Born in 1968, The Brooklyn, New York singer Ruby Collins has lived a “double life,” one as a soulful singer making her mark, and the other as a officer in the New York City Police Department.
First making her mark via an appearance on Showtime At The Apollo, Collins had aspirations for a career in music. However, in 1993 her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and Ruby joined the New York City Police Department as a means to help support the family financially. Somehow, she was able to combine the two careers, representing the police department when singing the national anthem at professional basketball games, and ultimately at the White House, where she represented police officers around the country in a performance for President Bill Clinton.
Ruby appeared on talk shows and became an opening act for classic soul group Blue Magic. She also released a Christmas album in 2005 and the popular In My Dreams album in 2008, an amalgam of soul, jazz and gospel.
By Chris Rizik