FRESH: ‘Glow’ – RVBY

RVBY releases “Glow”.

by Christopher Smith

“My head’s in another world,” smiles Bristol-based singer, songwriter and perfectly packaged pop specialist Ruby Donadel, aka RVBY. Back in school they told her this approach to life was a bad thing, but as an artist it means RVBY couldn’t be better equipped, her songs frequently finding fresh, imaginative ways of looking at life. “Inspiration always starts with real life, whether it’s something that’s happened to me or something that’s happened to a friend,” she adds. “I’ll go out for a drink with someone and the next thing I know, I’ve come back with a million things to write about”.

RVBY has been carefully, quietly laying strong foundations since last year’s sparse and smart debut single “L.O.V.E”, through more recent releases like the Robyn-esque Honey Bee and grandiose slow burner “Hanging On”, and there’s an exceptional collection of new tunes waiting in the wings. RVBY’s extraordinary ear for a tune draws on modern influences like Maggie Rogers, Robyn and Sigrid, alongside classic trailblazers like Elton John, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna — artists who, like RVBY, always had a way of making real life sound extraordinary.

Her last single “Hanging On” (her first collaboration with in-demand producer Toby Scott – Little Mix, Gossip, Girls Aloud) propelled her further, finding its way onto a host of playlists on Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and VEVO and taste maker sites likes tmrw mag, Pop Justice and London In Stereo. RVBY’s new single “Glow” follows this trend and awaits a global audience.

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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!