After a five year break, the ever-lovely RUBY TURNER has just released her latest album, 'All That I Am' (see our review archive). In a very busy schedule Ruby found the time to speak with soulandjazzandfunk about the LP, and after being in the business for over 35 years we began by asking her what if felt like to be perceived as "the elder stateswoman of UK soul".... indeed one eminent soul commentator described her as "a National Treasure"....
To be called "Natural Treasure and Elder Stateswoman" is flattery indeed... And it makes me smile. Of course it's subjective and could have been worse! I'm of course grateful and accept this acknowledgement humbly, as it can only mean, I'm still visible after 30 years or more in this business
Over 30 odd years, you've done an awful lot ...Do you still see yourself primarily as a soul singer? The new album has all kinds of flavours and the title indicates there's a lot to you that we may not know about......
I just see myself as a singer of songs really.
What about that title then ...'All That I Am'?
This album, I would liken to a tapestry. The songs are like threads, made up of the colours of the rainbow as they blend one into another.... different as the moods change but yet the same human stories told in song. We all are made up of many parts. And each part has its role, culminating in one thing, heartfelt honest and true that's what I meant the music to be.
I know you're always really busy – but why five years between album releases?
It's not been easy trying to tour, write and record. So I had to pick my moment. And it was never ever the right time. So I wrote for 3 years whilst touring. And then when there was a reasonable gap to record, I booked studio, musicians and went in. Of course best laid plans and all that. What I estimated to be approximately 3 months recording turned into 10 to complete . So it became a frantic gallop to the finishing line. But you know the old saying." Timing is everything." All I can say is Amen to that.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 19:22