“Nancy Ruth, a powerful and talented singer, combines together jazz, flamenco and Latin rhythms in a natural way, creating a fresh genre...” – Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene
"Sangria Jam not only designs Ms. Ruth as a global storyteller, but also an innovative jazz pedagogue."
-Karl Stober, Cadence Jazz Magazine
After recent tours in Australia, Spain and Africa, composer/ vocalist Nancy Ruth is back with her spicy mix of jazz, latin and flamenco.
"Not only does she sing ... she writes all of the songs as well as plays piano …both accessible and hip..."
-George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
"Nancy Ruth charmed the audience with her talent, authenticity and sincerity. It was amazing to discover that Nancy had written the music herself; I don’t think anyone was expecting that."
-Diana Allen, Jazz Australia founder; Order of Australia
"She seems to be sucking the marrow out of life, making each song into a celebration of being and of passionately embracing the whole range of human emotions and experience."
-Nikos Fotakis, Australian Jazz
Canadian/ Spanish composer, singer and songwriter Nancy Ruth has been making music all over the globe with a fearless, proudly cosmopolitan sound. With her flame-blonde curly hair and her explosive energy, Nancy Ruth incites the elegance of jazz, the fire of flamenco, and the immediate appeal of modern pop, all in a single package.
Before following her musical muse to Spain in 2001, where she still spends part of the year, Nancy Ruth grew up in a log house on Vancouver Island. She toured Western Canada in several bands with the Feldman agency before releasing her first self-penned album Nancy Ruth, in 1998. Her exploration of jazz had her performing in the DuMaurier International Jazz Festival (2003/4), at which time she released an album of jazz standards called It’s Got To Be Love.
She took her love of jazz to Southern Spain, where she has been writing music for two decades; the sounds and culture of her adopted land have been her greatest source of inspiration. Between international tours, she has enjoyed collaborations with Arabic and Berber musicians in Morocco and Flamencos in Andalusia.
She co-wrote several songs in Spanish for the 2008 Home of Jazz (Netherlands) release Me Quedo. In 2011 she wrote and recorded the album Para Ti in both English and Spanish (originally on the Spectra Jazz label), then produced and starred in the show Trío Pasión, an homage to the music of Spain and Latin America which has toured theatres world-wide.
Her fifth album Sangria Jam is a musical journey recounting her travels and life in Spain. Combining her influences, she says: “I write what flows freely… I’m not trying to create a fusion, I just play what I feel. I’m a product of my experience and surroundings”.
In 2018 Nancy Ruth released the single/ video Todo Para Ti which has been featured on radio and television in the U.S.
2019 brought Nancy to New York City to record new works, including a soundtrack piece which features members of the New York Philharmonic, arranger Joe Gianono (Blood Sweat and Tears, Michel Camilo) and Grammy award winning engineer Oscar Zambrano. Earlier in the year she was a featured composer/ artist at Africa's biggest jazz festival, Festival du Saint Louis, Senegal.
In 2020 she produced a documentary about cross-cultural collaboration, filmed throughout her many travels to Morocco. After several official selections on the festival circuit, it will be released publicly in 2022.
In 2020 she released 4 self-penned singles: Breathing in Indigo, her Moroccan collaboration Just Can't Let It Go - Extended Mix in Morocco, Where the Sea Melts to Sky, an orchestral soundtrack piece featuring members of the New York Philharmonic, and Turn the Lights Back Down, a sultry jazz ballad, which enjoyed ample airplay on U.S. radio.
Nancy Ruth is currently in Málaga, Spain. Five singles are set to be released in 2024.