Ruth Collins has a musical lineage that runs deep into country - an autumn country full of the sweet smell of grapes ready for harvest, a winter country where a foot of white powder opens up a world of possibilities, a spring country of wildflowers and baby chickens, and a summer country full of bare feet on soft grass and fields of fresh hay.
It’s a country where she had her first piano recital when her feet couldn’t even touch the pedals. She had her beginnings, like many country artists, nestled in a small town church choir, ready with the national anthem at the drop of a hat, and plenty of talent shows, high school musicals and coffee house gigs to express that creative spark.
When asked how a girl from New York state could possibly sing country music, she laughs and says: "First of all, they play George Straight in the Wal-Mart where I’m from too and second, my high school mascot is the Hillbillies...doesn’t get much more country than that, does it? "
Ruth had big city dreams in a small country town - dreams that led her to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where she majored in songwriting. After Berklee, the promise of church music led to a year in San Antonio where she directed choirs and sang and wrote worship music. But soon, she felt the creative pull of the Mecca of country music and with hope in her heart she decided to make the move to Music City.
Early on, Ruth formed the duo Wild Honey, with another local songwriter, Victoria Gibson and was featured on Season 1 of CMT’s Can You Duet. In 2011, Ruth signed with Curb Records and Curb Publishing. Since then, Ruth has been busy writing songs and in the studio recording her first full-length record with producer Marshall Atman. Altman has produced acts of all genres, artists such as Amy Grant, Marc Broussard, Matt Nathanson, and Audrey Assad.
Ruth’s songs, stories and live show aesthetic draw upon her country heritage and pull you into a place where you can reflect on and celebrate the seasons, emotions and adventures of this wonderful life. In Ruth’s words: “I’m just an ordinary girl-next-door with an extraordinary dream. As I’m out there chasing mine, I hope you’re out there chasing yours!”
Created: March 8, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Last Modified: June 8, 2016, 12:38 a.m.