Name: Ruby Amanfu

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."

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