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Friday, August 29, 2008

Ruby Amanfu - Smoke & Honey (2003)

Here we have an artist who, like so many other lost pop stars, was a victim of record label turmoil and interference. Ruby Amanfu grew up in Tennessee writing music and at 19 released her debut album, So Now The Whole World Knows, on an indie label. Ruby was compared to artists like Tracy Chapman and Jewel due to her thoughtful lyrics and folk sound. Thanks to great local reviews and the support of superstar Dave Matthews, she was snatched up by Polydor - but in the UK. It's actually not that surprising, as Ruby comes off as a cross between two once popular British singers, Gabrielle and Samantha Mumba. She was teamed up with a slew of popular Nordic producers, a couple who worked on other albums featured here like Stella Soliel's and Juliette's, and some who worked with Britney, Dannii, Geri, Lene and Sophie. The resulting album contained very soulful pop laced with rock. The first single "Sugah" became a huge hit in the UK and Europe. The second single, "Chocolate Pie", did not. But by this point Ruby was back in the US, tired of label pressure and strife. She asked to be dropped, and the album never made it over the pond. She then pursued an independent path, writing songs for others (one was even nominated for a Grammy) and recently hooked up with Sam Brooker for the duo Sam & Ruby. She has went back to her folkier roots, and the duo are set to release an album this fall.

Video for Sugah

Download Smoke And Honey
 
1
Sugah
2
Chocolate Pie
3
Just Until
4
Know You Better
5
Different Is Good
6
Work It Out
7
For Life
8
I Will Pray
9
Morning
10
Whether You Fall
11
You Can't Use Me
12
Bless You
13
Ying To The Yang

1 comment:

  1. Hi, really glad to find this site. I have a question that has been troubling me for years. I've been trying hard to find the original version of two songs covered by my favorite Hong Kong singer Christopher Wong. The first song was composed by Angel Pena and retitled as "Dangerous Love" in his 1988 album "Misty". The second song was composed by David Cole and retitled as "impulse" in his 1990 album "Somewhere My Love." Below are the samples of the covered songs:

    http://www.imeem.com/people/8Q4rGJ/music/9zX-WLlP/christopher_wong_dangerous_love

    http://www.imeem.com/people/8Q4rGJ/music/IdxwWBkq/christopher_wong_impulse/

    I was wondering if you could help me find out the two original songs. I'd really appreciate your help. Look forward to hearing from you. My email is lianggugu@hotmail.com, or you can leave me a message on my blog. Thanks!

    Cheers!

    Leon

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