Kama Ruby
 
For Your Consideration: 60th Annual Grammy Awards
Kama Ruby Presents...
 
“Mind’s Eye,” the third release by vocalist Kama Ruby, transports the artist from her straight ahead jazz roots into the musical genres of classic rock, adult contemporary, electronic chill, and even country music. The latter should not be that surprising considering that she grew up in Bakersfield, CA, the birthplace of the Bakersfield Sound. The result is an intriguing and eclectic mix of signature takes on some popular and rarely heard tunes from the past. 


 
Kama's first album “Kama Ruby, Straight-up & Chilled” and her sophomore album, "Kama Ruby: Rock Dreams in Jazz" are both a mix of jazz standards, acid jazz, classic rock, and pop tunes. The recordings capture the live feel of her performances and her unique take on familiar works. Both albums have enjoyed international sales as well as considerable airplay on numerous jazz oriented radio stations. 

On this newest album, Kama casts a musical net that embraces a wide variety of musical styles. For the first time, she has even ventured into country music with her interpretation of “Faded Love,” a tune made famous by the legendary “King of Western Swing” Bob Wills (who happens to also be a distant cousin). 
 
Hints of her influence by jazz and country show through clearly in her version of The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm,” with its haunting sax and woodwind solos as well as the blending of lyrics from Stan Jones’ classic western song, “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Refusing to be pigeon-holed into any one genre, her chilled take on Moby’s “Mistake” - featuring long time David Bowie pianist, Mike Garson - as well as Zero 7’s “In the Waiting Line” are sure to become mainstays on electronic radio stations everywhere. Her love of past vocalists shows through as well with her versions of Joan Baez’ “Diamonds and Rust” and Janis Ian’s “Ride Me Like a Wave.” Finally, Kama’s take on the song “Treasure Island," written by Jane Getz and Jon Strider, is highlighted by the piano and vocal skills of the legendary Jane Getz, who also helped with the production of the album.

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For Your Consideration
60th Annual Grammy Awards
*Album Submitted
 Kama Ruby and The Rough Cuts – Minds Eye
1. Best New Artist
2. Best Pop Vocal Album
 *Songs submitted
 Kama Ruby and The Rough Cuts- Riders on The Storm/Ghost Riders in the Sky (From Minds Eye)
1. Record of The Year
2. Pop Solo Performance
3. Pop Duo/Group Performance
 Kama Ruby and The Rough Cuts-Treasure Island (From Minds Eye)
 1. Record of The Year
 2. Song of The Year


 
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Who Is Kama Ruby
 
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Kama’s focus in the last several years has been on performing as a jazz vocalist. Gifted with a beautiful, sexy, and sultry voice, she is well versed in the standard jazz vocal repertoire. Her performances of classics such as “Something Cool” or “One for My Baby” display her remarkable emotional as well as vocal range.

However, whether performing as a solo artist, backed by an accompanist, or with her band, Kama Ruby and the Rough Cuts, she also adheres to the notion that “Jazz isn’t just for the straight ahead folks!” by covering compositions that are hardly ever associated with jazz. She combines her love for jazz with her love for classic & alternative rock, and gives those tunes a completely different, jazzy flavor, while still maintaining the recognizable feel of the originals.

Kama’s first album “Kama Ruby, Straight-up & Chilled” and her sophomore album, “Kama Ruby: Rock Dreams in Jazz” are both a mix of jazz standards, acid jazz, classic rock, and pop tunes. The recordings capture the live feel of her performances and her unique take on familiar works. Both albums have enjoyed international sales as well as considerable airplay on numerous jazz oriented radio stations. Continuing a natural progression of how she interprets past classics, her upcoming third album will be best described as sitting in the “chill” genre. Entitled “Minds Eye,” was released in July 2017.
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Contributing Artists To Minds Eye
 
Writer
Producer Keyboards 
Back Up Vocals
Guitars
Master
Engineering
Guitars
Bass
Sequencer Samples
Saxophone 
Piccolo
Flute
Drums (Track 1)
Piano (Track 5)
Press & Discology
 
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BAND BURB REVIEW

It’s actually quite appropriate for that song to be delivered in a torch song style. In general, the style refers to one person holding a “torch” for another
 

INDIE MUSIC REVIEW

You might guess from her description as a jazz singer (along with the titles to the albums) that a lot of Ruby’s sound is truly rooted in jazz. That’s a safe bet, and 
 

GAS HOUSE RADIO REVIEW

There is a lot of real emotion built into the lyrics and her vocal delivery on this version helps to realize that. The music here seems to flirt with jazz, but it has more of a (read more...)
 

DA HIP HOP PLACE REVIEW

I find myself singing along every time I hear this song as its presented here. I guess that’s the true sign of a particularly catchy melody. Of course (read more...)
 

VENTS MAGAZINE REVIEW

If you don’t require a lot of rocking vibe to this, though, you will probably find plenty worthwhile here. It’s definitely well done. (read more...)
 
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Professional Reviews
 
Kama Ruby is one of the most talented artists I have worked with. She can do wonders with a song and has the ability to dazzle her audience in a live performance. Her voice is pure magic, AND she is a pleasure to work with! Her new CD is inspiring, a work of art and so intriguing you will listen again and again.

Jane Getz Producer, Pianist, Vocalist, and Songwriter 
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"Wow, Kama, thanks for covering “Ride Me Like A Wave”!! I love it when another artist does a totally different take on my work – just great."

Comments on Kama Rubys' Cover of "Ride Me Like a Wave." 

Janis Ian- Grammy Winning Singer, Musician, and Songwriter
Kama constantly challenges herself to improve her work and her life. She’s a great motivator and an inspiration to those around her. As a fellow artist, she’s authentic and disciplined. Always looking to refine her craft and work from a place of authenticity and courage. There’s always a creativity and drive in her work. I love and admire that about Kama.

Dana Martin 
Head of Movement: Art of Acting Studio Actor, Director, Producer
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"Kama's unique voice is a beautiful blend of sexiness and heart. She stirs emotions from deep within and is the perfect accompaniment for a glass of wine shared over a romantic meal."

Sarah Norris Artistic Director - 
Access Theater Founding Artistic Director - New Light Theater Project
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"Her folk/pop-infused jazz evokes emotional memories of artists from Stevie Nicks to Billie Holiday. Her album, "Mind's Eye," includes a captivating cover of Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust," as well as a version of Moby's "Mistake," with hypnotic vocals and sparkling piano licks. This album delivers."

Nate Bynum, Co-Head of Performance at UNLV.
Linda Lister, Director of Opera at UNLV. 
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Phone: 310/210-2775

Email: kamaruby@yahoo.com
 
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