Singer/Song writer Ruth Thomas has released a CD called Heaven Direct.
Heaven Direct, a collection of 7 songs which show her versatility as a singer/songwriter. On Heaven Direct, Ruth is joined by pianist John Hamilton, who also sings on the track If you come to Jesus. She is also joined by a group of children for the Song of the Robin.
Ruth is bursting with a desire to share the joy of the Christian message with us all, but especially with the people Wales. The opening track, Easter Mary, is a vibrant reworking of the tune CALON LAN by John Hughes. Here we have a stark reminder of Mary’s suffering as she remembers her son, Jesus, carrying his own cross. Ruth is eager to share what she sees in her visions, and she offers The Cross is raised as a revival song for Wales. In O Mary, where is your baby Ruth enters into the agony of Mary as she remembers the baby once cradled in her arms – the son she now sees in such torment. Of miracles, Ruth quite simple writes that she believes in them. She is eager to share how her life has been blessed in marvellous and unexpected ways. In I believe in miracles she sings of how her life has been touched and renewed time after time. Ruth does not shy away from dealing with difficult theological questions and, in the Song of the Robin, she addresses the problem of talking to children about Easter joy without losing sight of the harrowing events of the crucifixion.
As the daughter of black lay-preachers Ruth spent her childhood singing in her Father’s Pentecostal church. She shows her African-Caribbean legacy in her versatility over a wide range of styles including jazz, calypso and soul. Her genuinely soulful music brings to mind the great gospel singers of the past. The vibrancy of her message – supported by exceptionally clear diction – is made all the more moving by the simplicity of the arrangements which on all but one of the seven tracks are voice and piano alone. In Ruth’s songs we find a freshness which, added to the fine hymn singing tradition of Wales, gives warmth to any heart.
Heaven Direct can be purchased from http://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/products/Ruthie_Thomas/Heaven_Direct/120540/