Joining Chris in the latest episode of I Never Thought It Would Happen, the Help Musicians podcast, is the vocal legend Ruby Turner. Born in Jamaica before moving to Birmingham in the Seventies, Ruby was brought up surrounded by music.
In Chris' company, Ruby reveals that seeing the Jackson 5 live was a pivotal moment in her life, as was a live performance by Joan Armatrading; she also goes on to tell us an amazing story about how her father came to know Johnny Cash. Ruby began her musical odyssey working first with Culture Club, before she embarked on a solo career. Now 20 albums deep, she's worked with the likes of Bryan Ferry, UB40, Mick Jagger and has been a long time regular in Jools Holland's band.
The episode also features Dyskinetic, an artist who was supported by Help Musicians to receive mentoring and skills development support to further their career.
Ruby follows last week's guest Robbie Williams, who opened up about his career, his mental health struggles and the impact of his late manager David Enthoven, with future guests set to include, Tom Odell, Yungblud, and KT Tunstall.
By coming on these podcasts, and speaking honestly about their own challenges, the guests are lifting the curtain on what can be an incredibly difficult career. It comes at a time when live music is beginning to return, and while the charity adapts to support the musicians returning to work.
The series is hosted on Audioboom and produced by Gimme Sugar.