Today my guest is Ruby Turner. With a music career spanning more than 30 years, Ruby Turner’s song “It’s Gonna Be Alright’ broke through by hitting number 1 on the US R&B Chart in 1990. What’s amazing about this is that it is rare for a British-Jamaican R&B, Soul and Gospel singer-songwriter.
Ruby’s 20 albums and singles are best known in Europe and North America. She’s a session vocalist for Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger. She has written songs for Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest.
Ruby is also an actress and her acting career spans Theatre, Films, TV Soaps, Documentaries, even BBC Music Judge for televised Choir competitions.
Ruby awards include an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music.
This interview was recorded through Zoom due to COVID-19 lockdown still easing, so you might perceive a slight change of audio quality between the introduction and the show. But don’t worry because the content is stella! Let’s welcome Ruby Turner.
0:00 Show Introduction
2:39 About the status of celebrity
4:51 Managing your public image
7:00 Identity and authenticity
9:29 The insight of experience
11:29 Dealing with glamourous and the mundane of life
13:20 Ruby’s beginnings in music
19:56 Planning out everything or going with the flow?
23:07 The business side of music
26:49 A truly long-lasting music career
29:12 Going back to the roots in order to start again
31:11 Acting, singing and musical theatre
33:31 Be open to opportunities
36:48 Defining Ruby’s adventure