Watch List: Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics - My Dear
Atlanta's Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics have roots 'embedded in the rich sound and history of Georgia soul', with lead singer Ruby Velle saying 'we do an old-school version of soul, but we also mix it with a little classic rock, a little blues, so we get some different flavors in there'. Ruby was influenced growing up by soul legends like 'Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding...it was really, really awesome to have that experience, and to absorb it at such a young age' and says that they want people to 'remember the legacy that it holds, this music in Georgia, you know, is really important and also historic'. Playing the Atlanta live scene has seen them named 'Best Soul Band' for 2010 & 2011 by Creative Loafing, and their 2012 album 'It's About Time' made the Billboard 'Heatseeker' Top 30, and the single 'My Dear' was featured as an 'iTunes Single of the Week', with the album making it to #4 on the iTunes R&B charts. In December 2012, Starbucks selected their song 'Heartlite' as 'Pick of the Week', with over 250,000 downloads, and, with their upcoming appearance at SXSW, here is their song 'My Dear'.