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A voice to watch: Ruby Amanfu

A voice to watch: Ruby Amanfu
By Euronews

<p>You may not have heard her name before, but odds are you have heard her voice: Ruby Amanfu has a long history as a back-up and duet singer with acts like Hozier, Brittany Howard and Jack White.</p> <p>Now she’s stepping into the solo spotlight with a collection of cover songs, including tracks by Bob Dylan and Kayne West. The trick, she says, is to personalise them: </p> <p>“That’s the thing about doing covers. If you do a song by somebody who’s already made it famous, nobody can really hear your version without thinking of the other,” she explains. “I wanted this to feel like a discovery for the listener, even if they do know the artist, they may not know the song and I want them to feel a discovery listening to me for the first time.”</p> <p>‘Standing Still’ was recorded live in just five days in a remote log cabin in Tennessee. </p> <p>Amanfu says she’s excited to share this new side of herself with fans after learning so much from performing with others over the years: “I have been partners with so many people over the years, with Sam and Ruby and working with Jack White, and most recently touring with Hozier in the fall. And I love that because I love playing a supporting role.” </p> <p>Out now, Ruby Amanfu’s new solo LP, ‘Standing Still’, has received critical acclaim, with reviewers calling it <a href="http://music.mxdwn.com/2015/09/05/reviews/ruby-amanfu-standing-still/">an incredibly satisfying album</a>, which cements the singer-songwriter’s reputation <a href="http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/music/album-review-ruby-amanfu-gets-a-standing-ovation">as a first-class vocalist</a>.</p>