Ruby Turner

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


1958, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ruby Turner moved to Birmingham, England, in 1967. Initially it was her thespian talents which brought her to prominence, as she appeared in numerous plays and musicals before joining the Crescent Theatre. However, discouraged by the lack of opportunities in her chosen career, she elected to concentrate on her singing. A number of years were spent trying to attract attention in smoky pubs and clubs, until she eventually made the acquaintance of Boy George. After joining Culture Club on their world tour, she found work with UB40 and Bryan Ferry, with whom she toured and recorded. Maturing as a singer and songwriter, Turner recorded her debut single, ‘Every Soul’, for a small local label, before being offered a contract with Jive Records, for whom she made her debut in 1986 with Women Hold Up Half The Sky. Produced by Jonathan Butler, this included her four UK Top 60 singles, ‘If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)’,...

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