Ruby Friedman

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Ruby Friedman
RFO photo by Kent Geib
RFO photo by Kent Geib
Background information
BornUnited States
GenresRock, alternative, jazz, country, blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, ukulele, whistling
Years active2009 — present

Ruby Friedman is an American singer/songwriter/composer, with roots in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles. She is the leader of the Ruby Friedman Orchestra.[1][2]


The Ruby Friedman Orchestra has been in studio in New Orleans, in New York City with Josh Valleau at The Glass Wall, with Peter Malick [3] at OCL Studios [4] in Calgary, and at his studio in Los Angeles. Final recording, production and mixing were done by Alex Elena[5] and Topher Mohr[6] at Beethoven Studios in Culver City. The band released their debut album, Gem on November 11, 2016.[7] The first single from the album I'm Not Your Friend was released in June 2016[8]

Late 2019 Ruby Friedman was in the studio recording with legend Mitchell Froom for her upcoming release entitled Late Afternoon Highs. The single entitled “Teardrop Trailer” has been released and first premiered on KCSN by DJ Nic Harcourt on radio and in online media.

The version of "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive",[9] was featured in the Season Five finale of Justified. Graham Yost, creator and Executive Producer of the series, discussed the use of the Ruby Friedman version in the show.[10]

Her version of the song[11] was also selected for use in the Emmy-winning Reveal[12] documentary, The Dead Unknown,[13][14][15] an investigative report on a 1969 cold case regarding the disappearance and murder of a young woman, in Harlan, Kentucky, in June 1969.

In late 2015, The Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning Amazon Studios TV show Transparent selected the arrangement featuring her vocals on the Gina Villalobos/Eric Colvin[16] produced version[17] of the Sly and the Family Stone hit Family Affair for use in the trailer[18] promoting the launch of Season 2.

In 2015, Ruby Friedman performed the vocals on the song, Hunt You Down[19] for the CLIO award-winning[20] advertising campaign for the launch of the Sony PS4 game, Bloodborne.[21][22][23][24] The song is a collaboration with The Hit House Music,[25] and was written by Scott Miller and William Hunt. It was recorded by Wyn Davis[26] in Los Angeles, and by Ruby Friedman at Word of Mouth Recording Studios in New Orleans. The Petrol Advertising campaign using the song won the Golden Trailer Award for best Video Game TV Spot.[27] The song was released as a single in conjunction with availability of the game.[28]

In March 2015, the EP, Song of the Demimonde was released, containing 7 tracks of her most-requested cover material. "House of the Rising Sun", the last song on the EP,> was recorded at Word of Mouth Recording Studios in New Orleans with New Orleans piano player Tom McDermott,[29] and Smashing Pumpkins violinist, Ysanne Spevack.[30]

She has also performed with McDermott, and Ysanne Spevack, in New Orleans,[31] Emmy Award and Grammy Award-nominated TV series Treme),[32][33][34] In both April 2015 and 2016, she performed at Buffa's and at the Lagnaippe Stage for Jazzfest[35] with McDermott and others.[36]

She has been retained by the estate of 20th Century Academy Award film song composer Harry Warren[37] to re-imagine and record some of the extensive Harry Warren catalog. The catalog consists of hundreds of songs, from Academy Award winners to unfinished works in process. Several of these recordings, "Rose Tattoo", "Ungrateful Heart", and "Welcome to the Party" are included on the Song of the Demimonde EP.

In 2014, Ruby Friedman was commissioned to perform two songs, including the title track, on a tribute album, Life, honoring the life and music of Tarka Cordell,[38] (produced by Alex Elena). Other contributing vocalists on the album include Lily Allen, Imani Coppola, and Evan Dando.

Her original songs have been selected for promotional use on NBC and have been licensed internationally for continued use in the Got Talent franchise. Her songs or vocals have also been licensed for use by Fox Sports and numerous movie and video game trailers, recently in 2017 trailers for the film Marshall and Netflix miniseries Godless. The original song, Drowned, was also featured in Season Three of the television show Sons of Anarchy. She composed extensive original score for the 2018 World Cup special Phenoms on Fox Sports. She was commissioned to compose and perform the official theme song for author Kim Michele Richardson's New York Times bestseller The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek to be used in various advertising platforms and future media. She has recently been co-writing compositions for the upcoming Wynonna Judd album. Her original music is regularly supported by KCRW as well many other independent radio stations.

Ruby Friedman Orchestra has toured with Brian Wilson and Jeff Bridges She has also provided live backup vocals for many legends as well including Donovan and Heart. When in Los Angeles, she has headlined at the House of Blues,[39] The Troubadour,[40] The Viper Room,[41] Hotel Café, Los Globos,[42] Echoplex,[43] and Pershing Square. She has made numerous invited guest appearances, including performances with Bernard Fowler, with Grammy Award nominee Scott Healy,[44] with the Jeff Goldblum [45] jazz ensemble, and at many events at the Sayers Club.[46] She performed an acoustic invitation only show, at the Turn Gallery in Soho,[47] accompanied by Imani Coppola,[48] Matthew Steer, Maiya Sykes, Ben Crippin Taylor, and Conor Brendan.[49]


Release date Title Label
2011 "Drowned" (Single) Self-released
2014 "Life" (Single) Room 609 Records
2014 "Home or Out of Range" (Single) Room 609 Records
2014 "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" (Single) Self-released
2015 "Song of the Demimonde" (EP) Self-released
2015 "Hunt You Down" (Single) The Hit House
2016 "I'm Not Your Friend" (Single) Self-released
2016 Gem (Album) Pulchrum
2016 "House of the Rising Sun (feat. Tom McDermott & Ysanne Spevack)"' (Single) Self-released
2018 "Un4GvN” (feat. Two Beards)" (Single) Two Beards Productions
2019 “Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” (Single) Pulchrum
2019 "Journey On A Bullet" (feat. Gentleman Alchemists) (single) Pulchrum
2019 “Teardrop Trailer” Mothership Music


  1. ^ Ruby Friedman Orchestra official site
  2. ^ Ruby Friedman Orchestra Published Music
  3. ^ Peter Malick website
  4. ^ Dan Owen's OCL Studio website
  5. ^ Alex Elena official site
  6. ^ Topher Mohr Official Site
  7. ^ Digital Journal Article
  8. ^ Pop Matters Review \
  9. ^ You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive Video
  10. ^ Graham Yost EW Justified Season 5 Post-Mortem
  11. ^ You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive Video
  12. ^ Reveal CIR Main Site
  13. ^ Dead Unknown Part 1 Mountain Jane Doe
  14. ^ The Dead Unknown Part 2 The Exhumation
  15. ^ The Dead Unknown Part 3 What Secrets Lie Beneath
  16. ^ Feverpitch Web Site
  17. ^ Family Affair Stream
  18. ^ Official Amazon Studio Transparent Season 2 Trailer
  19. ^ Hunt You down - single
  20. ^ CLIO Key Art Awards
  21. ^ Bloodborne Official site
  22. ^ Bloodborne YouTube PS4 30 Second The Hunt Begins TV Commercial
  23. ^ HitHouse Soundcloud Bloodborne Hunt You Down 30 second mix
  24. ^ Bloodborne YouTube PS4 90 second Cut You Down (The Hunt Begins) trailer
  25. ^ The Hit House official site
  26. ^ Total Access Recording Page
  27. ^ Award Winners List
  28. ^ Hunt You down - single
  29. ^ Tom McDermott Official Page
  30. ^ Ysanne Spevack Official Page
  31. ^ HBO Treme Official Site
  32. ^ Tom McDermott Official Page
  33. ^ St Louis Article Archived 2013-11-01 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ Ysanne Spevack Official Page
  35. ^ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Official Page
  36. ^ Aurora Nealand Official Page
  37. ^ Harry Warren Music website
  38. ^ Tarka Music official site
  39. ^ House of Blues official site
  40. ^ The Troubadour Official site
  41. ^ The Viper Room Official site
  42. ^ Club Los Globos Official site
  43. ^ The Echo Official site
  44. ^ Scott Healy Official Page
  45. ^ Jeff Goldblum at the Rockwell website
  46. ^ SBE Sayers Club official site
  47. ^ Turn Gallery Official site
  48. ^ Imani Coppola official site
  49. ^ Conor Brendan Reverbnation site


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