Born into a volatile world of corruption and hardship in post-Communist Eastern Europe, Ruth endured a difficult childhood largely spent without her mother. After finding salvation in the classics (Marvin Gaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole) she became 'tour-hardened' by jaunts to far-flung destinations such as India and Thailand.
Inspired by era-defining artists Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Ruth manages to tip her hat to the classics, while still saying something new and pushing the boundaries. Eric Lau's 'Turn This Around' Remix is a beautifully seductive piece of work. Featuring a snappy drum sound and Koleva's characteristically soulful vocal, it's a track that already feels like a classic in the making.
Having already won support from iconic, established artists such as Mark Ronson and Andreya Triana, Koleva is certainly one to keep an eye on. If you had no idea of the musical gifts that Bulgaria has to offer, 2014 is the year that Ruth Koleva will make you sit up and pay attention.