Ruth Ronnie, Music Artist from Zambia (IX ReverbNation Winner)

Who are you as a musician artist? What is your story?

I am Ruth Ronnie from Zambia, Africa and I am a Dancehall / Afropop singer and songwriter. Music has always been a passion of mine even before I became a recording artist, winning an award for my single ‘It’s Okay’ was a big milestone in my career, from that point my passion from music grew even more because I realised just how much people appreciate what I do. I recently got selected for a program called emPawa Africa by Mr Eazi and got to be mentored by the likes of Diplo and that was amazing!!

Who are your top musical influences?

I listen to alot of different people and music. I love to draw inspiration from different sources.

What makes your music stand out in the music industry?

My music is a fusion of different styles, I like to make it interesting. I have the element of surprise.

In your opinion, what is the future of the music industry, let’s say in 5 years?

I see more and more young artists making a career out of music doing what they love and loving what they do.

What surprises you the most about music industry? Frustrates you? Inspires you?

What surprises me is how some people don’t want to pay artists for their work. Artists work so hard to create and deserve a lot more respect. That is frustrating especially when you’re trying to make a living out of your art.

How is your Music “your Religion”?

Music feeds my soul, when I make it, when I listen to it. It’s so beautiful. It makes me so happy and fulfilled .

What is the (spiritual, political, social) message of your music?

Be happy! Be yourself! Be kind!

What do you really think it takes to “make it” as an artist? List 3 important strategies.

I believe everyone’s journey is different, what works for me might not work for the next person. Just work hard and trust your process. Never give up.

What is your favorite life quote or philosophy that inspires you?

“Everything happens for a reason” that really inspires me to get back up when life knocks me down. It makes me strong again.

5 years ago what would you have done differently in your music career?

I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything I have done has contributed to where I am now, the good and the bad. If I hadn’t made any mistakes I wouldn’t have the amount of knowledge I have now.

Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want people to remember you and your work of art?

I want people to remember me as the girl who followed her dreams despite many obstacles and I want people to be inspired by my life and my work.