We were fortunate to talk ish with Cincinnati, Ohio’s very own…Justin Ruff!!! Justin is now a resident of Chicago and is striving to take his music to the next level. Justin Ruff was a finalist on ABC 7 Windy City Live “Search For A Star” Competition. Justin has been singing for quite some time now and definitely does not show any signs of slowing down. Lets get to know Justin Ruff…
3 Voices: For those out there who may not be familiar with Justin Ruff just yet, let the people know exactly who Justin Ruff is and what Justin Ruff does.
Justin Ruff: Justin Ruff is what R&B music is missing. Fusing my love for jazz music with my R&B/Soul background, I’ve began creating a sound all my own.
3 Voices: What inspired you to pursue a career as a singer? Who are some of your musical influences?
Justin Ruff: My mother sings as well, so I think that’s where it all began for me. High School is where I really honed in on my craft and decided this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I attended a performing arts high school in Cincinnati, OH and received a great foundation in jazz music. I was exposed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau, Louis Armstrong and many others who have become major musical influences for me. My all-time favorite vocalist is Maxwell. I listened to a lot of his music growing up and still do.
3 Voices: How would you describe your music? What makes you unique from a lot of other R & B Artists?
Justin Ruff: My music is definitely R&B. I’ve got so many influences though. Having the jazz influence over the R&B/Hip Hop records allows me to bring a different, unique sound to today’s R&B music. When people think of Justin Ruff, they automatically think of scat singing, which is awesome! So I think I definitely have something unique that sets me a part from other mainstream R&B artists.
3 Voices: You are a recent finalist on ABC Windy City Live “Search for a Star” Competition, congratulations by the way! What was that experience like for you? What did you learn from it?
Justin Ruff: It was an awesome experience! I wasn’t going to audition but a friend of mine encouraged me to go. She basically told me I was going! Lol. I didn’t expect to make it on the show because I am so different from today’s R&B artists. When they announced my name as a top 12 finalist out of 800 singers, I was shocked. One thing I took away from the competition is to just be myself. I’m an R&B kid, rocking a bowtie that scats and loves Hip Hop music. I embrace it
3 Voices: Your most recent release you debuted is an EP entitled “Introducing Justin Ruff.” Let the people know what they can expect from this specific project and why it’s a must listen to?
Justin Ruff: The title says it all. ‘‘Introducing Justin Ruff’’ is a 5 song introduction to who I am as an artist and a taste of what’s to come with my upcoming debut album. It’s a feel good project for the lovers.
3 Voices: What’s next for Justin Ruff? Are there any exclusives that you can share with us?
Justin Ruff: I’m currently working on my album. We’ve got some great production from a few different Chicago artists and we’re currently in the songwriting phases. I’m extremely excited about this album and I think people will really enjoy it. I’ve improved so much over these last 6 months as an artist and I can’t wait for people to hear the unique factor I’m bringing to R&B music. Get ready! Summer 2014 it goes DOWN!
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to Justin Ruff on social media sites, (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and etc.)?
Justin Ruff: My website is justinruffmusic.com. I try to make it pretty easy to find me. So Souldcloud, Twitter, facebook, Reverbnation and all that good stuff is @JustinRuffMusic.
And there you have it people! You heard it all from Justin Ruff himself! Make sure you check out his official website, http:justinruffmusic.com to keep up with everything that he has going on and coming up. Much success to you Justin and keep in touch.
Here’s Justin Ruff single “Take My Time”: