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Born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York, side by side with the rebellious growth of Hip-Hop, Nomi Ruiz began composing songs around Hip-Hop heavy street samples at the age of 12. Her velvety vocals, personal lyrical content and dark, yet colorful, melody lines found refuge in these raw arrangements, creating a unique brand of soul music. Her 2005 debut album ‘Lost In Lust’ was compared to a union between Sade on vocals with The Rza on beats. She found herself on tour with Debbie Harry and would grow to be part of a movement of artists who have changed the landscape of contemporary music.

Her guest appearance on Andrew Butler’s Nu-Disco and 90's house project Hercules and Love Affair catapulted Nomi to the world stage. She was featured on the songs ’You Belong’ and ‘Hercules Theme’ which she also co-wrote. 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 and The Guardian described Ruiz as "boasting the spookily effortless air of a future pop icon.”

After a year on the road she formed the band Jessica 6, creating what would become ’See The Light’, an album combining dance and her natural R&B/Soul stylings which was released by Peacefrog Records. The album once again showcased Nomi’s personal approach to songwriting with heart wrenching songs such as ‘Prisoner of Love’ & ‘Not Anymore’.

Madonna would later go on to credit Jessica 6 as one of the influences for her MDNA album. The lead single ’White Horse’ received over 2 million hits on YouTube, gaining the attention of Diesel's artistic director Nicola Formichetti. Widely known for his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Nicola featured Nomi in a provocative campaign film for Mugler Menswear titled ’Brothers Of Arcadia’ and used the songs ‘White Horse’ & ’Prisoner Of Love’ for Mugler’s runway show. He also styled her for a feature in V Magazine, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh, where she opened up about her life as a transgender female in the music industry. “I’ve never really wanted to talk about it,” says Nomi “I wasn’t denying or hiding it, but I wanted to focus on my music. I’m super proud of who I am, but I’m an artist first.”

Her candid interview opened more doors. She was selected to be one of OUT Magazines 100 most influential people, performed for the It Gets Better Campaign, has graced the stage of Pride events worldwide and Nomi was also asked to be one of 13 beauties whose images were projected onto the backdrop of Mercury Prize winner, Antony and the Johnsons’ ‘TURNING’ performances. She was the face of the tour campaign, and was featured in the ‘TURNING’ Film , as well as the Times Square Arts Midnight Moments installation where Nomi’s image was one of many presented on all screens.

In 2013 Nomi was offered an artist residency, curated by Tim Goossens, at Alanna Heiss’ Clocktower Gallery, a legendary New York City art space for exhibitions and performances which has presented work by some of the most important artists of our time, including Patti Smith and Marina Abramovic.

This gave Nomi an opportunity to exhibit more of her documentary songwriting style. She began piecing together an album containing some of her most personal work. The result was ’Borough Gypsy’, 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. The album was revealed at the Clocktower gallery where visitors could sift through diaries, videos and personal artifacts from Nomi’s life while listening to the album. A video for the song ’Life or C.R.E.A.M.’ premiered on Interview Magazine and her residency ended with a performance at B.B. Kings for the Times Square Art Alliance.

This year Nomi has expanded her fan base by pairing her skills as a vocalist and Tech House DJ to perform for fans in Chile, Colombia, New York City for couture jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. and most recently Guangzhou, China where she played at the after party for Kris Van Assche’s Dior Homme men’s wear presentation.

She is now preparing to release the next Jessica 6 EP and is also completing work on her Sophomore solo album.




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