*photo by Hilary Gauld
This week we’re crushing on Rufus John!
Rufus John is a Canadian-Caribbean Artist who is bringing a refreshing sound to the Canadian R&B/Soul music scene. Born in Toronto and raised in a West Indian Caribbean household, from an early age he was exposed to the music of the legends of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Rufus caught his own musical bug at age 6, when he began singing with the church. Throughout his high school years he continued to hone his vocal and performance talents as the lead singer in a cover band. Rufus also began experimenting with songwriting, creating a library of life chronicles, finding catharsis in taking personal and challenging life experiences and turn them into heartfelt lyrics.
In early 2014 Rufus released his first full length album entitled Growing Pains. Suitably named, the album is a collection of songs taking listeners through an intimate life journey of the experiences from being a young boy to becoming a man. Rufus teamed up with Canadian Hip Hop artist Son Real for his first single “Hold On Me”. Take a listen below:
Over the course of his career Rufus has worked with award winning producers Marcus Kane (Shania Twain, Serena Ryder), Slakah The Beat Child (Drake), Joel Joseph (Nelly Furtado, Ivana Santilli) and musical engineer Chris Crerar (Serena Ryder, Prince, Backstreet Boys). He has shared the stage with many Canadian musical icons such as Wade O Brown, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Kim Davis, Classified, Glenn Lewis, Shad and many more.
Rufus is currently working on his follow up to Growing Pains, slated to be released on his imprint Urban X Entertainment this coming summer. Gone But Not Forgotten explores subjects like forgiveness, mourning, love, celebration and acceptance. Sonically, the album will mostly have elements of Soul & R&B but will feature undertones of hip-hop, jazz and gospel music.
Get to crushing with us below!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
How they treat people.
What is your ideal first date/ what’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
Food, drinks, dancing and great conversation.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
Someone who does not have a good sense of humor.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
When I was in high school I was participating in a singing competition with my school choir. I had done a solo in the competition and there was a group of girls that really took a liking to my singing/sound of my voice. After the competition, we all left the venue and were walking towards our bus. As we were walking, a friend of mine pointed out that girls were cat calling me! When I noticed what was going on, I made eye contact with one of the girls who was doing it. She was staring at me so intently that she wasn’t paying attention to where she was going and she actually walked right into a metal pole! I was laughing hysterically.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
I would advise people read the book, “5 Languages of Love”. This book identifies five different communication styles and helps you understand what your own personal communication is and the style you are receptive to. It’s a great book and I think a really important one too.