There’s a budding pop heartthrob stepping in! – The Manila Times

March 18, 2019

MJ MARFORI

He’s jet setting around the world at 16! And landing in Manila straight from Los Angeles, London-born and Sydney-raised singer-songwriter Ruel greeted In The Know with bright eyes and so much energy.

“This is my first tour in Asia and I’m so happy to be here to meet everybody — specially my fans I connect with online.”

Shortly after releasing his 2017 breakthrough single, “Don’t Tell Me,” Ruel [pronounced as “Rool”] emerged as one of the most exciting new recording artists and live performers in the world.

Things began to skyrocket for Ruel upon the release of Don’t Tell Me. He was invited to perform on Australian radio station Triple J’s “Like A Version,” where he sang a stripped-down version of “Golden Years” and a cover of Jack Garratt’s “Weathered.” The jaw-dropping performance showcased this whiz kid’s dazzling voice and the video quickly became one of the most-viewed Like a Version performances of the year after receiving over half a million plays in just 48 hours.

Not long after the release of “Don’t Tell Me,” Ruel was invited to write with Julia Stone, which led them to join the rest of Angus & Julia Stone on their sold-out Australian tour. In the same year, Elton John requested an interview with Ruel for his radio show on Beats 1, praising him, “You have the most amazing voice that I’ve ever heard from a male singer at 14 years of age and it’s quite incredible.”

Elton even gave him a life lesson that he takes to heart. “He said that I should always surround myself with the right people. I am putting that to heart. It’s crucial for success.”

Ruel was then invited to support Khalid on his Australia/New Zealand tour, performing to more than 5,000 people a night.

“Ready,” his debut EP which amassed over 100 million global streams and features standout singles “Don’t Tell Me,” “Dazed & Confused,” “Younger” and “Not Thinkin’ Bout You,” all of which have been propelling Ruel on a swift rise in the music scene.

Singer-songwriter Ruel.

The video for EP track Younger caught fire and has enjoyed over 5.5 million views since its release in August, with Younger, Dazed & Confused, and Don’t Tell Me all certified Gold in Australia. He also has active fans now in South American and Russia as well as here in Asia. Having wrapped 2018 on a major high, Ruel became the youngest recipient in history to win the prestigious Aria Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” He then performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, released a remix of EP track “Not Thinkin’ Bout You” featuring Grammy-nominated rapper GoldLink, performed at Tyler The Creator’s “Camp Flog Gnaw” festival, and completed very own sold out “Ready World Tour” through North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK.

For those who get to hear Ruel for the first time, they often think of him as Justin Bieber’s doppelgänger and oftentimes pegged to be Shawn Mendes’ prodigy. While flattered by the tags, he honestly expressed he’d rather skip the comparisons.

“I’m Ruel and want to be my own [a[artist]nd be appreciated for what I put out and my skills in making music and lyrics.”

Ruel concluded a very successful two day intimate concert at Teatrino over the weekend and he promised to return to Manila more often.

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Until next week! Ta-ta!