One of four daughters to classical musician parents, Ruut was born in Finland, and wrote her first song when she learned to play the piano at age 7. Ruut grew up living and traveling in Europe, until moving to the States at age 16. Her various musical influences (including classical, gospel, jazz, Broadway, songwriters such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Tori Amos) shaped her piano-based story-telling approach to her own artistry. In her early 20’s, Ruut left her hometown of Baltimore for Los Angeles in effort to find her sound. She worked with many writers and producers there, as well as Nashville and New York, releasing a handful of albums both independently and via record labels.

In 2009, she settled back in Baltimore, and after the birth of her second daughter, Ruut returned to the studio to create “Glimpse”, her first full-length album in 3 years. It’s in the songs she wrote for this new release that Ruut has entrusted her listeners with her most honest writing to date. Ruut says of her new album, “Experiencing motherhood has made me realize how quickly life is passing, and that I need to live in every moment. I’m not too worried about the outcome anymore. I just want to write and sing about what has meaning to me - being human, finding and holding onto love, and the journey that brings us face to face with our most authentic selves. If a song doesn’t resonate with me, I won’t sing it. Life is too short to compromise. That’s what these songs are all about - awakening and remembering that life passes in a glimpse. I hope my words and my voice can play a part in that invaluable discovery.”

The 10-song album features full production on most tracks, including the title track and upbeat anthem-like second track, "Make it Good". Ruut's signature piano-vocal style still shines in many of the ballads. The album was released this summer!

Washington, DC bassist and soul/pop artist Eric Scott has toured throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Latin America. A thirteen-time Wammie winner, he returns to the Rams Head to preview songs from his new upcoming CD. Eric has drawn sell-out crowds with his neo-soul & folk influenced pop, his brutally honest and soul baring lyrics, and his powerful, soulful voice. His four previous albums have received critical acclaim and strong airplay throughout the US and Europe, and have appeared on many network and cable TV shows, and in several major motion pictures. His song "My Heart Belongs To You" was featured in the summer 2013 Lionsgate film "The Frozen Ground" starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and 50 Cent.

His live show is funky, soulful, and uplifting, and his new album promises to be the same, with a generous helping of old school soul and funk sprinkled in.

"...with a voice like his, he can do no wrong..." Strutterzine, The Netherlands



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Ruut - CD Release Party! **ALL AGES MATINEE** with Eric Scott

Saturday, July 6 · 2:00 PM at Rams Head On Stage