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Joey Ruffin: Answering the Universe's Call to Musical Destiny

From a Layoff to a Soulful Journey, the Rising Singer-Songwriter Shares his Influences, Memorable Moments, and Exciting Collaborations

Joey Ruffin ©️ 2023


Today we have the pleasure to have Joey on Goathead


 

GH: Can you tell us how you got started in the music industry as a singer-songwriter?


Joey Ruffin: I've been singing my whole life but I recently made the big jump to do music full-time. One night back in March I was laying awake in bed begging for the universe to give me a sign and the very next day I went in to work, I was laid off just as I was about to leave for lunch. So naturally, I took this as a sign and decided to fulfill my soul's purpose to become one of the best musicians - I've never been happier. 



GH: Throughout your career, which artists or musicians have been your biggest influences, and how have they shaped your own musical style?


Joey Ruffin: I love so many genres of music so this is tough for me, but I would say artists like D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Stevie Wonder, Syd, etc. have heavily influenced my singing. There are a million more but I'm certain that all of them combined have helped me become the singer I am today and will continue to inspire me as I strive to get better. I'm tryna sing my a** off ya'll


GH: Could you share a memorable experience or moment in your musical journey that has had a significant impact on your growth as an artist?


Joey Ruffin: Going back to my first response, I truly feel that the decision to give this thing my all is hands down one of the most significant moments of my life. I'm sure there were times when I was younger that helped push this dream a long, but this one means the most to me. It felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.


GH: Your single "Minute Man" has been receiving a lot of attention lately. You recently released an amazing acoustic version for it. Could you share the inspiration behind the song and what it means to you?



Joey Ruffin: While I was working on music in Nashville, I wrote this song with my best friend Christian who is the bassist for Freak Freely and Teddy Swims. We were just having a good time and wrote a great song! I sang it at home while playing guitar a few weeks back and our other best friend Joel had the idea that I should do an acoustic version and the rest is history. The lyrics have their own meaning but the song itself just reminds me of my friends and being lucky enough to create amazing art with them


GH:What can your fans expect from your future work? Are there any upcoming projects or collaborations you're excited about sharing?


Joey Ruffin: My fans need to expect that I'm about to pop off and make some of the best music ever!!!!!! I'm still working to make as much music as possible, but I am excited to say that I had the pleasure of writing a song with Dallas Wilson, Marc Scibilia, and Teddy Swims while I was in Nashville. That particular song will be on the next Teddy Swims album so keep a look out for my name in the credits!


 


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