Style and Substance with The Rubyz
by Charles White
world of Pop Music isn’t always a pretty place. Much is “full of sound and
fury signifying nothing”. Inane lyrics and lifestyles marked with drugs,
binge drinking and violence are only a few of the things that some of Pop
Music and this genre’s stars offer people today. Standing counter to this
are three young ladies with a message and mad skilz. They are The Rubyz.
ages seventeen and fourteen respectively, Cammie Hall, Marissa Milele and Alexis
Slifer were selected from hundreds of young ladies to join The Rubyz and
change the face of music. When asked why he chose to form this amazing trio,
Advocate Entertainment President & CEO Robert Benson turned to his own
family as an explanation. “I
have three daughters myself, all right around this age, and it worried me that
they would grow up without being ministered to. [W]ith groups like The Rubyz,
we can teach them how much they are loved, how much they are valued, and how
important they are because they are sons and daughters of Christ."
is a sentiment that is echoed by all three members of this fantastic trio.
“So many artists nowadays are more worried about success or a certain
look,” states The Rubyz member Cammie Hall.
“We just want to show kids how much fun it is being a kid! We also
want to show them their value in Christ. I think it's more important to use
our music to spread joy, rather than to be successful or make money.”
I want to hear something with substance,” adds Alexis. “I am tired of the
peer pressure to grow up so fast. I want to just be a fourteen year old girl!
I wanna have fun and goof off!”
having music with substance doesn’t mean that you can’t create an album
filled with fun, contagious hits. With producers like Dove Award Winner Joy
Williams and Chris Omartian, who has worked with the likes of Pink, Hillary
Duff and Jump 5, this album can’t help but be upbeat and fun.
Still, the music and the message together are important to these young
ladies. “Music is infectious, so when you hear a catchy line it sticks in
your head,” offers Cammie. “But
sometimes, you hear kids singing lines in most pop music and they have no idea
what they are actually saying. We want them to sing along with music that’s
got a positive message, AND that's got a catchy tune.”
they get to do what they love, life is not always easy for The Rubyz. Life on
the road and in the studio is tough. This experience has really helped this
trio appreciate the support of their family and helped them to grow in their
faith in God. “I am so excited and blessed to have the family I have,”
states Marissa, the youngest member of The Rubyz. “Faith and family are two
of the most important things on this earth," Cammie offers in agreement.
“Without faith, you feel hopeless. Sometimes in our music career,
you get really frustrated with things and feel like there's no hope. With a
strong faith and a supportive family, everything works out great.”
has this journey taught them so far? “Be yourself and live your life to the
Marrissa offers. “Reach for your dreams because anything is
possible.” “Don't worry about what everybody else thinks about you, what
you wear, how you look,” Alexis adds. “No
matter what God still loves you.”
without substance. It seems the trend these days. Not so with The Rubyz, though.
They are proof-positive that you can have both and have fun doing it. With
their family behind them and God at their side, these girls are taking the
music industry by storm and having a great time doing it.