Reuben Richards is a singer with all the right credentials to interpret and deliver some great soul classics on the international stage.
He and his band Soul Train are regulars on the prestigious London club circuit. and next weekend they are special guests at Annabel's Cabaret on the Barbican at Plymouth.
Born in the Caribbean, Reuben was brought up in the UK and became absorbed by the Stax, Atlantic and Motown records he heard on the radio and, later, in the clubs.
He considers himself a musical sponge, soaking up the sounds of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Al Green – all of whom have influenced the slick style he demonstrates in his own right.
Classics, like Sweet Soul Music, are standards in his repertoire, but Reuben is a songwriter and composer too. Currently assigned to Jigsaw Music and Frontier Promotions, he is now working on an album of original songs, produced by Dave Williams.
Reuben also travels worldwide and has recently returned from a string of gigs across the United States, and is about to perform at a special event in Africa.
He has appeared on stage with Ike Turner, Steve Cropper, Dr John and Chris Farlowe. He has also worked with noted international band leader Otis Grand, himself described by Guitarist Magazine as one of the top 50 blues guitarists of all time.
Otis said of Reuben: "Man, you got soul, you got blues." Sounds like a great recommendation.