Brooklyn, New York native Nomi Ruiz first gained exposure as a singer/songwriter/recording artist with her debut release ’Lost In Lust’, a song-oriented downbeat electronic album steeped in the grittier ends of early-'90s hip-hop and R&B production — she has cited Mobb Deep and Mary J. Blige as inspirations.
After the album’s release she gained further exposure when she was asked to be one of the "NYC beauties" whose images were projected onto the backdrop of Antony and the Johnsons’ ‘TURNING’ performances. The show was taken on the road and she was featured in the ‘TURNING’ Film , which was based on the critically acclaimed tour of Europe.
She continued to promote ‘Lost In Lust’ by touring as support for Blondie’s Debbie Harry and CocoRosie until she linked with Nu-Disco and 90's house revivalist group Hercules and Love Affair.
On the debut album titled ‘Hercules and Love Affair’ she was featured on the songs ’You Belong’, ‘Hercules Theme’, and ‘I'm Telling You’. Pitchfork Media placed ‘Hercules Theme’ at #21 on their 100 Best Tracks list. She toured the world extensively with the band in support of the album, singing her song contributions as well as those of Antony Hegarty. The Guardian described Ruiz as "boasting the spookily effortless air of a future pop icon."
After a year on the road she returned to New York and began writing and collaborating with HALA band mates Andrew Raposo & Morgan Wiley under the alias Jessica 6 and created what would become ’See The Light’, an album combining dance and her natural R&B/Soul stylings.
She hit the world stage once again, working her way into the hearts of millions with the lead single ’White Horse’. The video, directed by Marco Ovando, reached 1.8 million views on YouTube and gained the attention of Diesel's artistic director & stylist Nicola Formichetti. Widely known for his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Nicola styled Nomi for her feature in V Magazine, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh, featured her in a provocative campaign film for Mugler Menswear titled ’Brothers Of Arcadia’ and used the songs ‘White Horse’ & ’Prisoner Of Love’ for that seasons runway show.
After an extensive world tour in support of ‘See The Light’, Nomi Ruiz was offered an artist residency, curated by Tim Goossens, at Alanna Heiss’ Clocktower Gallery, a legendary New York City alternative art space for exhibitions, performances, long-term and site-specific installations, and artist residencies.
For two months, Nomi installed herself in the Clocktower’s artist production studio. Located on the top floor of a 19th Century McKim, Mead & White building in Lower Manhattan, the Clocktower has presented work by some of the most important artists of our time, including Gordon Matta-Clark, Max Neuhaus, Lynda Benglis, Dennis Oppenheim, Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Laurie Anderson, David Tudor, Marina Abramovid, and Christian Marclay, among many others.
Upon entering the Clocktower’s production studio, Nomi began piecing together an album containing some of her most personal work. The result was the ’Borough Gypsy Mixtape’, a lo-fi cassette tape trip down memory lane, which used the grit of 90’s Hip Hop combined with Soul and acoustic folk elements. She collaborated with designer/stylist/artist Ava Sanjurjo to create an art installation where visitors were invited to sift through an apartment full of personal artifacts, art pieces, journals and photographs. Nomi also filmed and directed a series of video portrait’s titled ‘Borough Gypsy Muses’, which were set to each song of the album. Visitors could view the portraits while listening to the album and sifting through personal journals. She concluded her residency with a performance for the Times Square Alliance at BB Kings then toured the project in support of CocoRosie. A video for the single ’Life or C.R.E.A.M.’ was Directed by Gabriel Magdaleno and Produced by Rosalina Merrihue. The video, which featured Eddy Segal, was a tribute to the street walkers of New York’s meat packing district in the 90’s. Interview Magazine premiered it on their website.
Nomi is currently wrapping up production on a second Jessica 6 album in Greece where she now resides and has been collaborating with producer/remixer ELIOT. She also continues work on her R&B, Hip-Hop Soul material and is compiling songs for a later release.
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