Ruby landed a role as a singer on the roster of
PinkLady's Star Productions Company, CA. She has performed in the company's
shows such as the 2015 Star Search at the Barnsdall Gallery Hollywood and 2016
Razzle Dazzle Broadway at The Whitefire Theatre, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Ruby has performed in other venues around Southern
California such as the WinterHawk Winery Festival in Napa Valley, the Courtyard
Marriott Hotel in Fairfield, and the former NYX Club in Glendale.
In May 2013, Ruby successfully completed a 3-month
singing engagement in a 5-star hotel in Thailand. She sang blues & R&B
music and entertained diverse audiences from around the world. In February
2011, Ruby completed a 3-month singing engagement in a 5-Star hotel in Japan.
Ruby and her Blues Band performed in Barack Obama's
2009 Presidential Inaugural Unity Ball at the historic Willard Hotel in
Washington, DC. In 2008, she successfully completed a 6-month singing
engagement in a 5-Star resort in Pattaya Beach, Thailand. She performed blues,
jazz, and R&B for diverse audiences from all around the world.
The United States Armed Forces Entertainment selected
The Ruby Hayes Jazz & Blues Band out of 100's of bands around the country
to entertain and uplift the spirits of the troops along the Caribbean Circuit,
Puerto Rico and Honduras, during February and March 2006.
Ruby began writing her own original songs in 2006 and
relocated from the Washington, DC area to Los Angeles, CA in 2009 where she
recorded a new CD consisting of 8 of her songs. The album titled "Solitary
Blues" was released in November 2014.
A veteran performer, Ruby headlined shows all around
the Washington, DC metropolitan area prior to relocating to the West Coast. She
was a Headliner in the San Diego 2004 Adams Avenue Street Fair Festival, the
largest free festival in Southern California. She has opened shows for
international artists such as, James Cotton (former harp player for Muddy
Waters) Vernon Garrett, Ray, Goodman, & Brown, the late Little Milton, The
Four Tops and Cab Calloway III.
The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) nominated
her "Best Blues Vocalist" 2002. WAMA also nominated her CD, "Ruby's Blues" as
"Best Blues Recording 2003." Her CD "Ruby's Blues" won The Recording Academy's
CD Contest. She was a 2002 grant recipient of the DC Commission of Arts and
Humanities and a 2003 grant recipient of Jim B.E.A.M. Music. In year 2003, WETA
TV, Channel 26 featured her as a Washington DC-based blues artist in the
advertisements for "The Blues" produced by Martin Scorsese. Other 2003
television appearances include Montgomery Community Television and Prince
Georges Community Television. In 2005, she performed in the Washington, DC
Blues Festival, "Divas Stir up the Blues" held at the Carter Baron
Ruby started singing at age 14 leading a gospel choir
in her hometown of Plumerville, Arkansas. She toured numerous towns around
Arkansas before she moved to Washington, DC in the early 1970's. In Washington,
DC she made her professional singing debut at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel as part
of the Al Martinez jazz combo. Later she honed her skills in a rhythm and blues
band called the Exclusives and performed in military officers clubs and major
hotel ballrooms around the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In 1975 Ruby
started her own jazz and blues band and she performed up and down the East
Coast from New York to Florida and made television appearances on WJLA, Channel
7, and WDCA, Channel 20 in Washington, DC.
Ruby is known for her upbeat, interactive performance
style which includes occasional sing-a-longs. When not performing in the top
clubs & festivals, she performs her own original one-woman musical play,
"Ruby Hayes Sings Bessie's Blues" in regional theaters. For more information,