credit: Mihail Novakov
“Ruth Koleva’s voice is amazing! I loved her first album, and love the song “Run” even more! Watch out for her!”
“Koleva is the best thing we’ve had from Eastern Europe lately”
Robert Elms, BBC
“Ruth’s voice is so emotional, you want to hear more.”
Lianne La Havas as Ruth opens up for her concert in LA
“Wondrous combination of Space-Funk and Pop-Soul”
EARMILK, Feb. 2018
When you think of music, Bulgaria is not the first place that comes to mind. But it definitely got soul and Ruth Koleva is leading the pack. Born into the hardship of post-Communist Eastern Europe, she quickly developed into a rounded artist. There were multiple excursions into local scenes, a stint at the Hollywood Pop Academy… Then came her debut album. RUTH scooped the top prize at the BG Radio Awards in 2014. Hit-making producer Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga) called it “amazing”.
Koleva has since become a national treasure. She’s shared the stage with legends including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, wooed kindred spirits like N’Dambi and performed two sold-out concerts at Bulgaria Hall with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
The power of her music is subtle yet absorbing, rewarding
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