Ruby recently performed in Bangkok, Thailand for a 3-month singing engagement in 2013 and a 3-month singing engagement in Japan in 2011.
Ruby and her Blues Band recently performed in the Barack Obama Presidential Inaugural Unity Ball 2009 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC.
Ruby completed a six-month engagement in Pattaya Beach, Thailand. She performed blues, jazz, and R&B for diverse audiences from all around the world in a 5-Star resort from December 2007 to May 2008.
The United States Armed Forces Entertainment selected The Ruby Hayes Band out of 100's of bands around the country to entertain and uplift the spirits of the troops along the Caribbean Circuit during February and March 2006. Ruby and her 5-piece band, and two audio engineers traveled to Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico and performed during the Mardi Gras celebration at the Ft. Buchanan Community Club. Afterwards, they traveled to Soto Cano Air Force Base, Honduras and performed in the Oasis Night Club on the base.
A veteran performer, Ruby is headlining shows all around the Washington, DC metropolitan area and the West Coast. She was a Headliner in the San Diego 2004 Adams Avenue Street Fair Festival, the largest free festival in Southern California. She has opened shows for international artists such as, James Cotton (former harp player for Muddy Waters) Vernon Garrett, Ray, Goodman, & Brown, and the late Little Milton. The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) nominated her "Best Blues Vocalist" 2002. WAMA also nominated her CD, "Ruby's Blues" as "Best Blues Recording 2003." Her CD "Ruby's Blues" won The Recording Academy's CD Contest. She was a 2002 grant recipient of the DC Commission of Arts and Humanities and a 2003 grant recipient of Jim B.E.A.M. Music.
In year 2003, WETA TV, Channel 26 featured her as a Washington DC-based blues artist in the advertisements for "The Blues" produced by Martin Scorsese. Other 2003 television appearances include Montgomery Community Television and Prince Georges Community Television.
In 2005, she performed in the Washington, DC Blues Festival, "Divas Stir up the Blues" held at the CarterBaron Amphitheater.
Ruby started singing at age 14 leading a gospel choir in her hometown of Plumerville, Arkansas. She toured numerous towns around Arkansas before she moved to Washington, DC in the early 1970's. In Washington, DC she made her professional singing debut at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel as part of the Al Martinez jazz combo.
Later she honed her skills in a rhythm and blues band called the Exclusives and performed in military officers clubs and major hotel ballrooms around the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In 1975 Ruby started her own jazz and blues band and she performed up and down the East Coast from New York to Florida and made television appearances on WJLA, Channel 7, and WDCA, Channel 20 in Washington, DC.
Ruby is known for her upbeat, interactive performance style. When not performing in the top clubs & festivals, she performs her own original one-woman musical, Ruby Hayes Sings Bessie's Blues in regional theaters. Although, she is seen as cool, calm and reserved, when she takes the stage, she's hotter than the month of July!