Ruben Young is an emerging modern Soul/R&B artist and budding songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. Blurring lines between his 70's motown upbringing, a love for hip-hop, and his charismatic pop-sensible pen, Ruben’s musical DNA breathes influence from James Brown to Justin Timberlake to Mac Miller and many more. In 2019 he became best known for his debut EP, Dreamstate which includes the single "Rachel Green" - an ode to 90's dreamgirl played by Jennifer Aniston on 'FRIENDS', featuring American rapper Hodgy Beats from Odd Future.
Recently named Apple Music Canada's New Artist of the Week, Ruben has released 7 singles independently through his own label, Young + Lucky. His efforts have earned him over five million streams, and a place on stage as direct support for international artists such as Kiesza (tour opener), The Chainsmokers, Jarreau Vandal, Nelly, Akon, Classified, Langston Francis and Phony PPL.
Maybe it’s thanks to his diverse background (Trinidadian, Jewish-Italian-American) that Ruben’s greatest talent has always been people. He writes music for the ordinary dreamers who see more for themselves than the hand and heartbreaks they’ve been dealt. It’s music for the hopefuls, the romantics - the young and lucky to bounce to. From features on Beats1 Radio, BBC Radio 1 Extra, CBC, to steady rotation on Stingray Radio and Canadian radio, Ruben’s sound has already begun reaching soul-pop fans around the world and in 2020, much more is coming.
Rising Canadian R&B Artist Ruben Young To Release Debut EP Dreamstate On September 27
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 — TORONTO, ON – Having made his mark over the past two years through a string of successful independent singles that have racked up over five million streams, Canadian R&B artist Ruben Young released his debut EP, Dreamstate, on Sept. 27 via all streaming platforms. The seven-track collection provides an introduction to the Calgary-born singer/songwriter, and showcases the many creative partnerships he has forged with the likes of Lord Quest (Schoolboy Q), Lost Boys, Losh (Tobi, Allan Rayman) Kuya Productions (Alessia Cara, JRDN), Classified, Slakah The Beatchild and others.
Much of the material on Dreamstate was written and produced over the course of the past few years that saw Young traveling across North America to work with his collaborators. Dreamstate eventually took shape out of these trips, as Young’s diverse palette of influences—from classic soul to post-Frank Ocean R&B—was woven together with strong melodies, contagious hooks, and soulful crooning. It all adds up to the story of Young’s relentless pursuit of his dreams in love and music.
Said Young, “Dreamstate is a mindset; the space occupied between where you are and where you are meant to be in life and in love. It’s a haze. It’s the nostalgia of the ones that got away, mixed with fantasies of my TV dream girl, doused with crippling self-doubt that it will never work out, capped off by late summer night reveries of getting completely lost in every shade of somebody.”
“This project is… me - a hopeful romantic lost in the overwhelming, aching, confusing and beautiful process of trying to find ‘her’. At the same time, this EP represents so much more than just love songs. Through Dreamstate, I’m sharing songs that I wrote 4 years ago in my mom’s basement in Calgary, next to a collaboration with a GRAMMY nominated producer from across the country. Each song is reminiscent of the growth it took to get to this point – a self-reflection of the journey I went through to create this music. I left my home to pursue my dream, and I’ve put everything into it. I’m not there yet – I’m in a Dreamstate.”
Along with new material, Dreamstate also includes Young’s most recent hit single, “Rachel Green,” a tribute to Jennifer Aniston’s Friends character, featuring Odd Future rapper Hodgy Beats (the song also hit the #5 spot on the Spotify Viral 50). That track followed up by a series of releases including “Subtle Savage (ft. Terrell Morris)” and his newest single “Colors”. Young, who has written over 150 songs in the past year, has also been stretching his songwriting legs with other artists including co-writing the Delaney Jane single “Psycho” and has also co-written with T-Minus (Drake, Justin Bieber) and Chin Injeti (Eminem, P!NK).
With a vocal style that’s been compared to Marvin Gaye, John Legend and Anderson Paak, Young is a true crossover artist who has made iTunes’ R&B, Pop and Electronic charts, all while releasing music through his own Young And Lucky label. He has maintained a tireless work ethic and pursued his love of performing live by sharing the stage with The Chainsmokers, Nelly, Akon, Jarreau Vandal, Langston Frances, Phony PPL and most recently Young performed dates in Calgary, Toronto and San Francisco with Kiesza. All of this offers definitive proof that Young is on the road to something special with his distinctive sound and passion. Early media supporters include Beats 1 Radio, BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and airplay on numerous radio stations.
With Dreamstate, Ruben Young formally invites you into his world—a world that, like dreams, contains no limits.
RUBEN YOUNG – DREAMSTATE
2. Rachel Green (ft. Hodgy)
4. Golden Hell
5. Running For You (Lord Quest Bounce)
6. Sick For You
7. Subtle Savage (ft. Terrell Morris)
Ruben has earned his stripes touring in 2019 as direct support for Kiesza (Canada, USA), as well as opening for international artists like The Chainsmokers, Akon, Nelly, Jarreau Vandal, Phony Ppl, Classified, Langston Francis, and Jocelyn Alice.
In 2019 he began to establish his presence across Canada performing in Toronto at Live Nation's Ones to Watch, as well as showcases such as School Night, NXNE, R&B Sounds and in Calgary at the Sounds of Summer Music Festival, and as the headliner at 10 at 10.
His own hard ticket value is continuing to grow as well. At his Calgary release party for his single "Golden Hell", he sold +350 tickets at $30 to a one-night-only concert at a custom warehouse venue in the heart of Calgary. The event was sponsored by the iconic cognac brand, Rémy Martin.
RUBEN YOUNG - ONES TO WATCH
RUBEN YOUNG - LIVE AT ADELAIDE HALL (OPENING FOR PHONY PPL)
Although his writing focus is primarily on himself an artist, Ruben is becoming known as one of Toronto's top emerging songwriters. He bridges a unique gap through a natural combination of his strong pop sensibilities, and his undeniable soul and hip-hop sensible influence. It has proven to equate to a true talent in melody and lyric toplining.
His first cuts came in 2019, as he co-wrote the new singles "Psycho" and "Dear Dad" by platinum Canadian pop artist Delaney Jane, on her new album "Dirty Pretty Things".