Ruby Frost

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Ruby Frost
Background information
Birth nameJane de Jong
Born1987 (age 36–37)
Wellington, New Zealand
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
Years active2008–present
LabelsUniversal Music
WebsiteOfficial site

Jane de Jong (born 1987), known professionally as Ruby Frost, is a New Zealand singer and songwriter from Auckland. 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.[citation needed]


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 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 was also featured on the Flight of the Conchords single "Feel Inside", which was released to raise money for the 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'.[citation needed]

In 2014, she released her first single from her time in Stockholm - "Comeback Queen".[20]

In May 2018, the Manuwatu Standard reported that Frost is still working on a second studio album.[21]



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


Year Title NZ Charts
NZ Singles
Top 40
2010 "Moonlight" Volition
2011 "Odyssey"
2012 "Water to Ice" 3
"Young" 6
"Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)" Flight of the Conchords charity single 1 1 Non-album single
2013 "The Wire" (David Dallas featuring Ruby Frost) 2 11 Falling Into Place
2014 "Comeback Queen" Non-album single
2021 "Never Be Your Baby" Non-album single


  1. ^ Scoop. "42Unheard winner". Scoop. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  2. ^ New Music: Ruby Frost - One Trick Pony | One Trick Pony
  3. ^ "RUBY FRÖST - Events - Facebook". Facebook.
  4. ^ "RUBY FRÖST - Videos - Facebook". Facebook.
  5. ^ "Melanie Blatt, Ruby Frost to judge X Factor NZ". 3 News. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Jackie Thomas wins X Factor NZ". 3 News. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Ruby Frost - Moonlight EP Review". 9 March 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2021. Her debut single Moonlight charted in the bFM Top 10 for 10 weeks straight
  8. ^ YouTube. "Moonlight". Moonlight video. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  9. ^ Ruby Frost and Mt. Eden - Oh That I Had. YouTube. 1 December 2010.
  10. ^ JLSC. "JLSC Winners". Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  11. ^ "International Songwriting Competition - The #1 Song Contest for Songwriters".
  12. ^ "Top 20 NZ songs of the past year revealed". The New Zealand Herald.
  13. ^ "Ruby Frost's sparkling debut (+audio)". The New Zealand Herald.
  14. ^ "Ruby Frost - Of Her Own Free Will". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Volition". iTunes. January 2012.
  16. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  17. ^ "Vimeo on Twitter". Twitter.
  18. ^ "Ruby Frost Flat Party".
  19. ^ "Red Nose Day Comedy For Cure Kids - Shows - TV3".
  20. ^, ZM |. "Ruby Frost - Comeback Queen". ZM. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Pop star Ruby Frost visits Palmerston North Girls' High for songwriting class". 15 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Discography Ruby Frost". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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