Ruby Francis

Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: R&B/Soul

Instrument/voice type: Producer

Location: London

Artist and producer Ruby Francis creates a definitive blend of sonics using a range of musical influences collected from 70’s soul/funk to 90’s r&b, and anything created by the iconic production duo The Neptunes.

Born to a Jamaican/British father and Italian/British mother, Ruby was raised in North London and took an early interest in music. Her father, a bass player who performed in numerous musical groups in the 80’s and 90’s introduced Ruby to some of her earliest influences, as well as her music loving mother. Artists Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Level 42, and Erykah Badu inspired Ruby to enrol in piano lessons at the tender age of 10, which would later become one of the key elements in the creation of her original music. Playing the piano naturally lead Ruby on to finding her voice. She regularly started singing, arranging harmonies and started experimenting with song writing around age 11.

Eventually moving into music production in her late teens, Ruby has established herself as a cutting edge producer in London gaining recognition around the world, specifically in Japan where she exclusively released her debut album in 2018 under Japanese Label - Sweet Soul. Her EPs ‘Night Time Therapy’ (2017) “To Be Fair” (2018), both gained support from BBC Radio’s Tom Robinson and Jamie Cullum and made it to number 2 in Jamz Supernova’s (BBC1xtra) “EP of the Week”.

BBC Introducing has heavily supported Ruby throughout her career so far, giving her a spot on the BBC intro stage at latitude festival in 2018 a few months after she supported the legendary Roy Ayers at a sold out show at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.
 
Sharing time between London, LA and Japan, Ruby continues to produce/write for other artist while gaining attention for her solo releases. "What's the Problem" featuring British R&B singer Kadeem Tyrell as well as her vocals is latest single produced by Francis. She is currently focused and working on her debut album due to be released in 2021.
 
Help Musicians has given me a clear vision for 2021. Having this opportunity means I can now focus on delivering my debut album; a body of work featuring London’s most talented up and coming artists. I have produced and written all of the songs on it too with a mixture of my voice on some tracks and features on my production. I have been waiting for the right time to release my project and am so glad that I have waited this far. It means I can now finish and release it with all of the tools and help I need. Also, I can't wait to share with you all of the amazing artists on my album; Laura Roy, Kadeem Tyrell and Blue Lab beats to name a few.
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