Ruth B. the 25-year-old Canadian-Ethiopian singer and songwriter who’s captivated millions since her 2015 global hit “Lost Boy” — releases a new version of her single “If I Have A Son” featuring the Harlem Gospel Travelers today, in celebration of Black History Month. “If I Have A Son” reflects on the dangers Black children are subjected to because of their identity.
“No matter what you say, no matter what you do, this world will never be as friendly to you,” sings Ruth, a heartbreaking truth delivered with a chilling beauty.
Listen to “If I Have A Son” featuring the Harlem Gospel Travelers HERE
A young artist in tune with the current social changes that are reframing life and art, Ruth wrote and released the poignant and thought-provoking, “If I Have A Son”, in June 2020 as a contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement, collaborating with critically acclaimed photographer Flo Ngala for the powerful imagery in the video. Says Ruth of the track, “‘If I Have a Son’ is an honest reflection of how I have been feeling. The murder of George Floyd has served as a wake-up call for a lot of people, but for Black people everywhere, this has always been a reality.” “If I Have A Son” featuring the Harlem Gospel Travelers premiered on CBC’s q with Tom Power HERE.
Ruth B.’s brutally honest perspective and poetic countenance continue to turn heads, as she’s garnered over 1.5 billion artist streams. She made a huge splash with her debut EP The Intro, winning the JUNO award for “Breakthrough Artist” in 2017 and amassing several nominations including “Fan Choice” and “Songwriter of the Year” for “Lost Boy”, “Superficial Love” and “2 Poor Kids”. She was also nominated in 3 major JUNO Award categories in 2018: “Artist of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Pop Album of the Year” for Safe Haven which is certified GOLD in Canada and the U.S. Her debut single “Lost Boy” is also now certified an incredible 6x Platinum in Canada and 4x Platinum in the U.S.
Ruth’s 2019 single, “Slow Fade,” is still making radio-airplay moves and impacting HOT AC Radio in North America. The song has garnered over 48-million streams, over 280k weekly streams, and is steadily making its way up the chart.
Ruth was notably hand-picked to perform “Heart of Gold” for Neil Young at his induction to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and performed “Home” at Michael Buble’s reception of the Canadian Governor General Awards and Gala. More recently, last December, Ruth B. partnered with the Recording Academy for a live stream performance to help raise money for Musicares Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. She performed a mix of her old music – including “Lost Boy” – and some of her newer songs like “Dirty Nikes” and “Slow Fade.” Check out the live-stream that helped raise over $157K: https://youtu.be/h-ptwwQRAao
Ruth B. is confirmed to appear and perform on The Kelly Clarkson Show.