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A recent finalist on ABC 7 Windy City LIVE ''Search for a Star'' competition, Justin Ruff is 22 years young and more than ready to take over the R&B game. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio the young singer/songwriter says he's been singing for as long as he can remember. Born to a single mother with her own musical aspirations, it was in his home that Justin was first introduced to jazz. His love for the genre grew after he was accepted into Cincinnati's School for Creative & Performing Arts as a vocal music major. There he honed in on his jazz roots and began perfecting his craft. Fusing his R&B/Soul background with his love for jazz, he began creating a sound all his own. Upon graduating in the spring of 2008 he went on to win several local competitions including Mason and Blue Ash Idol. He was even awarded the opportunity to open for major acts such as Dwele, The Cool Kids and legendary jazz group, Manhattan Transfer.
In 2010 Justin moved to Chicago and enrolled in Roosevelt University as a vocal jazz major. The move to the big city opened him up to a much larger market. The R&B jazz sensation can now be seen performing all over the south loop from college campuses to intimate open mics. Justin is currently in the studio finishing up his debut EP entitled ''Introducing Justin Ruff'' to release March 15th. The first single, ''Take My Time'' is already available for free download.
For links to free music and all things Team Ruff, you can find and follow the singer on Twitter @JustinRuffMusic
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