Justin Ruff
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Justin Ruff

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Chicago, Illinois, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band R&B Soul





''He has the vocal ability to cool the mood.
Swarmed in an R&B aesthetic with hints of jazz rhythms, Justin Ruff provides audio pleasure that pulls you in, gets your hips swaying and vibing in the relaxation of his delivery.
Ladies, just think of a fusion between Prince, Maxwell and D’Angelo packaged in a 25-year-old gentleman from Cincinnati, Ohio.'' - JET Magazine

"Ginuwine brings his ‘Pony’ to the Shrine in Chicago"

''Chicago based R&B artist Justin Ruff was the opening act for the evening and his falsetto was effortless.'' - RollingOut


''Chicago newcomer Justin Ruff‘s silky smooth, Jazz influenced sound has captured the ears of the blogosphere. Ensuing his latest EP The Ruff Draft, the Cincinnati, Ohio native offers a refreshing take on R&B/Soul with a touch of Hip-Hop for his new single “We Be Lovin” featuring Murph Watkins.'' - SaintHeron.com

"Q&A: Justin Ruff"

“His voice is crisp and precise. His falsetto singing style is effortless, yet flawless.” - SoulTrain.com

"Chicago Artist Justin Ruff Drops A ‘Ruff Draft’, But It’s Anything But"

''Justin’s voice is a Maxwell-like falsetto, and on this project, he effectively bridges the old school and new school groove;: “I’m With It” offers a grown and sexy vibe, while the chopped and screwed voice adds a contemporary, fresh feel. He lets his voice shine even more on acoustic offerings “Try No More” and “Faded Picture” even showing his scatting talents, and on the sexy “12 AM,” his vocal delivery is reminiscent of Prince's high wails.'' - Singersroom.com

"New Music: Justin Ruff – I’m With It"

“Emerging artist Justin Ruff makes his debut on ThisIsRnB and rightfully so. Dropping his new single, “I’m With It,” the impressive vocalist had us turning the knob up on this one.... Delivering a great combination of past and current day R&B sounds, the up and coming star will be one to keep an eye peeled for as the year progresses.” - ThisIsRnB.com

"[Featured Artist] Introducing Justin Ruff!"

“It is an honor to feature Justin. His voice is incredible! The way he scats when he sings definitely separates him for the average R&B singer!” - LoveThisTrack.com


Still working on that hot first release.



ABC’s Windy City LIVE “Search for a Star” finalist, Justin Ruff is the definition of an artist! Fusing his R&B/Soul background with his scat singing skills and love for jazz music, the star on the rise has created a sound all his own. The 25 year old, Cincinnati native, began developing a love for music at the tender age of 10. He was later introduced to Jazz music while studying at The School of Creative and Performing Arts. After deciding that he wanted to pursue music full-time, Justin moved to Chicago where he spread his wings and soared into the ears and hearts of many!

Bridging the gap between old school and mainstream music of today, Ruff has a way of bringing his listeners “home” with his sultry delivery and smooth presence. He is undoubtedly ahead of his time, yet somehow right on time. Having already caught the attention of major publications such as JET Magazine, Saint Heron and Soultrain.com, to name a few, the young crooner is looking to make his mark as one of today’s most sought after artists. With hit records gracing the airwaves from Chicago’s #1 radio station 107.5 WGCI all the way back to his hometown of Cincinnati's #1 Radio Station, 101.1 The Wiz, Ruff is well on his way to becoming a house-hold name.

Justin recently released his debut EP, ‘‘The Ruff Draft’’ which debuted in the Top 100 on iTunes R&B/Soul Charts. Since its release, he’s been awarded great opportunities such as opening for Grammy-nominated R&B artist, Ginuwine and R&B group, Dru Hill. Fresh off his successful Intimate Nights tour, Justin is showing no signs of slowing down as he's already been selected to perform at the 2017 Taste of Chicago. Follow Justin on all social media platforms @JustinRuffMusic 

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