Ruth Pointer Sayles
Ruth began her formal vocal training as director of the junior choir in her father's church, The Church of God in West Oakland, California. She married right out of high school and had two children. Ruth then took a job as a keypunch operator to support her family.
By then, her sisters, Bonnie, June and Anita were pursuing a singing career. In 1972, they convinced Ruth to join them, and the group became a quartet. Their first album was released in 1973. (see group bio).
Aside from her phenomenal success as a member of the Grammy-winning, world famous Pointer Sisters, Ruth has occasionally stepped out on her own. As a solo artist, she contributed "Streets of Gold" in 1989 to Disney's Oliver & Company soundtrack. She also contributed her unique vocals to the Iron Eagle II soundtrack and lent background vocals to Celine Dion's Unison album in 1990.
In recent years, Ruth has been featured on an edition of the E! Network's "Celebrity Homes", and with her sisters, she has appeared on various television specials, including PBS's A Capital Fourth, ABC's Disco Ball and Dick Clark's 50th Anniversary Special which was re-aired throughout 2003 on VH-1.
Currently, Ruth is an international spokesperson for the USO and has traveled overseas on more than one occasion to perform solo for our troops. She also finds time for other charitable causes that are close to her heart, such as the Special Olympics and Best Buddies.
Now a grandmother, she married her current husband in 1990 in the garden of her Malibu, California home. At the age of 47, Ruth gave birth to twins and now resides in her husband's home state of Massachusetts. Ruth continues to perform solo and maintains a busy touring schedule as a member of The Pointer Sisters!
Songs that are fan favorites with Ruth on lead vocal include: "Blind Faith", "Heart Beat", "Automatic", "Neutron Dance", "Contact", "Back In My Arms", "Pride" and "After You".