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About Ruth Smith

1st Class Female Saxophonist with a Heavenly Serenading Sound! I've played 500+ events, including playing at the O2, UK & Carneige Hall, NY!
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British-Nigerian Gospel and Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Ruth has a passion for sharing her love of God & music through the saxophone. She has played across the world, gracing the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, the mountains of Ibiza & the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the UK. Ruth is accomplished on the alto, soprano & tenor saxophone, with a special preference for the soprano saxophone. Ruth plays a number of other instruments, including the clarinet and vocals. She has many years of teaching experience, which has included teaching in schools in London such as the prestigious Dwight School in London. With many years of experience playing and performing, you will not want to miss out on having the sound reach you!

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Ruth Smith's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Eleanor F
8 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Ruth’s performance at our SWITCH Launch event was nothing short of extraordinary. She played a variety of music from Black Origin, as per the given brief. How fortunate that she was playing and received amazing comments from the founder of the MOBO awards Kanya King. Ruth truly provided the ‘buzz’ and high energy I required for my event and I eagerly anticipate future performance from the exceptional musician. I also want to mention she has the most loveliest and warmest nature 😊

Reply from Ruth Smith
8 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was an honor to play at the event and any subsequent events!

Olatayo A
9 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

Ruth was amazing. She really classed up our event. Flexible as well. There was an Impromptu moment where she rose up to the occasion and performed brilliantly. Thank you Ruth. Hoping we do business again in the near future. God bless you.

Reply from Ruth Smith
8 months ago

Thank you, Tayo. I am truly grateful I was able to class up the wonderful party you put together to celebrate your beautiful wife. God bless you also!

From other customers:

Margret R
3 years ago

You are such a humble, talented person with an excellent music ministry. God's anointing poured out in abundance. I hope you come to play for us again! x

Sarah T
6 years ago

My husband and I got married in July 2018, and Ruth and Samson (SamRuth) were a true blessing on our wedding day. Their sensational duet performance left the audience in awe and was the perfect special item for our wedding ceremony. Their blend of jazz and gospel is uniquely presented and their passion for music and God beamed through the entire rendition. My husband and I were so overwhelmed by the majestic harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies they graced us with. Absolutely inspirational!

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Ruth Smith's Song list

Here are some of the songs that are a part of my repertoire:
Umbrella- Rihanna
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Calm down - Selena Gomez & Rema
For my hand - Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy
Diamonds - Rihanna
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Hey Ya! - Outkast
Grenade - Bruno Mars
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
If I ain't got you - Alicia Keys
Thinking out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Ain't Nobody - Shaka Khan
To be loved - Jackie Wilson
All my life - K-Ci & JoJo
All of Me - John Legend
Hips don't lie - Shakira
Wild Thoughts - Rihanna & DJ Kalid
Call me Everyday - Chris Brown & Wizkid
Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake
Maria Maria - Carlos Santana
Haley Reinhart - Can't Help Falling In Love
Say yes - Floetry
Love - Musiqsoul child
I wanna know - Joe
If ain’t got you - Alicia keys
Sweet love - Anita Baker
Best Part - H.E.R ft Daniel Caesar
So amazing - Luther Vandross
Difference - Genuwine
Nobody's Supposed to be Here - Deborah Cox
How deep is your love - PJ Morton
Can we talk - Teddy Cambell
Say my name - Destiny’s child
That’s the way love goes - Janet Jackson
September - Earth, wind and fire
Never too much - Luther Vandross
Rock with you - Micheal Jackson
All Night Long- Lionel Richie
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton
Royals - Lorde
Billionaire - Burno Mars
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Firework - Katy Perry
Low - Flo Rida & T Pain
Temperature - Sean Paul
Can You Stand the Rain - New Edition
Let's Get Married - Jagged Edge
Endless Love - Luther Vandross
My Boo - Usher & Alicia Keys
Superstar - Usher
Until the End of Time - Justin Timberlake
People - Libianca
African giant - Burna boy
Jara- Burna boy
23 - Burna boy
Gbona - Burna boy
Case - Teni
IF - Davido
Essence - Wizkid
Dangote - Burna boy
On the low - Burna boy
Reckless - Wizkid
Joro - Wizkid
Ginger - Wizkid ft Burna Boy
Soco - Wizkid
Mad over you - Runtown
Anybody - Burna boy
Ye - Bruna Boy
Jerusalema - Master KG
Buga Awon - Kizz Daniel
Ijo laba laba - Crayon
Last Last - Burna Boy
Stand strong - Davide ft Sunday service choir
Premier Gaou - Magic system
Ojuelegba - Wizkid
Toast - Koffee
Eh God - Kizz Daniel
Unavailable - Davido
Bandana - Fire Boy
It's plenty - Burna Boy
Cough - Kizz Daniel
Amapiano - Asake
Peru - Fireboy
Show me off - Ase
Ma Cherie - Ma Bien
Me & U - Tems
Nobody - Nissi
Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke
Omo Baba - SOP
Oh Happy Day - Sister Act
Ain't No Mountain - Sister Act
Ava Maria - Beyonce
Say Yes - Michelle Williams
Amazing Grace
Take me to the King - Tamela Mann
Nara - Tim Godfrey
My Redeemer Lives - Nicole C. Mullen
Blessings & Honour
Igwe - Midnight Crew
Good of God - Cece Winanas
Miracle no dey tire Jesus - Moses Bliss
Chosen Generation - Sinach
Waymaker - Sinach
Jireh - Limoblaze & Mavericks
All the way - Tosin Bee
Never Would Have Made It - Marvin Sapp
This Year - Victor Thomson
Killin' Me Softly - Fugees
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
One Love - Bob Marley
Everybody - Anthony Hamilton
Toast - Kofee

Ruth Smith's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£350
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£500
Up to 3 hours£600
Church Only
Includes travel with 50 miles & PA Equipment (where needed)
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run-up to the event just let me know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 hour before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes that's fine, and song suggestions are also an option.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically. If you have equipment that is also an option.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, that's fine and included in the price.
Jazz, Pop, African music, Afrobeat, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Christmas
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Church service, Private event, Charity event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Theatre / Show, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Lyricist, Songwriter, Composer, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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