Healing Today Magazine states: 'There's a unique, ethereal, yet strangely down-to-earth quality about Ruth. She seems to have the perfect balance, marrying the spiritual aspect of her being happily with the terrestrial. And yet, there is also an enigmatic quality present. Historically, this description is often bestowed on an artist who exhibits real talent. And, make no mistake, Ruth Copland has talent which is clearly apparent when listening to her sensitive, uplifting album, 'Hidden Fire'. 'Ruth is very clear about her message. 'The title of the album refers to the essential spiritual fire within each of us,' she says. 'It remains veiled from the world and oftentimes even from ourselves.' To clarify her feelings further, she adds, 'My songs aim to stir this fire within and to bring it into consciousness so that it can be used to enrich our experience of the world'. ''Hidden Fire' begins and ends with Ruth singing 'The Great Invocation'. This is a unique version of the world prayer, with updated words and a specially composed melody. Ruth's composition has, quite considerably, heightened the prayer's intensity. She says, 'I have always found 'The Great Invocation' to be very powerful in aligning the being spiritually, bringing calm and inspiration, and connection to other dimensions of consciousness.' 'This description pertaining to 'The Great Invocation' could quite easily be applied to all of Ruth Copland's songs. The message in her music is delivered clearly, joyously and melodiously - and is deeply healing.' Ruth is a gifted vocalist and songwriter with many unique projects to her name. As a songwriter, collaborations include working with one of Europe's top film music composers, Krezesimir Debski, and with writer/producer Eddie Adamberry, author of several number one hits. Additional songwriting collaborators include Paul Gully of Bear Productions and Ben Robbins of Private & Confidential Music. Ruth's music has been used in film soundtracks, corporate DVDs, and children's book projects as well as by speakers at events. The scope of her work includes pop, rock, folk pop, dance, adult contemporary, classical, musical theatre, inspirational, and children's songs. Lady Carpenter, Richmond, London, says: 'The combination of Ruth's pure voice and wonderful melodies elevates the spirit and has a truly healing and inspirational effect.' Ruth's creative ability to affect people on a deep level has been evident from a very young age. She began writing lyrics and poetry when she was five and was giving performances of her own poetry from the age of 10, sharing the podium with the likes of Sir George Trevelyan, Former Dean of Westminster Abbey Edward Carpenter KCVO, and Lady Carpenter. From the age of eight she was winning medals at drama festivals for her poetic renditions and gaining honours in dramatic exams. Her love of singing resulted in professional solo and choral vocal performances. As a teenager, her clear uplifting voice resulted in her being chosen to speak at the celebration of 40 years European peace at Westminster Abbey televised to 140 million people around the world. Ruth's beautiful reading moved Her Majesty The Queen to tears, only the second time The Queen has been seen to shed tears in public. The national newspaper The Daily Mirror wrote: "In a voice so clear it spiralled into the Abbey's vaulted roof and seemed to bounce off the stained-glass windows, slim Ruth Copland....read words of hope... It was the most touching moment of yesterday's service to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the war's end - a service attended by the famous, the good and the brave. ...The Queen...found this youthful yearning for peace moving. She lowered her head and dabbed away small tears with a tiny lace handkerchief." Lilla Bek, Renowned Lecturer, Teacher, Counsellor & Healer, states: "Sound has the potential to create balance and the voice is as important in this as the music. The vibration of Ruth's voice leads us to a more creative level inside ourselves where we can experience peace and healing. The interaction of voice and music on Ruth's CD 'Hidden Fire' brings about a profound change in the listener." As a professional singer-songwriter, writer, and actress, Ruth has an intense involvement with the creative process and a deep interest in the potential impact that engaging in the creative arts may have on people's lives. Ruth believes that the balance of the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical is very important and deems engaging in the arts to be one of the ways this balance can be encouraged. She has approached this balance in her own life by pursuing spiritual, creative, and intellectual pursuits concurrently. Hugo - Night Club Manager, London: "I get in at 5 or 6 a.m. after a hard night's work at the club and put on 'Hidden Fire' and chill out. The voice and songs are so calming and beautiful - I really love it." Jeanne, Medical Herbalist, England: "Hidden Fire is so unbelievably relaxing. I was listening to it again just now after quite a busy day and it was very soothing." As well, as writing, recording and performing her own music, she is a published writer and songwriter; she has a BA (Honours) Degree in English Literature, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselling (specialising in creative arts therapies); she is a certified culture transformation tools consultant and has conducted original funded clinical research into the effect of the creative arts on the performance and well-being of senior business executives; she has worked in inner city elementary schools counselling children for the charity The Place To Be; and she is a Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher. Ken - Contractor, California: "You've got a beautiful voice. I listen to it all the time. I really get a lot out of your songs, I play them all the time, I feel that they bring me closer to God."