Neo-soul infused single ‘Closer To You’ by Essex singer Ruti provides rich soulful soundscapes. Released on July 31st the track is the first off a 4-track EP set to release later on this year and 'Closer To You' stands as an impressive entrance into the project.
Ruti's latest single arrives two years after her successful debut single, 'Dreams' and one year after her 'Racing Cars' release which was an iTunes chart-topping debut EP in 2019. Ruti's newest instalment 'Closer To You' is produced by Wayne Wilkins who is most known for this work with Beyoncé and Leona Lewis. Ruti’s name sits comfortably amongst fellow female risers Celeste, Pip Millett, Arlo Parks and Mahalia.
Ruti grew up around music, being born and raised in Essex—her Dad is Nigerian, her mum from the UK, there was plenty of gospel and ABBA playing in the household. Her music has seen her go from a Sixth Form student to prime-time TV and the top of the charts in a flash. Ruti later went on to win the seventh series of The Voice UK after living legend Tom Jones described her voice as a “breath of fresh air”. After the release of the 'Racing Cars' EP, Ruti broke away from the management/label she’d inherited from The Voice. She took her independence and chose to build her own team in a more organic way, on her own terms. “I thought I would write only sad music. It’s easier to write sad songs. Music mainly makes me happy, so I didn’t really want to just write songs that would make me sad. I wanted to enjoy it,” Ruti says. “I’ve realised that my voice is the thing that ties it all together.”
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Speaking on the 'Closer To You', Ruti explains; “I had the guitar riff for closer to you saved as a voice note for literally months, I was just completely stuck for concept and lyrics. Then I brought it up in a session one day and everyone really vibed with it and we wrote to it so easily. It feels like Closer to you has been on it's own little journey but I love where it is now and can't wait to share”.