Ruby Frost

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Ruby Frost
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Background information
Birth name Jane de Jong
Born 1987
Wellington, New Zealand
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Pop, electronic
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels Universal Music
Associated acts Mt Eden, The X Factor NZ,
Flight of the Conchords
Website Official site

Ruby Frost (born 1987) (born Jane de Jong) is a New Zealand pop recording artist from Auckland, New Zealand. In 2009, she won the nationwide music competition MTV 42Unheard, giving her a recording contract with Universal Music New Zealand.[1] Since then she has performed showcases at CMJ in New York and The Viper Room in LA;[2] toured with Mt Eden, Cut Copy, Evermore and Van She;[3] and opened for acts including Diplo, Nero, Kimbra, Digitalism and Garbage.[4] She was one of the four judges in season one of The X Factor NZ,[5] and was the runner-up mentor when her act Whenua Patuwai came second in the competition.[6]

Early singles[edit]

In December 2011, Ruby Frost released her debut single "Moonlight" on bFM, which went to #1 and stayed in the radio station's top 10 for 10 consecutive weeks.[7] The accompanying video was directed by Veronica Crockford-Pound.[8]

Ruby Frost's song "O That I Had" (off her debut, self-released EP) was remixed by Mt Eden in 2010, receiving over one million views on YouTube[9]

Songwriting competitions[edit]

In 2010, Ruby won the Grand Prize of the Pop category in the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest: Section I. This was for her demo "Hazy".[10]

Ruby also came in third place in the Pop/Top 40 category of the International Songwriting Competition (2011), for "Hazy".[11]

In 2012, Ruby's song "Water to Ice" was shortlisted in the Top 20 for the NZ APRA Silver Scrolls.[12]

2012 releases[edit]

Debut album[edit]

Frost's debut album Volition was produced in New York by Chris Zane and was released in New Zealand on 8 June 2012 by Universal Music New Zealand.[13] Physical copies of the album came complete with abstract short stories written by Ruby.[14]

The album was critically well received.

Singles[edit]

Ruby released "Water to Ice" in New Zealand in April 2012.[15] The single was playlisted by New Zealand mainstream radio stations The Edge and ZM, and peaked at #3 in The Official New Zealand Music Chart's NZ Singles category.[16] The single's video clip was directed by Joel Kefali and Campbell Smith of Special Problems, and was featured on the frontpage of Vimeo as a Staff Pick on 8 August.[17]

Her next single "Young" was released in New Zealand in September 2012, with a video clip made by Sam Kristofski. Home Brew Crew remixed the song, and it charted in the The Edge's Fat 40 for two months, sparking off a national house party tour that the radio station sponsored (along with Vodafone and Glassons).[18]

Ruby also featured on the Flight of the Conchords single "Feel Inside", which was released to raise money for children's charity Cure Kids.[19]

In 2013, Ruby co-wrote 'The Wire', the second single on David Dallas's album "Falling Into Place". She also sang guest vocals on his song 'The Gate'.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Details NZ Music Charts
NZ Albums Albums
2012 Volition
  • Released: 25 June 2012
  • Label: Universal Music NZ
  • Producer: Chris Zane
4 24

Singles[edit]

Year Single NZ Music Charts
NZ Singles
Singles


[20]

2012 "Water to Ice" 3
"Young" 6
"Feel Inside (Flight Of The Conchords)" 1 1
2013 "The Wire" (David Dallas featuring Ruby Frost) 2 11

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