Singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu already has an impressive roster of cosigns -- now with Standing Still, her upcoming album of covers, she's seeking to make the music of artists including Bob Dylan and Kanye West her own.
Backstory: Born in Ghana, Amanfu grew up in Nashville, where, as a teen, she sang with the Nashville Symphony Chorus (she was the youngest-ever member at 15). Labels pursued her while she was at Berklee College of Music and then Belmont University. “I barely went to class,” she says. “I hate to admit that, but I was working.”
On the Map: Following two self-released LPs, she teamed with singer Sam Brooker as rootsy soul-pop duo Sam & Ruby. Soon after, Jack White enlisted her for a head-turning vocal on the duet “Love Interruption” in 2012. “It was unexpected and key in shaping me,” says Amanfu. Next came gigs with Norah Jones, Hozier and a 7-inch single with Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.