At the age of 3, Ruth became familiar with gospel songs and harmonies whilst attending rehearsals at her church, The Peoples Christian Fellowship. As the years rolled on Ruth developed her singing as a member of her church youth choir and also her school choir. Ruth’s appreciation of music deepened as she had opportunities to work and learn from leading gospel influences and distinguished gospel soloists.
Now in her teens Ruth auditioned and was accepted into professional gospel choir 'Visual Ministry'. Being trained by leading choir directors her passion for choir directing & training grew. Keen to teach what she had learnt she took every opportunity to teach school choirs, her church choir and soon doors to Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Norway and even the USA opened.
Between the years of 2003-2006 Ruth collated the knowledge she had acquired of warming up the voice and published her first warm up book and CD which has been sold in the various countries she has the privilege of touring. 'The Daily Vocal Workout' is her first venture of this kind.
Choirs from Europe often call on Ruth to hold teaching sessions or workshops with them and book choir visits to London. 2014 is the second workshop open to the public organized by Ruth where singers from various parts of Europe are taught gospel songs with a concert at the end. www.lovegospel.eventbrite.com
One of the highlights during her years in music was to be the director for the first BBC Gospel Proms (2013) held at the Royal Albert Hall where some of the leading gospel choirs in the UK shared the journey of gospel music through song with a 150 voice mass choir.
In April 2014 Ruth was invited to sing at 'Color's Of Mercy' Concert which was held in Kraków, Poland. A concert where the greatest Polish musical artists and invited international guests gathered to celebrate the life and canonization of Pope John Paul II. An amazing, unique and uplifting event.
Ruth is employed in Flekkefjord Methodist Church and also a freelance tutor and has devoted her years to teaching and building artists, also singing on albums for artists such as
V9 Collective's "World To Me"
Emmanuel Waldron's "All Seasons"
England’s Gospel Selection
Power Praise “The King Is Coming”
Muyiwa and Riversongs "Declaring His Power"
Visual Ministries “Visually Speaking”
The People’s Christian fellowship “Praise Comes First”
Kingsway Music’s recording artists Matt Redman, Stuart Townsend & Tim Hughes
Numerous live recordings in Poland & Denmark including recordings with Denmarks leading gospel choir Kefas
Some of Ruth's achievements include:
Guest Gospel Vocal instructor for tv personality Gareth Malone's Sing While you Work (2013)
Choir Director for the first Gospel BBC Proms (2013)
Winning GMA Award and MOBO nominated group V9 Collective, a contemporary funk/soul band
Receiving Oasis Award for best choir The People's Christian Fellowship Choir
A televised production of Handel’s Messiah with opportunity to sing backing vocals for Chaka Khan. The production also involved artists such as Gladys Knight, Ayden Quinn.
Part of the choir for the Queens Jubilee
Teaching in various countries.
Ruth’s passion for people, her love of sharing gospel music and seeing the joy it brings to those that sing continues to grow. As long as there are people who want the challenge Ruth will continue to share her heart and experience.