Ru is a London-based, multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. Her original songs include a mix of intriguing funky rhythms, catchy pop melodies and jazz-influenced scat solos, with lyrics that deliver powerful, inspiring messages to both engage and inspire audiences.
A creative and industrious professional, Ru has performed over 1000 live shows since 2009 at music venues, radio shows and festivals throughout the world. For example, she has performed at Cargo and the Troubadour in London, Festival da Canção in Portugal, and the Liuna Downsview Park Festival in Toronto for crowds of over 70,000 music fans.
Since 2014, Ru has been recording in the studio and collaborating with various international artists including Cassell the Beatmaker (The Streets, Plan B, Ady Suleiman), Eric Appappoulay (Natasha Beddingfield), Danish producer Mark Stangerup, Finnish producer Awakem, London based grime rapper KD, and the South African artist Gui.
Her single “Summer Blaze”, released in 2015, received worldwide radio airplay including the BBC (UK), Adelaide Radio (Australia) and Seabreeze Radio (Florida). She also performed it live at the World Press Cartoon award ceremony in 2015. Her song “Emilia" was featured in the award-winning German Movie Stefan Zweig (Farewell to Europe). Another of her songs, "So Many Reasons", became the soundtrack for the TV series I love it, and reached Number 1 on the Reverb Nation Music Chart in 2013.
Ru’s other career highlights have included:
* Finalist at the Open Mic UK 2016 contest, winning a Charthouse Music Award.
* Composing songs for Finalists at the Portuguese Idol and X Factor contests.
* A request to perform at the Presidential Palace in Portugal.
* An invitation by the Portuguese Ambassador to perform at his London Residence for a high-profile international audience.
* Writing for various international artists and music movies.
* Performances at Sofar Sounds and various UK & European Music Festival shows.
"Holding on", released in October 2019, was the first single off Ru's debut EP which received an astonishing 60 000+ streams on Spotify in only 6 weeks as well as great reviews in the UK press. It topped the Susy Radio UK 20 best tracks of 2020 chart at number 1 and was track of the day on BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey.
"Clean Slate", Ru's second single released in February 2020, gathered an impressive 92 000+ streams on Spotify in the first 4 weeks and was BBC Sussex & Surrey’s track of the day in early January 2021. It was also track of the week on London’s Phoenix98fm and the EP’s songs are on the Smooth FM radio playlist.
"About Time", Ru's first solo EP, was released on 15th May 2020 and received positive critical acclaim. It's an introspective ode to hopeful new beginnings, reflecting a dense multicultural music background which takes us on a meaningful journey of fun, groove centred music.
The EP was produced by Cassell the Beatmaker and mixed by Roy Merchant and Naweed from Whitfield Mastering (who also worked on Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk & Jamiroquai's High Times). It reflects a synergy between her own unique musical perspective and her personal influences, such as Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, Snarky Puppy, Lianne La Havas and Seu Jorge.