RUTH CARLIN, a singer-songwriter, was born in Brooklyn and has lived in and around New York City most of her life.  Growing up, her parents loved theatre (her mother is an actress) and they made it a priority for her to experience a variety of theatrical productions. 

 

In her 20s, Ruth studied acting and singing while performing in children's theatre and Off-Broadway shows.  After a few years, she fell in love and married.  She left NYC, and devoted herself to being a full-time mother to two wonderful children, singing them to sleep each night.  During that time, she wrote poetry and began writing songs, eventually participating in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop as a lyricist. 

 

Ruth’s passion to sing and communicate through song drew her back to cabaret performing.  She began going to open mics, reconnected with musical director Paul Greenwood  and resumed voice lessons with Marianne Challis. Her first solo show was in November of 2005 at Danny's Skylight Room, and a second show followed at The Laurie Beechman. Since then Ruth has performed regularly at The Duplex.

 

Ruth is at home singing folk, pop, musical theatre, standards and the songs of composers including Jacques Brel, James Taylor and Alec Wilder, as long as the song serves the purpose of communicating something true. She strives to get to the heart of a song, make it her own, and share it lovingly with her audience.