FRESH: ‘What Kind Of Woman?” – Ruthie

British singer Ruthie makes her first steps to stardom with her debut single “What Kind Of Woman?”!

by Christopher Smith

Ruthie – real name Naomi Baguley – has just released her debut track “What Kind Of Woman?”. Hailing from Leeds, the 23-year-old songwriter and musician demonstrates her potential with “What Kind Of Woman?”. The track combines Baguley’s effortless, goosebump-inducing vocals, piano hooks, girl group backing harmonies and a soaring psych tinged guitar solo.

“What Kind Of Woman?” feels like a cathartic journey for both songwriter and listener. “Asking the question “What Kind Of Woman?” gave me a way of thinking about who I could be after I lost an identity I had relied on for a long time”, says Baguley. “In a time of great upheaval, I wanted to find a new way of living that embraced solitude, and found strength in vulnerability”.

After a year of studying in Berlin and the breakdown of her relationship, Baguley returned to Leeds to link up with Ben Lewis, her creative partner and former bandmate of Bruising, to write and demo a collection of material dealing with the personal struggle of how one comes to terms with, and eventually overcomes, pain and loss. “What Kind Of Woman?” serves as an introduction to that journey.

Ruthie’s style blends effortless pop songs steeped in 70s nostalgia with Baguley’s unmistakable talent for articulating the most intimate and personal of thoughts. With music that is contemporary but imbued in tradition and storytelling, Ruthie’s cathartic journey will surely connect with the world over.


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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!