Up and coming artist Rufus, is a fresh face bringing a refreshing sound to Canadian R&B music. Along with being an artist Rufus is an entrepreneur, a graduated Child and Youth Worker and an award winning Youth Mentor in his community. Between music and his youth work Rufus strives to use his music as a medium to bridge the gap between youth and elders with his music being the catalyst for change and the voice of reason and positivity.
In early 2014 Rufus released his first full length album entitled Growing Pains. Suitably named, the album is a collection of songs taking listeners through an intimate life journey of the experiences from being a young boy to becoming a man. From love gained to love lost, drug addiction to being free of demons, depression to happiness. Lyrically there is a story everyone can relate too and sonically there are sounds to please everyone’s ears. The first single off the album, Hold On Me gained outstanding buzz amongst online blogs and DJ’s around the world. “Confessions” was released in the UK and it hit #11 on the UK Independent Soul charts.
“You always remember the first time hearing that understated record which helps propel an emerging artist. If you’re an R&B fan, this is that record from Rufus.” – When the Beat Drops
Rufus is back in the studio gearing up to release his second album entitled, Gone But Not Forgotten. This body of work is Rufus taking responsibility for his shortcomings while standing strong for what he feels is right. From messy relationships, the loss of his best friend to the constant inner battle with faith and religion, Rufus bares it all. Through the process of writing this album Rufus realized that these experiences made him the man he is today. Although he has been able to come up from poverty to live a grateful life he hasn’t forgotten where he has come from.
Throughout his career Rufus has humbly worked with award winning producers Markus Kane (Shania Twain, Serena Ryder), Slakah The Beat Child (Drake) and has shared the stage with many Canadian musical icons such as Wade O Brown, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Classified, Kim Davis, Classified, Son Real, Glenn Lewis, Shad and many more. Rufus continually works with top musicians and producers which challenge him to grow rhythmically and lyrically to create meaningful music without jeopardizing who he is as an artist and more importantly a person.