After releasing her album titled AHENEMU HENE, which deeply touched the hearts of many people and converted others to Christ, Princess Ruth, seemed to have gone underground, leaving a lot of her admirers wondering why.
Her reasons for playing that low profile was to enable her spent time studying the world of God, and to write and compose songs for her new album which she hopes to release by September this year.
"I had to study the gospel and spent time praying over it so that I come out with songs which would have spiritual backing. God uses music to minister to souls, especially the lost ones. As such I try to come out with good inspirational songs which will inspire people to live righteous lives.
Princess Ruth album "Ahenemuhene" had 10 tracks including ‘Osabarima", "Hwan din," "Adamfopa," "Nyame Kokroko", "Fakye me" and "Ene dayi."
The album which was released in 2002 caught up with most people, with some of the songs becoming household tunes as they were often played on most of the FM stations.
Born in the 1970s, in Accra Princess Ruth Abena Agyeiwah Anane Agyei was the second born of the eight children of Mr Anane Agyei, a retired staff of the Ghana Water and Sewage Company, and currently an elder of the Church of Pentecost, Nkawkaw and Mrs Agnes Anane Agyei, a seamstress.
She begin schooling at the Pentecost Preparatory School at Nkawkaw and then to the Nkawkaw Secondary School which she completed in 1992.
Later in 1993 she was then engaged at the Holy Family Hospital, Nkawkaw as a nursing assistant in the theatre. Then in 1997 she moved to Accra and got a job with HARMONY Clinic at Madina for a few months, before taking up a job at EL-RAPHA Clinic at Mataheko where she worked with one Dr. Kojo Ayisi until 2005 when she decided to do a computer course and after that study nursing to the degree level.
Princess Ruth who is currently single, but hopes to be married before the end of this year likes listening to music, reading, evangelising and praying for the sick, especially at the hospitals.
In terms of favourite food, unlike most Kwahus who are known to like fufu best, Princess likes jollof rice, banku or beans and plantain (Red Red).
As to how she got into the music career, Princess Ruth said "I only remember that around the age of 12 years, while I was reading a Bible verse in the New Testament, I suddenly found myself singing the Bible verse.
"From then on, I started composing my own childhood songs from Bible verses which I sang to the admiration of fellow school children and teachers.
I was therefore nicknamed Osofo Maame because of the way I lived and often asked to pray in school. I also often lead the children to sing at the Nkawkaw New Town Assembly of the Church of Pentecost," she said.
According to her, the children’s Sunday School Teachers Mr Opoku Ansong and Sister Victoria contacted the presiding elder of the church who happened to be her own Dad, to allow her sing in church, as she was doing very well.
After trying her, and finding out she was very good, the church often begun inviting her to sing during programmes even outside the church, especially during crusades. She also took part in church singing competitions organised at the district level for local artistes.
Princess Ruth said it was after she won the second position after a known gospel music star, that she realised she had the talent in music.
"I did not however realise I was going to take music as a profession until I met Jeff Quaye, best known as Jay Q, a studio engineer who also played the Key board during a church service at the Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministries International at Kotobabi in Accra.
He called me after I had sang and encouraged me to keep it up. From then on, he started teaching me what music was all about.
He also later took me to the music recording studio to do backing. It was during this period that I also met Bishop Asare Bediako, General Overseer of the Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministries International who asked me if I knew I could go far with music," she said.
Princess Ruth said Bishop Bediako wrote a short piece of song for her to sing and she composed and sang it so well so that he marveled at her performance.
According to her, Bishop later wrote three songs for her, while Jay Q wrote two and she had to write five to compile her album Ahenemu hene.
She said Bishop travelled shortly after that out of the country, so she could not get a producer until eight months later, when she got one Samuel Owusu to help her do the programming at Virtual Sound, Abossey-Okai, before moving to HUSH HUSH studio, Lartebiokorshie to record the album which she released in 2002.
"After releasing the album, I begun working on my next album and also ministering the world of God when I met one K.K. Fosu during a musical programme at the Accra International Conference Centre.
I ministered to him and invited him to worship with us. He did and when he heard and saw me singing live, he said I had a good voice and so decided to help me in the studio and also get me a producer.
In fact, I have started programming the new album with the title "ONIPA BAKOPE," meaning he is the one and only one, thus the alpha and the omega. God is everything.
It is aimed at encouraging all in need, or trouble to look up to God and nothing else, since it is with him and only him, that all things are possible," she said.
The 11-track album will include songs like "Okronkron nie," "Yesu Maba" "Awurade ma wadom," "Oye kese" (cool reggae) "Eda bi reba," "Yesu din mu," "Yeda wase," "Ogyidini Yane," and "Eye se anidaso asa".
Asked how come she left the Church of Pentecost to join the Resurrection Power and Living Bread Ministries, Princess Ruth said, "Mr Kofi Appiadu, husband of Cynthia, one of the Daughters of Glorious Jesus" was my former schoolmate and who was like a brother to me invited me to Accra.
When I got to Accra I stayed in Rev. Owusu Ansah’s house and started fellowship with them. So that’s how I came to join the church."
Touching on the current gospel music scene, Princess Ruth said the quality is not the best because people do not study the Bible; they just produce songs to kind of entertain the people without any spiritual backing.