Here’s more about Ruby:
* She’s Ruby Leigh Pearson, a 16-year-old country artist from from Foley, Missouri, population 150.
* And she’s got a long list of accomplishments in spite of her young age, including performances with Mickey Gilely, Lorrie Morgan, Vince Gill and Pam Tillis, among many others, according to her website.
* Though she came from a non-musical family, Ruby Leigh says she knew she wanted to sing since age 9 1/2, when she was introduced to the classic country her father listened to while working on his race car.
* One of her first public performances came soon after when she visited a flea market with her parents, came across two strangers playing music and asked if she could sing with them.
* She only knew six songs at the time and they didn’t know those songs. They suggested she sing a cappella. So that’s what Ruby did, drawing a crowd in the process, she says in an interview with CanvasRebel.com.
* In 2018, she competed in the World Championship of Performing Arts, winning a gold medal in the 10-16 age group for country music and a silver medal in the gospel division. She was also winner of the overall country music division, according to her web bio.
* The same year, she was named grand cham of the Dolly Parton Soul Mountain Vocal Competition in Sieverville, Tenn., that bio says.
* And in 2019, Ruby Leigh was selected to be a featured performer at the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, Calif., an event attended by 160,000.
* At this time, Ruby Leigh has just one track available on streaming sites, a version of “God Bless the Land of the Free,” released in 2017 when she would have been about 10 years old.
* Ruby wound up being the youngest contestant on Season 24 to make it to the voting rounds and wound up finishing second, runner-up to Season 24 champ Huntley. Her performance of The Eagles’ “Desperado” turned out to be one of the most popular from the finale based on YouTube views.