Get to know Ruva, a fierce, fresh, fun, feminine artist from Melbourne who’s currently starring in the Carole King musical ‘Beautiful’ in Sydney.
Clearly Ruva’s got many more strings to her bow, however. And you’ll get to discover some of them (including her new single ‘S.W.E.A.T’) for yourself in our latest feature.
01. Name : RUVA.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I have always loved music from a young age. During my time at the Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary School I was part of a jazz band and we used to play gigs all around Melbourne. After high school I went on to work professionally in musical theatre (in The Lion King).
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Powerhouse, feminine, honest, fun & energetic.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound is constantly developing and I cant really put it in one category. It has definitely evolved from a traditional jazz background to a more pop, R&B sound. I also have strong influences with Afro beats and Afro culture which is also coming through in my music.
06. Who have been your musical influences? Definitely Destiny’s Child from a young age! Mariah Carey, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Christina Aguilera and more recently Tiwa Savage and Rihanna.
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘On And On’, ‘Bills Bills Bills’… the list goes on.
08. What was the first album you ever bought? Pretty sure it was a Spice Girls album hahaha.
09. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I used to be a state level netball player in high school and would train five days a week. I seriously wanted to play professionally.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? A lawyer. My mum is one and she is so inspiring. Studying human rights law and social justice really gets me going. being able to make a difference!
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Keep going and don’t compare yourself to other artists.. And don’t read reviews hahaha.
12. Tell us about your latest release. My latest release ‘S.W.E.A.T’ is an upbeat, fun summer track. It’s got a strong dancehall Afro pop feel and is perfect for the summer months. I really wanted to write something uplifting, catchy and danceable and this was what I came up with.
13. What do your future plans involve? I am constantly working on new music and hoping it reaches people and touches them in some way. So you can definitely expect more content from me in the coming months! Maybe an EP!
14. Where can our audience catch you live? I’m currently performing everyday in Sydney with the Carol King musical ‘Beautiful’, which is playing at the Lyric Theatre!
WEBSITE : http://www.ruvamusic.com
FACEBOOK : http://www.facebook.com/ruvamusic
INSTAGRAM : http://www.instagram.com/ruva_songbird
TWITTER : http://www.twitter.com/ruva_songbird
SOUNDCLOUD : http://www.soundcloud.com/ruva_songbird
YOUTUBE : http://www.youtube.com/rivmusic1