Life through music

2010-11-05 00:00

“PEOPLE can’t live without air, I can’t live without music,” says Ruby Gill (15) about her new album, Breathing in C-Minor. “C-major is the easiest chord to play on a piano, but life isn’t that easy — so it’s in C-minor.”

There’s an air of intrigue about this young singer-songwriter, whose musical and vocal ability belie her age. The songs carry a depth of emotion in their delivery, which she admits has caused “lots of tears” among her friends.

“It’s all my life experiences put into songs. Sometimes I’m the only one who gets them,” she quips.

Her parents play an integral part in Ruby’s life and musical career. She cites her mother as the main musical influence, while her step-father has been managing the process of her musical debut.

The album, which was recorded at Arise Studios in Hilton, was launched to massive applause and a standing ovation at The Wykeham Collegiate on Saturday night.

On a stage scattered with ruby roses, the singer-songwriter, seated behind a black grand piano, performed six of the 11 tracks on her new album and then threw in a previously unreleased track When You’re Not Around as an encore­.

The musicians who accompany Ruby include Luke Wyngard from Martizburg College, Bryce Breeds and Daniel du Plessis from St Charles College, Martin Gill from Epworth Primary and Lisa-Clare Garden, a teacher at The Wykeham Collegiate, with Sizo Makhathini, Nandi Khuzwayo and Nicole Gurney from The Wykeham Collegiate.

Ruby contributed 10% of album sales from the night to Asiza Futhi, a Pietermaritzburg-based charity that cares for HIV-positive children — with which The Wykeham Collegiate­ has a longstanding relationship­.

* For more on Ruby, visit her website at or check out her Facebook page.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.