Interview: Ruby Amanfu
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:16:57
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Soulful singer/songwriter discusses her new album and inspirations.
You've most likely seen or heard Ruby Amanfu performing with Jack White. However, this Nashville-based songstress has got quite the incredible body of solo work too. Her latest album Standing Still nods to classic southern soul with a hint of rock 'n' roll bombast. It's delightful from top-to-bottom and rich in every way. We spoke to Ruby in this exclusive interview about the album and so much more.
When do you feel like the vision for Standing Still was complete? It's one of the most full and rich albums I've heard in a long time, lyrically and musically.
That means the world to me to know that; thank you. Going through as many songs as we did to choose the select few for this album could have been a stressful task...but I tried to keep a "Yes" pile and a "No" pile. There were very few "Maybes" because I knew that would only make my head spin to go back and forth through hundreds of songs hundreds of times. Mostly, it was about gut instinct. A couple of maybes made it on the album—I'm not going to tell you which those were!—and they're still maybes, but I believe that because I sang them from a genuine place, they work for me. So when there was a collection of about 15 or 16 songs that spoke to me, the search was over. I'm so happy to hear that you hear the depth and breadth of the project. That's definitely the hopeful end goal.
Watch the music video for "Shadow on the Wall" from Ruby Amanfu:
"I Tried" is a personal favorite! Where did that come from? What does it mean to you?
Thank you so much! I was in my kitchen cooking one day, thinking about a fella I was seeing, and about how I had often missed the mark on doing the right thing in the relationship. I can be awfully hard on myself when I mess up. I have a nasty guilt complex. So I was just thinking about those things and I went from sad to mad to content within about 20 minutes and realized that nobody is perfect, and the thing that sets a good partner apart from a bad partner is Effort! I spent the next 20 minutes writing "I Tried". It's become a go-to mantra for me. I hope it will be for many others as well.