing the stage with Reggae icons such as Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, I-Wayne and Ky- Mani Marley, just to name a few. Her performance at The Mansion at Strathmore in Maryland was historic. She was the first Reggae artiste to be invited to the prestigious venue. Ruth-Ann Brown has also sung the American National Anthem at a basketball game in Virginia – an experience she describes as “an honor”. Ruthwas born in the mid 80′s in Jamaica, where she was surrounded by the influences of dancehall veterans such as King Yellowman, Josie Wales and Jacob Miller.
Instead of going to sleep, as soon as my mother put me to bed as a young child, I would listen to the sound system playing across the street from my house until I fell asleep. Reggae was like a drug. I couldn’t get enough,” Ruth recalls. As an adolescent, she enjoyed singing in the church choir and writing poems to express her pent-up emotions. By the time she became a young adult, she began experimenting with writing songs to instru- mentals. In late 2005 Ruth-Ann Brown’s first song, ‘As It Is’, was re- leased on the Di-Mon Cut label. This marked her entry into the music business. From then, she has honed her art. In relation to her craft, Ruth states, “I can’t imagine music without emotions. When I make music, I want people to feel it as much as I do, so I try to connect with my emotions and release them into my work. When I touch the lives of others, only then will I be successful as an artiste.” Renowned music critic and writer, Stan Smith, describes Ruth’s music as being, full of “thought-provoking lyrics, which are emotionally enraptured and sometimes easy going [and they] make her songs easy to digest”.
Her music has also been described as soul-touching, passion- ate, intense, yet smooth, relaxing, tropical and warm. Roxroy Mclean, says of Ruth-Ann Brown in the Jamaican Sunday Gleaner, “What’s intriguing is that she approaches each topic with the same passion and zeal, which makes her stand out … ” Ruthcredits Dennis Brown, The Cranberries and Sade as her greatest musical influences. In 2007 Ruth-Ann Brown was introduced to Rhoan Bromfield, owner and CEO of Bran-Nu Entertainment (BNE) and from then a strong union was formed. “I have found something most artistes only dream of,” Ruthexplained with a smile, “Working with a label that gives me my creative freedom and gives me much needed guidance in a cut- throat industry is a fairy tale. Without them, I would be a headless chicken. Furthermore, they believe what I believe where making rich, cultural Reggae music is concerned – it is live music and we will not take the digital route.” BNE has been a strong driving force in exposing Reggae music to un- conventional markets, secure licensing deals for Ruthwith several air- lines including Air France, a Kenyan airline and an Austrian airline. Presently, Ruth and BNE are strategically building a catalogue of songs for her much-anticipated debut album.
The first release was a five-song EP, entitled RUTH, which is available on iTunes and Amazon. It consists of a smooth, yet intense flute-driven single, “Unfa- miliar Feelings”, which has received tremendous airplay worldwide. The accompanying music video sat at the top position on several music charts in Jamaica. There are also more traditional drum and bass driven singles such as “Chillin’ with My Baby” and “I LoveYou”, as well as the acoustic numbers “Here Come the Critics” and “Jam- down”. In a review of Ruth-Ann Brown’s EP, entertainment writer, Joseph Tortelli says, “Ruth-Ann Brown’s five-song EPexpands and en- riches preconceived notions about reggae artistes. The Jamaican singer- songwriter blends pop, soul, and acoustic stylings into her reggae- rooted compositions … Digging deeply into Reggae’s emo- tional power, these tracks unveil an expressive singer-songwriter with distinctive blue-beat pipes.” In May 2012, Ruth’s EPearned her two awards at the 15th Annual Washington DC Reggae Music Awards for Best Reggae Recording and Best Female Reggae Recording. Ruth also performed on the re- nowned FOX Network where she sang “Any Day Now” and “Unfa- miliar Feelings” to aprox one million viewers. Ruth-Ann Brown and BNE are convinced that she has a very bright future ahead. “With the help of BNE and with Ric Zheron as my greatest support, I am look- ing forward to a long-lasting, meaningful career,” says Ruth.