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Antioch, TN
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Portrait of April Rucker
Falling in love with music was an obvious fate for songstress and Nashville native April Rucker. As a child, the R&B artist was surrounded by a musical family who helped inspire her love for music. The vibes coming from listening to her family’s band rehearse in her bedroom were infectious. April pursued a formal education in music by enrolling in Nashville School of the Arts. There she honed her craft, focusing on a vast variety of music and making history along the way with many firsts. Through the years April went on to sing with various groups where she discovered her talent for songwriting. While a member of the Soul-Funk-Jazz band Monody, she was exposed as a solo artist in Nashville's urban music community. She eventually found joy in singing background for other artists. She has lent her vocal talents to artists such as Grammy and AMA award winning artist Yolanda Adams and Big Kenny of the country chart topping duo Big & Rich. April has also traveled to Europe where she performed and worked with young vocalists at the Karmoy Gospel Festival in Norway.

Stepping away from the comforts of supporting other artists, April has come in to her own with hopes to do what she believes she was born to do-share her talent and music with the world. Her smooth seductive style, influenced by artists such as Jill Scott and Amel Larrieux, sends listeners to a place some only visit in their dreams. Though her soft, sweet soprano voice can lull partakers into a world of pure tranquility, she wows crowds with intensity and strength as well. “April Rucker belts ‘em like a good R&B singer should,” states Sean L. Maloney of Nashville Scene. It’s the best of both worlds in a unique blend of Pop, Rhythm and Blues which she refers to as "Soula-Pop". Her writing is an amalgamation of personal experience and fantasy; ensuring music that’s relatable. Her recent debut release Here I Stand earned her a Nashville Music Award for Urban Recording of the Year – an honor shared amongst other Album of the Year winners such as Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon. April has also received multiple nominations in the Nashville Indepent Music Awards including Best Female R&B Artist and Live Performer. April’s found home on the many stages of “Music City USA”- performing in venues such as B.B. King’s Club, Gaylord Entertainment’s General Jackson, and 12th & Porter among others. “It’s surreal to know people are listening to my stories…my words…my voice.
 
 
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