By Roadtrip Nation

Ruby Amanfu



My road in life has been direct.
I was born in Accra, Ghana, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with my family when I was about three years old.
I was an introverted child and would spend most of my time writing songs and listening to music.
I went to a magnet high school with a premiere fine arts program that gave me access to incredibly supportive teachers and an on-site studio where I could record my own songs.
My friends and mentors, Dave and Becky Matthews, saw potential in me and funded my whole first album, which I recorded in high school.
I moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music but transferred to a college back in Nashville after a year because my album had been released and was gaining traction back home.
I got my first publishing deal and record deal at 19, so I officially left school to give my full attention to my professional career.
I wrote a hit single, “Sugah,” which led to me being signed to a co-venture between popular record labels—the co-venture fell apart after the release of my second album and I came back home.
My friend Sam Brooker and I started writing and recording songs together—we really hit it off, decided to perform together as Sam & Ruby, and landed a record deal!
Keep following my journey


High School



I'm a singer and songwriter.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

I'm a huge supporter of arts programs in school. Middle school and high school were where I started really expressing my talents in singing and songwriting. Having access to great arts programs and fully participating in those programs was the foundation for my career.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Why should anyone care about my music? I'm not anybody."

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress