The Bulgarian-born New York City based singer-songwriter isn’t afraid of starting anew. During the early 90s, in hardship of post-Communist Eastern Europe, Bulgaria underwent extreme financial collapse and so Ruth’s father, who is an Olympian and twice World weightlifting champion left for the Far East to seek new opportunities. Her rebellious personality and bourbon-like voice helped her rise to stardom back in her homeland and while steadily working to hone her raw musical gifts, she developed into a genre-defying powerhouse artist, effortlessly channeling soul, drum and bass, R&B and indie-pop influences. Early in her career, she showcased her unique style through gigs at local venues and did a brief stint at the Hollywood Pop Academy. Her debut album RUTH scooped the top prize at the Bulgarian Radio Awards in 2014 and sold thousands of copies in Japan, with hit-making producer Mark Ronson declaring it “amazing”.
Released in 2018, Koleva’s previous album Confidence.Truth offered fans a deeply personal collection of songs influenced by Ruth’s connection to soul and jazz. It was produced by one of LA’s finest, Kan Wakan and bolstered by a tight band of musicians including Ron Avant (The Free Nationals/Anderson Paak) and Jameel Bruner (Thundercat, and formerly of The Internet), Gene Coye (Flying Lotus) and the orchestra of Sofia Philharmonic. In 2022 Ruth will present her latest album produced by Taylor Graves (Grammy award winner in 2021 with Thundercat) and Kan Wakan.