Who needs to wait until Valentine's Day to get in the mood for love? And few artists can help you get there these days like Platinum-selling recording artist/American Idol winner Ruben Studdard . With the release of his single MEANT TO BE from his upcoming album UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, he is reminding his fans and even new listeners why he is so beloved.
Many got to see the star on the show The Biggest Loser, and though he didn't go all the way to the end, there is no doubt that Ruben continues to win in life, showing the world what it means to truly give your all.
In this conversation you will hear from the man himself as he discusses the road to stardom, what keeps him grounded and ultimately what it means for him to be a great artist.
RUBEN ON THE MUSICAL PLATFORM:
"I just wanted to sing. After you try so much, you really just want to be heard. When I finally made it on American Idol I wanted people to hear me and enjoy me. To be an inspiration is really a blessing. I most definitely can attest to what perseverance can do for you."
RUBEN ON RESPONSIBILITY AS AN ARTIST:
"My responsibility lies with my relationship with God. I wanted to make sure that I made music with integrity. The music I make is something that I could sit in a room with my grandmother and listen to with no regrets."
RUBEN ON FANS AFTER IDOL:
"It was awesome. You never really get to see or feel what is going on outside of the show. When I got home for the first time and to have people waiting on me at the airport was a shock. We as artists would be nothing without them."
RUBEN ON COMPARISONS TO LUTHER:
"It was pressure in the beginning because I never considered myself in that category. I have always put Luther on a pedastal. It was kinda heavy because it's a lot of expectation. Some expect you to produce that kind of high quality music. I now believe it's more about what you make them feel rather than my actually singing like him. That's a compliment."
RUBEN ON BEING HIMSELF:
"Your first album you don't have as much say-so as you might feel like you should. You have to go with the flow. Clive Davis helped to manuever me through my first album. The older I get and the more creative control I have I am able to do more of my own thing and have a lot more say-so. This allows me to show people who I am. I just want to be myself and sing."
RUBEN ON SEPARATING HIS PERSONAL LIFE FROM HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE:
"I felt in the beginning it was important to separate the two. When you listen to all the greats, though, the further they get in their career they become more transparent. That resonates with their fans. Being so private isn't as important as you think it is. It's good to keep your business to yourself, but the only way you can sing songs that really matter to people is if you've actually gone through stuff. I'm human. I go through stuff, and I'm able to move on."
RUBEN ON SUCCESS:
"For me now success is longevity. Alot of times people feel that every time out is not going to be just the highs. You have to sustain yourself through the highs and lows if you want to make it in this business or in any business."
The single MEANT TO BE is available now, and the album UNCONDITIONAL LOVE will be released on February 2014. Of this album Studdard says it is “the record I should have made after I won American Idol. It’s my most romantic album yet—and most mature,”
You can stay in contact with Ruben on Facebook and Twitter as well as on his website www.rubenstuddard.com.