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Ruby Turner ~ R&B Singer / Biography


Ruby Turner (born 22 June 1958) is a Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. she moved at the age of nine with her family to Handsworth, Birmingham, England. She is best known for her albums and single releases on both sides of the Atlantic, and has sung backing vocals for others such as Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger, as well as writing songs that have been covered by many artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest. She achieved the rare feat, for a British singer, of reaching no. 1 on the US R&B chart, with “It’s Gonna Be Alright” in February 1990.

Between 1986 and 1995, eight of her singles appeared in the UK Singles Chart with “I’d Rather Go Blind” being the most successful reaching no. 24 in 1987. Turner performed at the Birmingham Heart Beat 86 concert,which featured George Harrison; and also sang on BBC Television’s Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, from 2007 to 2014 inclusive. She has also appeared as an actress on stage, film and television.

In the early 1980s Turner worked with Alexis Korner. In 1983, she recorded with UB40. She achieved a solo recording contract with Jive Records after singing backing vocals on Culture Club’s From Luxury to Heartache.

Turner achieved a no. 1 R&B chart success in the US in February 1990 with “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, becoming one of the few British artists to top that chart.

Turner sang backing vocals on Mick Jagger’s 2001 album, Goddess in the Doorway, and performed “Nobody But You” on the 2002 album Jools Holland’s Big Band Rhythm & Blues.

On 4 June 2012, Turner was one of the performers at the Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London, when she joined Jools Holland on stage. In the same year, Turner, along with Ralph Allwood and Manvinder Rattan was a judge on the BBC Two series, The Choir: Sing While You Work.

In 2013, Turner was a guest judge on the BBC Songs of Praise gospel choir competition.

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