Jessica Ruiz
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Jessica Ruiz

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | INDIE

Cleveland, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Band Christian Gospel


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Condition of the Heart, 2008
Ignited, 2011



Many Contemporary Christian Music lovers can remember the first time they heard Rachael Lampa, Jaci Velasquez or Natalie Grant. And once music lovers hear one more voice, they will be able to add another amazing female vocalist to that impressive list: Jessica Ruiz. With a crystal clear purity and impressive vocal intonation that leaves the listener speechless, Jessica has been touched by God with the voice of an angel. Whether she’s delivering smooth lilting sentimental notes or those with crescendo and passion, Jessica is a talent that ‘wows’ audiences across the nation. Singing since she can remember, this Cleveland, Ohio native is undoubtedly on the cusp of becoming one of Christian music’s most-talked about artists. Although she’s had a chance to sing in front of some of today’s finest artists including Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans and open for Tye Tribbett, that’s not her goal. For Jessica, it’s not about her name in lights or notable accolades, but it’s simply about sharing her faith through the vehicle of music.

Jessica has grown up in a family whose background was steeped in a rich Latino heritage and culture. Hailing from a long line of ministers – each in spoken word or music – it’s not surprising that Jessica’s path would include ministry as well. Her mother recalls that even as an infant in the crib, Jessica would be moved to tears by a ballad or to fits of joy by an upbeat song. “I remember my mother placing me in front of the television while I looked at Disney movies listening to the music,” recalls Jessica. “I would mimic the characters’ voices and be transported to a different place.” She believes that even then she was developing her vocal and musical skills. At the age of 11, she felt a clear calling to minister through music and one year later, she began penning songs.

She began singing around the Cleveland area and honed her impressive vocal talents, making a name for herself in the region. She has netted a number of awards including First Place at the Millennium Talent Show (1999), the Applause International CCM Rising Start (2003), The Church of God Team Talent (2002/2004) and the AMTC/Millie Lewis Singing Competition (2004). She also decided to put her voice “on wax” and stepped in the studio. Although she didn’t initially plan to record an entire project, she ended up completing a stunning release called Condition of the Heart. Listeners who heard the title cut were floored at the excellent songwriting and the quality of her voice. Easily standing toe-to-toe with the top music in the industry, the creation of the song (and the project) was a not only a learning process for her, but it was her first foray and official entry into the Christian music industry.

Now the songstress embarks on her new national debut and she’s thrilled about the upcoming release. “The name of the CD is called ‘Ignited’”, explains Jessica. “Even when I say the name, something on the inside rises up in me,” she explains. “This project is for Christians who may be new to the faith as well as those who have been Christians for a while, but have lost their fire for God. My hope is that through these songs, the fire of God is ignited within them. The CD itself is filled with fire.”

Jessica is also excited to be principal songwriter on Ignited and that she’ll be able to showcase the songs the Lord has given her. Targeted to a slightly younger generation than her previous project and scheduled to be released in late 2011, Ignited is destined to be an album where many will find inspiration. The title song is an anthem of praise where the singer declares that “we are on ignited and filled with fire.” With a rhythmic, driving percussion and moving vocals, one can imagined God’s people lifting their hands in praise while making their own personal declaration of praise. It’s that message and the message of God’s love that Jessica wants the body of Christ to be reminded of when they finish listening to the CD.

“My goal is that through my music, people fall in love with God. I want Him to be the first thing they think of when waking up in the morning and the last thing they think of before they go to sleep at night,” says Jessica. And with the release of Ignited and the powerful ministry this young woman of God has been given, her wish just may come true.