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Michael Ruff
I found that answer after watching Michael Ruff in concert at La Ve Lee Jazz Club in Studio City, California.What makes this such an interesting viewing point is La Ve Lee and is one of Los Angeles' most respected jazz clubs and Michael Ruff is a Christ follower.Put those two elements together and what you wind up with is amazing groove coupled to a deep-rooted message of love.Michael Ruff has played or recorded with Chaka Kahn, David Sanborn, Rickie Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt, The Winans, and Al Jarreau (to name a few).
On his website it says, "Michael's style could be described as West Coast with a strong dash of chili pepper funk.
For Michael, music has always been very personal.He and his music have been evolving in a natural progression.As he states, "It's not about me anymore."He even makes a joke about it in concert and says, "You can find out what I'm up to on my website "".Michael reminds me that, "Christ wasn't much for convention."So for Michael Ruff to present the Gospel in jazz clubs throughout the world makes sense.Through music, Michael becomes a bridge.He has much to offer as one of his songs unforgettably reminds us to "Show the world our love."
Musically, Michael doesn't beat around the bush.He gets top musicians and lets them take off.The nights I saw Michael and his group were an unforgettable experience.
Michael Ruff has several CD releases (you can find out about his work at, but his latest release, Waters of Love, is his greatest.
I introduced Michael Ruff's CD to a famous musician and all he could say after listening to each track is, "Whoa!"It is the convergence of technology, passion, and message that make this CD worth getting.
Michael says he didn't know where else to go but to God and at 3 o'clock in the morning cried out, "Jesus, are you real?"That was the turning point in a man who had much before him except his own salvation.From that point on he began writing music about his spiritual journey.Michael is now a worship leader on the island of Kauai.I asked Michael, "If you could say one thing to worship leaders and/or Christian musicians, what would that be?"He responded without hesitation, "Get right with God."
Kauai Music Festival Bulletin Board - Michael Ruff Joins KMF Team, 11 Feb 2004 [cached]
Michael Ruff Joins KMF Team
Michael Ruff Joins KMF Team
As a Solo Artist, Michael has recorded:
"Once In A Lifetime" "Michael Ruff Band" "Speaking in Melodies" "Feels Good - Live" "Girl Like You"
Some of the Artists Who Have Recorded Michael's Songs are:
Bonnie Raitt, ("Cry On My Shoulder" on multi platinum "Nick of Time" and "Shake a Little" on grammy nominated "Road Tested"), Huey Lewis, David Sanborn, Kenny Loggins ("The Art of Letting Go" on "The Unimaginable Life"), and many others... (Michael has been associated with eight grammy nominations).
An exciting live performer, Michael maintains a large following in Los Angeles, N.Y. and consistently sells out concerts throughout Europe.He is always recording new material and makes his home in Hawaii.
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