Rufus John, the Canadian-Caribbean Artist from Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario, has been bringing refreshing sounds and vocals to the Canadian R&B/Soul music scene professionally since 2014. His new approach to old soul allows him to embrace the best of the two worlds; the edginess of today’s music and the steadfast emotion of Motown. The result is a funky, fresh sound layered over an old soul backdrop, a slick fusion that can only be described as irrefutably undeniable. He also has managed to successfully encapsulate being a well-rounded entrepreneur, a graduated Child and Youth Worker and an Award Winning Youth Mentor in his community.
Rufus is currently working on his follow up to his 2014 sophomore album “Growing Pains”. The new album is titled “Gone But Not Forgotten” and it’s slated to be released on Rufus’s imprint Urban X Entertainment in early summer of 2018. The album explores subjects like forgiveness, mourning, love, celebration and acceptance. This comes after the passing of his childhood friend whilst paying homage to his neighbourhood Kingscourt. Sonically, the album will mostly have elements of Soul & R&B but will feature undertones of hip hop, jazz and gospel music. With the album raring in motion to be released, Rufus still finds time to operate a mentorship initiative called “Music Is My Weapon” for the youth in his community. Over the years the ongoing project has been recognized for their contributions to the artistic culture within the region and has gone on to win The Bernice Adam’s Award (Performance Category) & a Region of Waterloo Arts Award (Mentors Category).
In the tradition of many renowned R&B musicians, Rufus began singing with the church at the age of 6. Born in Toronto, ON, raised in a West Indian Caribbean household he was exposed to and highly influenced by many of the music legends of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Throughout his high school years, he continued to sculpt his vocal and performance talents as the lead singer in a cover band. This led to Rufus experimenting in song writing, creating a library of life chronicles. He found it very therapeutic to channel his personal and challenging life experiences into heartfelt lyrics and songs.
With Rufus’s fan base growing steadily and seeing his hard work advantageously pay off. Rufus is preparing to step things up to give his fans more of an inside peak to his life and musical journey through the Gone But Not Forgotten Docu-Series. The mini docu-series will highlight his life as a father, entrepreneur, a mentor and of course, as an artist.
The life and talent of Rufus John personally and professionally is in an upward movement affecting everyone that encounters his musical genius. Whether on stage performing for the masses or giving back through his musically inspired youth mentorship program, his overall vision is to be a beacon of light for those coming up. It has become exciting to see when his enthusiasts are able to understand their story through his soulful truths, ultimately inspiring those around him. Needless to say, anyone who spends the time to listen to his art, will inevitably fall in love with Rufus John.