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Michael Ruff


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Husband, Father, Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Worship Leader

Michael Ruff grew up on the East coast, then moved to Los Angeles where he lived through the hairspray and ignorance of the ‘80’s. More well-known among artists and musicians then in the mass music marketplace. Michael stays close to his home of 20 years (Hawaii) rather than take time away from family for “career”. Michael works with many of the top international and Hawai’ian artists, writing, recording and producing music.

A gifted singer and keyboardist and live performer, He has released eleven solo CDS worldwide. His worship songs are honest and have a wonderful way of bringing people into the presence of God.

He has written multi million selling songs for and with such artists as: Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, India Arie, David Sanborn, Kenny Loggins, BeBe Winans, Kal David, Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Bros. and so many others.

Has been musical director for, produced and/or recorded with: India Arie, Chaka, Lionel Ritchie, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, David Sanborn, The Winans, Andre Crouch, Crystal Lewis, Carl Anderson, Brenda Russell, Kenny Loggins, Randy Brecker, Gino Vannelli, Jose Feliciano, Right Said Fred, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, Eric Burdon, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Nicks, Cyril Pahinui, Hawaiian Style Band, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, Eric Gilliom and many others.


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  • DianaVeraDesign

    What Chuck_e has said. I'm now at a loss for words, other than to say "Speaking in Melodies" is a stellar album, I am always perplexed as to why he is not better known. I adore him.

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • PrinceAmled

    Listening to this music makes you relax. Ahhh....

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • splitscreenshot

    whoa, I can't believe I missed his gigs in Germany this year. #megafail

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • chuck__e

    This guy is the most unknown but nonetheless brilliant singer/songwriter/producer/arranger in the world. Check out, if possible, his album "Speaking in Melodies" - a bunch of wonderful songs, and the Holy Grail for all audiophiles: recorded and mixed live-to-two-track by George Massenburg, assisted by Nathaniel Kunkel and Gavin Lurssen, who later became one the world's most respected mastering engineers.

    9 May 2009 Reply

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