Once in a blue moon you’ll hear a voice that floors you. That’s how it was when Grammy-winning producer M-Phazes was handed a demo recording of unknown artist, Ruel. Actually, it was the sort of moment every producer prays for.
Dripping in soulful authenticity, this was the voice of a broken heart that had been smoking cigarettes and downing whiskey for the past 40 years. Imagine hearing that, and knowing nobody else has...
Now imagine hearing that, and then finding out he was 12.
This is how a young kid from Sydney ended up being the only unknown artist to feature on the forthcoming all-star album from M-Phazes, “HEAVY” – alongside Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun), Kimbra, Conrad Sewell & Daniel Johns.
Exploding onto screens across the world, Ruel made his live radio debut with M-Phazes on triplej’s ‘Like A Version’ as the youngest-ever featured performer on the segment, performing a haunting cover of Jack Garratt’s ‘Weathered’ gathering half a million video views in less than 48 hours.
There’s a lot to be said about the fact that Ruel penned his first song ‘Don’t Tell Me’ when he was just 12 years old. Or the fact that he was invited to perform private showcases all over the world for industry heavyweights. But it’s the raw talent of this now 14-year-old anomaly that’s turning heads and getting people talking.
In a world dominated by flash-in-the-pan teen pop artists, Ruel is ready to break the mould with his soulful take on modern pop and give the industry a much needed shake up.