Drawing: Ruby Turner

Autographed drawing of singer Ruby Turner

Described as both a ‘national and international treasure’, Jamaican-born British R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress Ruby Turner returned to the equally legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London’s Soho earlier this month for a sold-out run. In recognition of her 30 year career the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors presented her with its prestigious Gold Badge for her contribution to British music in 2009. Over the three decades she has released twenty albums, including her 2007 double album ‘Live At Ronnie Scott’s’. Apart from her music, Ruby is also a very accomplished actress, with an impressive list of stage and screen appearances, including A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, CARMEN JONES, SIMPLY HEAVENLY and FAME in theatre and films LOVE ACTUALLY, JEWEL OF THE NILE and HOTEL BABALYON.

Ruby signed a profile ink portrait I sent to her when she performed at the Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand way back in 1995, which I posted in December 2013. This is my updated 4B pencil sketch, which Ruby kindly signed for me at Ronnie Scott’s on 6 February.

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Drawing: Ruby Turner

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The Jamaican born R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress Ruby Turner left her Montego Bay home at the age of 9 and moved to England.

In February 1990 she achieved a rare feat for a British singer, reaching the number one spot on the US R&B charts with “It’s Gonna Be Alright”

Her most recent theatre appearance was the hugely successful run in London’s West End production of Simply Heavenly. The musical won several awards and was nominated for the Outstanding Musical at the 2005 Olivier Awards. She has also made numerous TV appearances, including the BBC drama Hotel Babylon in 2009.

I sent my sketch to Ruby at the Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand in March 1995, it was returned signed.