"I've lived in London for a little while in the past but my home is definitely Birmingham - King's Heath to be precise", said R 'n B and soul singer Ruby Turner when being interviewed about her career, "I have a lovely garden and a nice home so it's my retreat. When I go down to big bad London or anywhere else it's nice to know that I've got that to return to".
Awarded the prestigious Gold Badge Award for her contribution to British music, she has been referrd to as a national and international treasure.
Born in Jamaica she relocated with her family to Birmingham in 1967 when she was 9 years old.
In February !990 she achieved the rare feat for a British singer of reaching No.1 on the USA R&B Chart with "It's Gonna Be Alright". Eight of her singles have also appeared in the UK singles chart with the most successful, "I'd Rather Go Blind" reaching No. 24 in 1987. She has made several recordings at the Highbury Studio in King's Heath.
She regularly performs with Jools Holland and for the last 5 years has appeared on his New Year's Eve "Hootenanny" BBC TV show.
She has also sung backing vocals for a whole range of other stars including Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and Mick Jagger. As a songwriter she has written songs covered by many other major artists including Lulu and Maxi Priest.
Not content with just being a singer and songwriter, she has appeared as an actress in productions of "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Carmen Jones" and "One Love" as well as making several TV appearances (Here's a link to IMDB listing her as a character actress and playing herself - click here).
Watch her sing "I'd Rather Go Blind" in 2009 here: