Who is Rudy Currence? Refreshing but familiar, confident but humble, innovative yet classic, these are just a few words that come to mind when describing the voice, the music, the man known as Rudy Currence. Truly the world is only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to who Mike Chek Entertainment Recording Artist Rudy Currence really is. After hearing the soulful voice, it is obvious that Rudy was raised singing gospel music. The son of a Pastor and native of Rock Hill, SC, Rudy like many of the legendary performers before him perfected his craft while playing and singing in church. His writing credits are already impressive including songs for multi-platinum recording artist Mya, had one of his songs featured in the blockbuster hit movie “The Bourne Identity” starring Matt Damon and “Have I Told You That I Love You Lately,” and other songs from his first CD, played in Old Navy stores all over the country. Most recently, Rudy wrote and arranged a song for the platinum national recording artist Ray J on his current album "Raydiation … song titled "Lets Play House". Rudy has also extensively toured and performed at colleges throughout the US. Honored as one of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 recipients of the ASCAP writer’s award. Rudy is not only a great vocalist and musician but quite an accomplished writer and producer as well. Rudy released his own debut independent CD “More Than You’ll Ever Know” in 2003 and released his sophomore effort, “Here With You” in 2006. He performed with Ludacris, Naturally 7 on The View … performing Quincy Jones lastest single “Bossa Nostra” from his newly released album. titled “Bossa Nostra”. He also performed on BET’s 106 and Park. Recently Rudy signed with Disturbing Tha Peace and Island Def Jam. He is currently working on his soon to be released album “Black Keys and Blue Skies”.
Also a music major and graduate of Furman University, Rudy’s musical background spans almost every genre from extensive classical and jazz piano training to his experience recording R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, and Pop music. All of these musical styles combined with his own personal flare make Rudy’s live performance unique and unpredictable. Rudy’s high energy but often intimate and spontaneous delivery set him apart from most in today’s industry. His musicianship is reminiscent of the past very much like the many classic entertainers from the days of Motown. His vocal style is often compared to that of the greats such as Donnie Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cooke, but also blends beautifully with the music of his contemporaries like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Brandy, and even Usher. To see the passion that Rudy has for his music and the connection that he is able to make with each audience is truly captivating.
Singer-songwriter Rudy Currence aspires to be remembered by his music and continues building a Legacy through song. He admits that many of his musical influences are old school artists that were trend setters and ahead of their time like The Clark Sisters, Donnie Hathaway, and Prince. Rudy’s catalog of music also includes great singer-songwriters such as The Bee Gees, James Taylor, The Carpenters, and mega-songwriter Burt Bacharach. Rudy admits, “I wanna change the game, every time people think that they’ve figured me out, I want to surprise them with something new and different. To me, that’s what being a great artist is all about. With so much going on Rudy still manages to remain humble and is very family oriented. According to Rudy, “I believe in surrounding myself with positive people and what better way to do that than with family members who love you unconditionally and believe in your gift.” Keeping it all in the family, Rudy’s mother Patricia Currence is his manager while his younger brother Patrick continues to work at his side as his producer. In addition, his father Rev. Ruperd Currence is a huge part of his spiritual grounding.
So again I ask you, who is Rudy Currence? When asked to describe himself, Rudy replies, “If you wanna know who I am just listen to what I have to say. .My music, just like my family and even the way I dress, is an extension of me.” Look to see and hear great things from this rising star in the near future.