Ruby Amanfu Biography
After attending Berklee College of Music, the Ghanaian born and Nashville-raised Amanfu moved to the U.K., settling in London. She released her debut solo album Smoke & Honey (Polydor/Murlyn/Interscope) in 2003, which produced the chart-topping single “Sugah.”
After an extended period overseas, Ruby returned home to Nashville and focused her attention on songwriting. Her songs have been cut by a variety of acts both in America and Europe including Kelly Clarkson, Lene Nystrom, Sanne Salomonsen, Rachael Lampa, and The Duhks.
In 2007, Amanfu earned her first Grammy nomination for “Heaven’s My Home,” (performed by the Canadian band, The Duhks), which she co-wrote with Katie Herzig. The following year, Sam & Ruby’s own recording of the song was also featured in a pivotal scene in the much-anticipated film adaptation of the New York Times’ best-seller, “The Secret Life of Bees.”
As a performer, Ruby has worked with such artists as Wanda Jackson, Patti Labelle, Jack White, Dan Wilson, Tommy Sims, Charlie Peacock, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Chris Thile, Katie Herzig and Seasick Steve. She has toured the U.S. both as a solo artist and with Sam & Ruby and has performed at historic venues including Radio City Music Hall (New York), the Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles), Alexandra Palace (London); at music festivals: Austin City Limits, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Fuji Rock Festival, Essence Music Festival; and on television: the 2013 Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Jools Holland, The David Letterman Show, the Sing Off, and Conan, among others.
Five record deals and two publishing deals later, Ruby is enjoying creative freedom as she prepares for the release of her next solo album. She is ever inspired and grateful for the abundant opportunities she has been given to continue to create and inspire through music.
In her down time, Ruby is an aspiring chef.