Vocal prodigy RUEL is returning to New Zealand for one show in Auckland at the Bruce Mason Centre on May 24. Counting Elton John and Khalid among his fans, RUEL is taking the globe by storm, smashing show records, and he’s only 16-years-old.
A transcendent new star on an unstoppable trajectory, the London-born, Sydney-based songwriter found himself on the ARIA podium as he took out the 2018 Breakthrough Artist gong for his soul-soaked banger ‘Dazed and Confused’, which landed in in Triple J’s Hottest 100 alongside ‘Younger’, making him the youngest ever artist to win the coveted award.
Both tunes, taken from his ubiquitous debut EP Ready (+ 100 million global streams), were released amongst a tidal wave of hype which began to swell almost immediately around this young singer-songwriter, as his extraordinary soul-tinged voice began to filter out.
His Like a Version rendition on triple j of Jack Garratt’s ‘Weathered’, alongside world-class producer and longtime mentor M-Phazes, showcased his undeniable singing chops and forced folks in the know - like Sir Elton John and Khalid - to tip their hats.
With these five-star endorsements, it was inevitable that fan bases would start mobilising worldwide, and with the help of ARIA Platinum-certified single ‘Younger’ and recent heartbreaker 'Not Thinkin’ Bout You' (check out the remix featuring Grammy Award-nominated rapper GoldLink), shows have been selling out.
In fact, Ruel’s first show in New York City late last year also became his first-ever sold-out NYC appearance, such is the demand for his addictive blend of glitchy electro-soul beds and vocals, reminiscent of James Blake, Frank Ocean and Khalid himself.
Last seen in New Zealand in October 2018, RUEL is moving on up fast and will hit the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland on Friday May 24, after completing a run of his first headline shows through Asia and Australia.
RUEL’s raw talent is giving the industry a much-needed shakeup – don’t miss seeing this record breaker!
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