- 04 Oct 19
Today the famed songwriter makes her official foray into singing with the release of her debut album, Matters of the Heart.
Today, award-winning songwriter and singer RuthAnne shares her debut album Matters Of The Heart. Earlier this year, 'The Vow', off the album hurtled RuthAnne to her Irish Homegrown Chart debut after gaining fame on the season finale of Love Island.
RuthAnne also released the live session of new song ‘Take What I Can Get’. Filmed and recorded with a full band and strings at the renowned Church Studios (Paul Epworth) in North London, the session was musically directed by Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula, Adele, Rag’n’Bone Man, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter).
Along with ‘Take What I Can Get’ and 'The Vow', the album includes other successful singles ‘Take My Place’, ‘Liquid’, ‘It Is What It Is’, ‘Love Again’, ‘Superman’ and ‘Unrequited’, plus seven more new tracks. On release, ‘Love Again’ featured in 13 ‘New Music Friday’ Spotify playlists globally including UK and US. RuthAnne’s material has now amassed over fourteen million streams so far.
The album illustrates her evolution from her sheltered upbringing in Ireland to her upending experiences moving to LA in her early 20s to pursue a career in songwriting. A strong, independent woman in both her personal and professional life, RuthAnne is finally stepping from being the writer behind the hits to an all-encompassing recording artist with an effortless, powerhouse vocalist.
“I wrote a lot of my album Matters Of The Heart after living in LA for five years and returning to home," she explains. "The album is in three sections and it follows the timeline exactly of when each of the songs were written. It’s the journey through my 20s... first is ‘HEARTBREAK’, to ‘HOPE’, then to ‘LOVE’. Becoming a woman, learning the lessons from bad toxic ‘feckboy Hollywood’ relationships I got into in LA. It’s a growing-up album and anyone who knows me as a person knows I deal with matters of the heart in every encounter.”
Matters Of The Heart blends classic, authentic songwriting with the pop and '90s R&B artists that inspire her, with production by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Tom Grennan, Stormzy), Malay (Lorde, Frank Ocean, ZAYN), Future Cut (Little Mix, Shakira), Noah Breakfast (Ty Dolla $ign, Christine And The Queens) and Sonny J Mason (Kimbra).
“I’m a deep person who secretly wants to be a therapist and is fascinated with human nature in relationship," admits RuthAnne. "Why we treat each other the way we do; why we hurt the ones we love sometimes; why we stay with the wrong person; why we are afraid to let go; why are we never satisfied and why we find it so hard to love ourselves. Throughout my album you see a growth from brokenness to strength, from naivety to wisdom from complicated to clarity all through the nostalgia of classic soul, R&B, pop songs.”
RuthAnne’s outstanding career spans back to being 17-years-old, penning music for huge pop artists, including JoJo’s ‘Too Little Too Late,’ for which RuthAnne achieved the ASCAP Songwriters ‘Best Pop Song’ award.
From then, she wrote a string of massive records from Britney Spears’ RIAA platinum-certified 'Work Bitch' to One Direction’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’, Pentatonix’s ‘Misbehavin’ and Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha’s ‘In The Name Of Love’.
In 2017 she co-wrote five songs on Niall Horan’s debut solo album Flicker, including US No. 1 hit ‘Slow Hands’ – which she received a BMI award for – and Niall’s latest single ‘Nice To Meet Ya’.
She previously won ‘Woman Of The Year’ at the Irish Tatler Awards and was VEVO’s ‘Artist Of The Month’ last year. She also performed for MTV PUSH live event in London and was a part of global clothing brand Barbour International’s summer session series this year, which was hosted by James McVey (The Vamps).
RuthAnne has also supported Alanis Morrissette, Niall Horan, Third Story, X Ambassadors, Hozier, and Keywest on tour. This year she headlined Blue Balls Festival (Switzerland) and shows in London and Ireland as well as performed at Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, and The Great Escape in the UK. She’s also performed at Ireland's own Kaleidoscope Festival.
She will play at Green Room at The Academy next week, Thursday 10th October. Tickets are available for €17.50 here.
Stream Matters of the Heart here and watch 'Take What I Can Get' below: