Ruben Studdard possesses the unique ability to straddle the worlds of contemporary and classic R&B, forming a distinctly timeless sound. Never has his velvety tenor been put to better use, however, than in his newest project Letters From Birmingham. With the title drawn from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s revered Letters From Birmingham Jail, Ruben’s own Letters draw deeply from the well of his own personal experience. Having seen many hardships and triumphs in his life and career, the prestigious former American Idol winner delivers a powerful, genuine, raw and brilliant expression of himself through music. From the poignant, mature optimism in the face of heartache he brings to the table with his lead single, “June 28th” to the sweet, soaring sensitivity of his inspired cover of the Bobby Brown smash hit, “Rock Witcha”, and a host of other emotions, rhythms, and melodies, Ruben has surely hit his artistic stride and is still climbing determinedly. The eleven-song set was produced by Elvis “Blac Elvis” Williams (Beyoncé, Fergie, T.I., Ludacris, Ciara) and Studdard’s longtime collaborator, Harold Lilly (who co-wrote Alicia Keys’ classic “You Don’t Know My Name” and who has collaborated with Luther Vandross, Fantasia and Angie Stone among others) and is sure to please both longtime and new generation fans with its superb soulfulness.
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