I recently got the chance to experience the amazing voice and endearing personality of Ruby Amanfu at The High Watt in Nashville.The first time I heard she was half of the duo Sam & Ruby, singing songs my friends and I loved instantly. She had a great voice then, and guess what, now is no different. The proof is in her brand new solo album, Standing Still. But let me warn you, you’ll end up either dancing, crying, or just completely jealous that you can’t sing like her. Additionally, you’ll also be smiling.
There are 10 songs on the album, and she performed them for a packed audience Saturday night. They were all met with applause, but it was Not Dark Yet that yielded an extended and noisy approval. She has a real talent for telling the story behind the songs, and the story for Not Dark Yet is a good one.
I think the moment I’ll remember most, though, is the story she told about her song, I Tried. She talked about her family, her boyfriend, who were all at the show. But in a brief moment of silence between thoughts, her sister offered up an “I love you,” and it was sweet. Then Ruby went on to sing the song, every once in a while glancing over with a smile to her sister. Somebody recorded that particular song, so you’re lucky enough to see it here:
Good show, Ruby!
-Out of the Wilderness