On Inauguration Day, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ruby Amanfu has released a powerful new song to voice her opinion on the state of affairs, and remind Americans that we need to be kind and continue to move forward as one. The song, “When They Go Low We Go High,” (co-written by Scot Stewart) is now available for streaming – PRESS HERE to listen. It’s a ground-shaking anthem that showcases the artist’s passion and strength alongside beautiful and powerful vocals. The track gives the listener hope in the middle of this mass uncertainty. We’re in this together – they go low, we go high.
Like a lot of our country right now, I have been completely affected by America’s current state. There are heated discussions and opinions flying left and right and no one is spared from the line of verbal fire. So many of us are hurting each other – sometimes intentionally and sometimes not.
I, too, have extremely strong convictions about what’s going on like so many of us do. I try to find ways to voice my opinions while still staying ‘above the noise’. This does not in any way mean staying silent when I’m affected by something. Quite the opposite. However, I believe that there’s more impact made when we think before we speak or act.
There’s a way to speak the truth with intelligence and grace, whether that’s with our friends, our families, our teammates or our opponents.
Back in July when Mrs. Michelle Obama spoke at the DNC, her words rang like a church bell inside of me and they’ve continued to resonate to this day. “When they go low – we go high.” I don’t know whom the originator of this phrase is (some say it was Audrey Hepburn but I can’t easily find record of it) but that’s not the point. The point is that Mrs. Obama utilized a platform to speak intelligently about a lot of highly challenging things. I felt coached in the best of ways after that and ever since then I’ve been putting those words to good use.
My friend and co-writer of “When They Go Low – We Go High”, Scot Stewart, sent me this beautiful body of music to write to and the words just tumbled out of me. I think they’d been in my head for quite some time and Scot’s ambitious tracks inspired me to be equally ambitious in stating my opinions, too.
On the Lemonade track, “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” Jack White’s guitar and raspy voice is readily recognizable, but check the credits to discover that the operatic oohs and aahs in the background weren’t Beyonce — they were talented Nashville singer Ruby Amanfu.
“Two years ago, Ruby Amanfu stole the show at Bob Fest with her stripped-down performance of Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet.” Amanfu once again became one of the stars of a Best Fest tribute when she performed a forceful, self-assured rendition of the On the Beach deep cut “For the Turnstiles” at Neil Fest. Amanfu reimagined the song, performed originally with only a banjo and a squeaky, voice-cracking vocal take from Young, as a soaring, gospel-infused R&B ballad.” – Jonathan Bernstein | Rolling Stone
Read all of Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Things We Saw At Neilfest” here
Watch Ruby’s performance of “For the Turnstiles” at Neil Fest at The Bowery Ballroom NYC September 14, 2015:
“The main attraction of Standing Still is Ruby’s stellar vocals. Even when singing slowly and softly like on the track “Street Lights,” her voice is delightfully powerful. Throughout the whole album her vocals are able to stand almost by themselves without much distraction from the backing instrumentals that really only serve as a highlight to Ruby’s singing. The natural rhythm that comes from Ruby’s soulful delivery is incredibly easy to listen to.” – Jon Jones | mxdwn
Read the full review of “Standing Still” on mxdwn.com