Ruth Ellen

Spotlight: Ruth-Ellen

In the spotlight this week is south London singer-songwriter and Be Heard Project alumni, Ruth-Ellen

Elle Ayers
  • By Elle Ayres
  • 24 Mar 2022
  • min read

Community-led social enterprise, Be Heard Project, is made up of leading industry professionals from the worlds of music, radio and podcasting.

Be Heard work with young people that identify within at least one minority group and want a career in music — offering them discounted studio access and access to sound engineers, 1-2-1 mentoring sessions and professional head shots to help them get a foot in the door.

To celebrate the work Be Heard are doing, once a month M Magazine will be shining a light on some of the emerging talent they support.

Next up, we’re finding out about Ruth-Ellen.




Influenced by the Gospel that surrounded her from childhood and growing up in the church, Ruth-Ellen’s music flutters between neo-soul to R&B, pop and jazz. 

From where?

South London

What’s the story?

With her roots in church and school choir-singing, Ruth-Ellen has always found making music the best way to tap into her inner confidence and self-belief. As an independent artist she’s had to draw on this a lot, facing the challenges the industry and a pandemic has thrown her way, head on.

‘I now feel equipped to embrace new life experiences and trials. The inner work is creating an outer glow and I’m letting it shine for all to see,’ Ruth-Ellen explains. ‘At the end of the day, I have a duty to show up for myself. Before I’m a musician or an artist, I’m a human being and I want my music to connect with people.’

For fans of…

Lianne La Havas and Pip Millett

Predicted to?

Later this month the music video for New Day will be released and we can also look forward to Ruth-Ellen’s forthcoming project, ‘Transit’. 

Must hear?

Ruth-Ellen’s single New Day was released last summer and is the second single from her LP, due to be released this year.