Nancy Ruth is a Canadian-born singer, songwriter, and recording artist. A world traveller with a powerful stage presence, she comes alive as she cooks up a very tasty brew of jazz, latin, and flamenco. Her Spanish roots eventually led her to Málaga, Spain, where she now resides and finds creative inspiration for her songwriting, weaving her influences in the Mediterranean breeze.
Growing up in a rustic log house in the temperate rain forest of British Columbia, she dreamed of a life of music and adventure. An early love of jazz was ignited by family jam sessions. She went on to study classical piano and voice with the Toronto Conservatory of Music, acting and theatre at Langara’s Studio 58, and further music studies at Douglas College in New Westminster.
Contrasting her early classical studies, she started her professional career singing in rock bands, touring Canada with Axess, Renaissance, and Aces High. She released her first self-penned album Nancy Ruth, in 1998. After a few years on the road she took time out to immerse herself in the jazz tradition. She fronted jazz trios in clubs and festivals in Canada, and performed as a pianist/ vocalist in venues world-wide. In 2004 she released an album of jazz standards called It’s Got To Be Love. A foray into musical theatre led to six seasons of starring in the Klondike show Beaver Creek Rendezvous. She was a guest vocalist with WEA recording artists The Lovehunters in Singapore, and when invited to perform for the Sultan of Brunei, she learned to sing in Malay and Indonesian during her month-long gig at the Royal Palace.