Despite suffering a stroke in early 2009, Ruby Wilson remains the Mid-South's premier blues diva. She may be slower by a step or two, but her amazing voice is as soulful and powerful as ever.
She is the undisputed Queen of Beale Street, a Memphis legend who has taken the Delta blues and her rich, emotional, unforgettable voice worldwide. When she's in Memphis, she often holds court at B.B. King's and Itta Bena, the epicenter of nightclub entertainment in the Mid-South. When she's out of town, she might be singing at the White House, at a festival in New Orleans, at a renowned jazz club in Switzerland, or on a luxury cruise in Asia.
She's Ruby Wilson, one of the most dynamic and soulful entertainers you will ever see — and one of the most versatile, too. From a high-energy party song like "Mustang Sally" to a tender ballad like "At Last" to a sexy romp like "Fever," the lady can sing it all: soul, blues, pop, Dixieland, jazz, gospel — you name it. With first-rate Memphis musicians and the charisma that has charmed thousands around the world, Ruby Wilson turns mere parties into events.
Ruby has recorded over 10 albums and performed with such stars as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Robert Goulet, The Four Tops, Jerry Butler, Willie Nelson, Isaac Hayes, and many more. She's also an accomplished actress, with roles in Black Snake Moan, Cookie's Fortune, The People vs. Larry Flynt, The Chamber, The Client, and The Firm. Her latest album, "Show You a Good Time," received national acclaim and soared up the blues charts. Some of Ruby's recent awards and honors include
• inducted into the inaugural class of the African-American Hall of Fame in Memphis
• featured performer at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2008, 2011, 2012
• Memphis Sound Award from the Blues Ball for Best Entertainer
• Supporter's Award from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
• Authentic Beale Street Musician Award from the Beale Street Merchant's Association
• pace car driver for the Komen Race for the Cure in Memphis
• member of the Memphis-Shelby County Film Commission
Her versatile show can include a dynamic, showy R&B band with multiple horns and back-up singers, a Dixieland band for traditional New Orleans music, or a simple duo or trio for jazz and blues standards. She can also work as a solo artist.
Want true Memphis at your next event? Book Ruby Wilson, because she is the Queen.
"Always energetic and saucy ... an underrated national treasure." -- Mark Jordan, Memphis Commercial Appeal
"A down-home diva (with) a sultry, uptown torch singer hiding inside." -- Bill Ellis, Memphis Commercial Appeal
"AWESOME!!!! As usual, Ruby was just GREAT!" -- Gail Churinetz, Oct. 2012
"The music was fantastic. You made the show — as always!" -- Virginia Steele, West Clinic
"Bobby 'Blue' Bland has it. Z.Z. Hill had it, as did the Rev. Franklin (Aretha's dad), and Rufus Thomas was a master of it. Well, Ruby Wilson has it, too, and a lot more." -- Big City Rhythm & Blues