BPC alum releases CD, to perform in concert Aug. 22 at STC
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Kim Green Ruff
Kim Ruff grew up singing under the influences of songwriters and artists such as Whitney Houston, Be Be and Ce Ce Winans, Sandi Patti and Nicole C. Mullen.
Formerly Kim Green, she has been a songbird since the age of eight, singing in her church choir at Solomon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Vidalia. She was involved in music all through grade school and participated in the Show Choir at Vidalia Comprehensive High School where she graduated in 1990. She was a cheerleader for Vidalia High School and was on the homecoming court. After graduating from high school, she was offered a music scholarship from Brewton-Parker College. She was named most talented senior superlative in high school. She was also named most talented in music both her sophomore and junior years at Brewton-Parker College.
While in high school, she and her sister and a close friend formed a gospel group called the McSwain Trio. In 1988, Kim was crowned Miss Black Teen of Vidalia. She also debuted in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at the local Franklinia Playhouse. She also sang and traveled with the Mel Blount Youth Home Choir.
While in college, Kim sang in the concert choir and the Baron Road singers. She toured with the Baron Road Show to several high schools across the southern region. Former music instructor Hildegard Stanley once asked her to do a solo.
“I was terrified and could not sight read, but Ms. Stanley worked with me and it ended up being a great solo. WE had so many other students that she could have picked, but she chose me. I loved my experience at Brewton-Parker College,” she says.
Ruff has sung in over 100 weddings and other activities.
“I know that each experience a person experiences whether good or bad is to help shape and mold their character.”
When her mother, the late Sarah Lane, lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998, Ruff says God comforted her through her music,” My mother was indeed my biggest fan. She always encouraged me to reach for the stars!”
Ruff has released a new CD, and says this album focuses on finding destiny and realizing purpose in life. She also created a ministry for victims of domestic violence, so one of the songs, “Sometimes”, addresses that issue. The album also features a duet with her son Spencer, called “Child of a King”.
Ruff will perform in concert at Southeastern Technical College on August 22 at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. With its main campus located in Mount Vernon, the college also offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its three external sites in Newnan, Norman Park and Liberty County.