Ruby Greenberg is a Colorado native, now NYC-Based musical storyteller, who shares her deeply personal tales through a vision of poetically relatable lyrics & instrumentals that invites you to experience the world through her eyes one song at a time.
Not long ago, Ruby unveiled her latest musical composition in the form of the nostalgic single “Run Away” that shares her thoughts about missing her birthplace while establishing a new home in the bustling city.
Ruby has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest single, along with getting to know more about the artist herself. Check out what Ruby said below.
Hey Ruby, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Ruby: Hello! Thanks for the interview. I’m a singer and songwriter based in NYC. I play shows here in NY and on regional tours – usually I tour with my band but lately I’ve also been doing more solo shows. In the last year, I focused more on writing and recording, and I just released a new single, which is the first of my work to come out of that year in the studio. On a personal note, I’m obsessed with ice cream, dogs, and being outside.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Ruby: I’ve loved singing my entire life. When I was a kid, I performed in community shows as young as three years old, and started learning several instruments. I think I always knew that music had a special place with me. Singing is what I always did instinctively – doing chores at home, in the car on family road trips, and even in public. It was the most natural thing in the world to me and felt like a comfortable way to express joy and keep me company.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music industry?
Ruby: With that early love for music, my dedication to it built more and more over time. I started taking vocal coaching and instrument lessons more seriously, and in high school, I spent more time in music classes than in regular academic classrooms. The transition from there to playing shows and gigs and going on tour was a natural one. Since I always performed for fun, it just made sense that I would be playing shows for my whole life. I never really thought of it as knowing I belonged in the music industry – it was more that there was no possible alternative than to be playing music in some capacity forever.
How would you describe your music to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Ruby: My sound falls into the folk/singer-songwriter family, with some hints of jazzy folk like Joni Mitchell and Nora Jones, and more Americana at times like Brandi Carlile. I always write on piano and guitar, and often perform solo shows, so the sound is very intimate and acoustic.
You recently released the nostalgic new single “Run Away”. How did the idea for this song come together?
Ruby: One day I was sitting in a tiny rehearsal room that had only an old piano and a small window that faced another wall. I had just moved to New York City, so I was dealing with that transition and starting over. I started playing a melody on the piano, thinking of how the surrounding mountains where I grew up used to create a sense of direction, and eventually, the rest of the song came. After performing the song on the road for several years with various arrangements and instrumentations, finally after months of separation from the band, we recorded this final version of “Run Away” in Brooklyn during October of 2020.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Ruby: This song is like a memory – the piano melody sometimes reminds me of an earlier time of my life even though I wrote it as an adult. I think the nostalgia in the instrumental reflects the overall sentiment of missing time gone by and thinking of a simpler phase of life. As I think of everything that I’ve gone through since then, even as New York has become home, it’s still relatable as a personal refrain to remind me of how I’ve grown and changed. I recorded the piano part on an upright piano in the studio, which connected me back to that moment of writing it when I was feeling that nostalgia most strongly.
If listeners could take something away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Ruby: I hope listeners hear this track and feel like they know me. The song describes scenes where I grew up and the vibe is very natural, so I think it’s a great way to understand who I am as a person and an artist. The song’s arrangement has evolved over time – initially, it was a little jazzier because I wrote it when I was in school. I think it’s exciting that this version really represents my current writing and artistic style.
What are some of the things you enjoy outside of music?
Ruby: I love to spend time outside. During the past year, I would run by the river most days, and I love to hike and explore new places. These things also keep inspiring me to write and create.
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Ruby: I love this question! Emmylou Harris would be number one. She’s done such beautiful solo work and songwriting but has also collaborated on so many iconic projects. From a vocal duet perspective, she would be a master to learn from.
What song do you always keep on your playlist & why?
Ruby: “Songbird,” by Fleetwood Mac. I listen to the whole “Rumours” album all the time.
If you could travel back to any time period, which era would you travel to?
Ruby: I would love to visit New York in the ‘70s. Checking out the live music in Greenwich Village and hearing the early folksters and songwriters building their sounds would have been incredible.
What is one item you could not live without?
Ruby: I definitely couldn’t live without a journal. It helps me straighten my thoughts, but it’s also a huge help to my songwriting to spend time figuring out my feelings. The actual writing piece is key – iPhone voice memos just aren’t the same!
Who would you consider to be your biggest inspiration?
Ruby: Joni Mitchell is the artist that inspired me to write and continues to be my biggest inspiration. Before I listened to Joni’s records, I was mostly singing covers and arranging and performing other people’s work. Joni got the wheels turning for me, and I began to feel like writing was an art form I had to jump into.
What advice would you offer to someone looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Ruby: I would tell someone to remember what it is about music that they love. The writing, the performing, the community – whatever it is, remember that and come home to it when things get challenging. It’ll remind you why you found music in the first place, and it’ll also keep you going.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Ruby: Thank you for listening, and also thank you for supporting upcoming music. New artists are so eager to share our work, and this is a wonderful community to be part of.
You can check out “Run Away” on Spotify below or listen on Apple Music by clicking here.