Mystery Voice On That New Jack White Song Is Ruby Amanfu

01/31/2012 12:57 PM |


On Monday, third man, seventh son and former White Stripe Jack White released his single, “Love Interruption,” as a preview for his solo album, Blunderbuss, to be released in April. Most of my attention while listening was devoted to handling a barrage of mental “MEH’s” about his distracting, dubious use of woodwinds and the queasy rhymes in the chorus, but I was still intrigued by the female vocals paired with White’s, especially what that dry, raspy warble might sound like alone.

NME has discovered that the voice belongs to Ghanaian-born, Nashville-based singer Ruby Amanfu. Amanfu, most well-known for being one half of the singer-songwriter team Sam & Ruby, had one of her songs nominated for a Grammy in 2007, as well as a 2003 pop single, “Sugah,” that did particularly well in Europe while on the UK’s Polydor Records. She appeared on Conan around this time last year, singing back-up on “Funnel of Love” with Wanda Jackson and Jack White. You can listen to Amanfu on “Love Interruption” as well as see her performing Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” on NBC’s The Sing-Off after the jump.

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