Currently riding the wave of international songwriting success with recent cuts by Professor Green, Avicii and Westlife, RuthAnne Cunningham takes time out from writing and recording her debut album to make a flying visit back to Ireland. Catch a sneak preview of tracks from this album when RuthAnne pops into IMRO for a public interview and live performance later this week.
Date: Friday 13th July
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
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Based between London and LA, Irish-born artist RuthAnne draws on the distinctive energy of those cities to create a dynamic, soulful blend of pop with a rich vocal like no other. The unstoppable singer/songwriter has an impressive line-up of tunes behind her, created for pop-artists including Jojo’s hit single with Billy Steinberg, “Too Little too late,” which skyrocketed from number 66 to number 3 on the Billboard hot 100 chart in just one week in the US in 2007, breaking previous chart records – the biggest leap in Billboard chart history. The platinum smash went on to sell over a million units. And that’s just the jumping off point.
RuthAnne has written songs for chart-topping artists including Katharine McPhee, winner of Finnish pop idol Anna Abreu and winner of South African idol Jody Williams and Australian band Shakaya – and the list goes on. In 2007, RuthAnne had songs on three platinum albums in the US and Europe, and officially became Ireland’s youngest songwriter ever to achieve these honors (she won the Best Pop song Award at the 2007 ASCAP Awards). More stellar cuts and singles written by RuthAnne, including album title track “Turn it up”, album track “My Love”, and hit single “Broken Arrow”, recorded by British platinum-selling popstar Pixie Lott, followed. She then collaborated with Grammy winning producer John Shanks to co-write with Westlife for their recent ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
While she may have been burning brightly behind the scenes, RuthAnne was never content being just a music-industry insider – and now her journey is taking a major turn, into the spotlight.
RuthAnne’s time to shine as a solo artist is now, her undeniable vocal talent, her wildly rich soulful tone is soon to be heard around the world. After honing her skills over the past five years writing for, and collaborating with, many of the UK’s hottest stars and producers, (Leona Lewis, Sugarbabes, Labrinth, Ben Hudson, Ed Drewett, Devlin, X-Factor winning artist Alexander Burke, Cher Lloyd, JLS, Loick Essien, Tinchy Stryder, Professor Green, Westlife, among them), and having worked extensively with many internationally renowned producers (Ron Fair, John Shanks, Julian Bunetta, Jeff Bashker, Red One, Toby Gad, JR Rotem to name a few), RuthAnne is now in Los Angeles putting all of that experience and creativity into writing her own album of infectiously catchy soulful-pop.
Her first artist feature is with Brit rap star Professor Green, on the hook she penned for current single, ‘Remedy’ (June release in UK & across Europe).
She wrote and is featuring on DJ superstar Avicii’s upcoming single “All You Need Is Love” which is set to be a worldwide Summer anthem.
A handful of other exciting features and collaborations in the pipeline whilst working on her debut record.
RuthAnne’s unprecedented foundations in the industry along with her songwriting pedigree and irrepressible ambition, talent and unique vision have marked her a rising star to watch.