Ruby Washington is inarguably one of the finest female singers to come out of the U.K. She has performed in venue’s all over the world, effortlessly delivering an eclectic range of styles, from the big ballads of Bassey and Houston, to effervescent dance-pop.
She includes in her repertoire swing, jazz, motown and contemporary soul, all of which she achieves with dexterity, style and absolute conviction.
The result is an across-the-board appeal that is matched by few artists of her era.
Like many of the original soul singers, Washington was trained in Gospel, before making the transition to secular music. She was born and spent her formative years in Coventry. By the age of 11 Washington had already made her mark in the Junior Gospel Choir at her local Pentecostal church, performing as a soloist.
As a teenager, she began singing secular music in Amateur productions at school, which led to the opportunity of joining her first band ‘Oakie’. They had considerable success on the cabaret circuit performing popular covers.
Having established, herself as a serious artist, Washington was selected to perform in the prestigious ‘Mystique’ show at the Horseshoe Bar in Blackpool, where she soon made a significant impact on audiences, agents and promoters alike. This led to her performing with top artists including Bob Monkhouse, Des O’Connor and Ben E King to name a few.
In 1992, Washington embarked upon a new venture of an all-girl-group, which resulted in the formation of ‘The Divas’ – a four member group who performed all over the U.K and abroad. They were an overnight success. With such support on board as Des O’Connor and Gary Bushell (The Sun) it was obvious that the formula was perfect. ‘The Divas’ journey was sadly cut short by the sudden and tragic death of two of the members in a motor accident, after their final show in July 1993.
Washington returned to working as a solo artist, and has continued with a flourishing career that has included TV Appearances, Recording, Theatre, Cabaret and Cruise Ships.
Ruby Washington is slick, stylish and impressive –the little lady with the big voice.
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From time to time I sing with a local band called Up4Grabs please follow this link to there website. http://www.u4g.co.uk/index.html