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|Birth name||Ruth Berhe|
|Born||July 2, 1995|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ruth Berhe (born July 2, 1995), better known by her stage name Ruth B., is a Canadian singer and songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. She started by singing songs on Vine in early 2013. In November 2015, she released her debut extended play, The Intro. On May 5, 2017, she released her debut album, Safe Haven. It has gathered over 798 million overall streams on Spotify as of February 2021. Her hit single "Lost Boy" has accumulated over 560 million streams on Spotify, and her YouTube channel has received a total of 285 million views as of January 2021[update].
Early life and education
Berhe was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Her parents emigrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s. Berhe speaks Amharic fluently. She spent some of her teenage years working at a local Reitmans clothing store and described herself in an interview with The Canadian Press as an "introvert". She said she was "never the big party chick." While working part-time she started to dabble in posting videos on Vine. She says she chose the six-second video service because it took less effort to upload short clips, compared to other popular services like YouTube.
Berhe posted her first Vine video in May 2013, and started making singing Vines about a year later. Her singing Vines, typically six second covers of popular songs, helped grow her a following. In November 2014, she posted a Vine of her singing a line that she had made up, which was inspired by the television series Once Upon a Time. It garnered around 84,000 likes within a week, which was unusual for her at the time. She took note of its popularity, with some of her followers commenting that she should make it into a full song. It became "Lost Boy", which she posted on YouTube on January 18, 2015 and was released on iTunes on February 12, 2015.
Berhe entered the studio in early 2016 to begin recording her debut full-length album with Joel Little, a New Zealand producer who helped Lorde create her first album. She says she was writing songs long before the album went into production, so she had many songs to pick from when her label told her it was time to start putting something together.
She honored National Arts Centre Award winner Michael Buble at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards gala by performing his song "Home". Later at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony she performed Neil Young's song "Heart of Gold" to honor his induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
In the summer of 2020, Ruth issued a new song called "If I Have a Son," and on August 28, 2020, the song and video for "Dirty Nikes" through new label "Downtown Records.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Title||Extended play details||Peak chart positions|
|The Intro|| ||20||52|
|Maybe I'll Find You Again|| ||—||—|
As lead artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Lost Boy"||2015||14||14||41||19||97||24||The Intro and Safe Haven|
|"Superficial Love"||2017||—[A]||—||—||—||—||—|| |
|"Rare"||2018||—||—||—||—||—||—||Maybe I'll Find You Again|
|"If I Have A Son"||2020||—||—||—||—||—||—||TBA|
|"In My Dreams"||2016||Safe Haven|
|"If This Is Love"||2017|
|"Crave"||2018||Maybe I'll Find You Again|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Shorty Awards||Best Vine Musician||Herself||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards||Fan Fave Vine Musician|
|Teen Choice Awards||Next Big Thing|
|BET Awards||BET FANdemonium Award|
|2017||Juno Awards||Juno Fan Choice Award|
|Breakthrough Artist of the Year||Won|
|Songwriter of the Year||Herself — |
•"2 Poor Kids"
|Canadian Radio Music Awards||Best New Group or Solo Artist: Hot AC||"Lost Boy"||Won|
|Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream AC||Nominated|
|Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR||Won|
|Western Canadian Music Awards||Pop Artist of the Year||Herself||Nominated|
|2018||Juno Awards||Artist of the Year|
|Album of the Year||Safe Haven|
|Pop Album of the Year|
Berhe has listed Lauryn Hill, The Beatles, Carole King, Grouplove, Adele, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran as some of her musical influences. She said that "the one thing all my favourite artists have in common is they are all storytellers. Something that I try to incorporate in my music", in an interview with Idolator.
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- Kohn, Daniel (2016-08-31). "Inside Ruth B's Outspoken Debut". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
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- "News". Ruth B. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
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- "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
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- "Ruth B Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
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- "Ruth B Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
- Hit Listen Top 40
- Dutch Charts
- "RUTH B | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
- "Ruth B Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
- "Certified Awards" (To access, search "Ruth B" in Keywords and select "Artist" in Search by). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
- "Ruth B "Lost Boy"" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. February 2, 2016. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Ruth B – Swedish Certifications" (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. April 27, 2016. Archived from the original (To access, enter the search parameter "Ruth B" and select "Search by Keyword") on May 21, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- "Ruth B Chart History: Canada CHR/Top 40". Billboard. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- RuthBVEVO (2018-09-21). "Ruth B. - Rare (Official Video)". Retrieved 2018-09-22.
- Wass, Mike (November 25, 2015). "Popping Up: Ruth B". Idolator. Retrieved December 11, 2015.