Official Biography (courtesy of Ruby Collins)
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ruby Turner began singing at the age of three but did not begin singing publically until the age of fourteen as the lead singer in her church choir. As Ruby over came her shyness she stepped into the world of talent shows performing at community and school talent shows throughout the tri-state area. It wasn't until her appearance on televisions "Show Time at The Apollo" that Ruby knew that she was beginning her musical journey.
In 1993 Ruby's mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and Ruby joined the New York City Police Department as a means to help support the family financially. Ruby thought she would have to put her dreams on hold but soon realized that the police department could use for a voice like hers.
After six month of rigorous training Ruby received the opportunity to share a sweeter and softer side of herself that her collegues had never seen. Ruby sang the national anthem for her police academy graduation held at Madison Square Garden before five thousand attendees. It wasn't before long that Ruby became a house hold name within the New York City Police Department singing the National Anthem from the New York Knicks games at Madison Square Gardent to the White House.
In 1995 the White House came calling looking for a singer to sing the national anthem. After a brief audition in which Ruby sang to the organizer of the program over the phone, Ruby was chosen to represent police officers throughout the country to sing for the Police Officers Memorial in Washington DC. President Bill Clinton, Mariah Carey, and Tommy Mottola, who attended the ceremony that day, were not the only ones to experience the sweet voice of Ruby Collins; the event was televised nationally via C-Span and the country got to experience the amazing talent of the police officer behind the uniform.
Ruby soon began appearing on various talk shows including the "Rosie," "Oxygen Media," "Positively Black," "Good Day New York" and opened for the Classic 70's group Blue Magic. In 2000 Ruby released her first gospel album on her independent label Senga Music with Producer Tom McConnel selling over 5000 copies to major chains like Virgin Mega, Tower Records, HMV and local record shops. Billboard Magazine said that "Ruby's forte is smooth jazzy pop/gospel amalgam dazzingly reminiscent of Early Robert Flack."
After 9/11 Ruby decided to follow her passion and pursue her music career. Teaching herself to play piano and guitar, Ruby released Merry Christmas, a classic acoustic piano Christmas album in 2005. Inspired by her experience over the years she developed her songwriting skills and returned to the studio to release her third album, In My Dreams, an eclectic blend of soul, pop, and jazz.