Growing up in the Ruffin family could be a little daunting.
Motown legend David Ruffin, the lead singer for The Temptations ("My Girl") who went on to record successfully in the soul and R&B markets, was the grandfather of emerging R&B artist, Marquise Ruffin (aka Marqx). David's oldest brother, Jimmy Ruffin, had soul/R&B hits in the 60's & 70's as well ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"). Though Jimmy & David grew up singing gospel songs in their Mississippi home, Marquise Ruffin did not find his voice until the age of 17. Marqx was a toddler when his grandfather passed, and he grew up hearing all the stories/legends about his grandfather. Considerable talent has been passed on to Marquise Ruffin.
Marqx has learned to channel love, conflicts, pain, happiness & achievements into his songs. Marqx told me that his music is an opportunity to connect with people of all ages & backgrounds.
Often we see pressure on younger generations to live up to the mystique of their forefathers. Marqx seems to be headed in a promising direction & he's producing music in a progressive market, making it easy to share his music with listeners. He taught himself to play the piano, produced a variety of pop, R&B and jazz songs and continues to write and record.
It will be interesting to chat with Marqx this Saturday & inquire about the influences of his grandfather & great-uncle. I invite you to hear Marqx' story & enjoy his latest recordings.
Check out Marqx this Saturday:
May 2 at 1:00 p.m. CST
You are invited to call in & talk to Marqx (number is on the show page)
Here's the show link:
Where can you find Marquise Ruffin?
Marqx on Facebook: Marquise Ruffin
This is the important link to hear his music (Hurt So Bad is beautiful!)
My Music Nuggets of the Day:
This is one of my favorite songs by The Temptations
Jimmy Ruffin, David's brother, sings this marvelous song (this song honestly came on the radio while I was posting this blog!)
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