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The Rubyz Interview

by Tracy Darlington

"Don't worry so much about being popular or boyfriends/girlfriends. Trust in the Lord."
--Alexis


Here to fill a void in Christian music and cast some much-needed light in the current pop culture wasteland, this talented teen trio, which ranges in age from 13 to 17, was hand-picked from hundreds of hopefuls. The Rubyz' first album came out April 1, and the girls Alexis, Marissa and Cammie couldn't be more excited to begin sharing their positive message with their peers. Each member of The Rubyz is undeniably talented, but at heart, they're just normal girls content to act their respective ages. Most days you'll find them in jeans and hoodies, talking animatedly about everyday things from friends to school to youth group.

Tracy: When did you know God was calling you to be involved in music?

CAMMIE: Well, music has kinda always been around me, it just seemed natural that I would go into it. Maybe that's how God worked it for me. He put a lot of people into my life who played music one way or another. My grandfather is an orchestra conductor, and my dad has always played drums. My mom played the piano all her life and taught my sisters and me some. I have always been in the school choir and band, and church choir and in musical theater. I think I know that God has called me to this because there's just something that happens when I'm around music. My whole attitude changes. It's really my life!

How did you guys meet and form the band?

CAMMIE: We all went to an audition. I never thought I would make it, though. I was so excited when I got the message about callbacks. That's where I first met Alexis and Marissa. A couple of months later my dad called me at friend's house and said that we had gotten a call from the producer. He had all of us over for a barbeque to get to know each other. We hit it off right away!

You said in a recent interview your favorite Scripture was Proverbs 4:23. Why is this verse special to you?

CAMMIE: I think all the Proverbs are good instructions for life. In this verse it talks about being obedient and following the right path, through wisdom and understanding. I need to be an example of Christ's love to others around me. It's important to me NOT to go around just spouting out lots of scripture and stuff, but better to show them how to live by your actions.

How did you come to work with Joy Williams?

CAMMIE: She is one of the executive producers, and she wrote a couple of the songs we have on our album. She wants to work with young girls because she feels called to that. She has been a great role model and I would love to follow in her footsteps. She's kinda like our big sister!

Was there ever a time in your life where you really had to trust God?

CAMMIE: Yeah, like right now! It's hard to know what the future will bring for the Rubyz, and we just have to trust that it's gonna be great (because it is what God has called us to do!) I don't know if I am going to get to finish my senior year at my school, but I know I have to trust God to take care of me and help me through the down times. I have to know that He will not give me more than I can handle like it says in the Bible.

You are about to embark on the Ishine Tour. What can fans expect?

CAMMIE: Lots of great songs and energy from the Rubyz! I hope we can get kids out of their seats to sing and dance with us! We have an amazing acrobat that will blow your mind . . . and Robert Pierre will be touring with us---he is an awesome singer and worship leader!

The Rubyz CammieCAMMIE’S FUN FACTS:

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?

I was named after Cameron from Ferris Beuler's Day Off. I HATE bugs but snakes are ok.

When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?

I really like acting but that doesn't come around all the time. I have a cool camera that I enjoy taking artsy pictures with. I also like doing artwork, like graphics and stuff. I have a screen printer that I'm learning to use; it's so cool!!

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I don't like to eat when I first get up. But at around 10 I had a big blueberry muffin and some juice. Pineapple orange banana juice.

Three things always found in your refrigerator:

My favorite juice, mixed up brownie dough that we sneak tastes of and a "take home box" from the last restaurant where we ate (cuz I never can eat it all!).

You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?

Mocha Frappachino--so good!

What’s left unchecked in your “goals for life” list?

Travel overseas. Sing with Joy Williams. Meet Hayley Williams from Paramore. Be on Broadway. Go to college. Create my own line of clothing. Skydive.

What's currently in your CD player/iPod?

Paramore-Riot, Hot Hot Heat-Elevator, Reliant K-Two Lefts Don't Make a Right, But Three Do, Hives- Veni Vedi Vicious

The Rubyz MarissaTracy: If Jesus were coming back tomorrow, how would you spend today?

MARISSA: I would get a party planned and ready. I would invite everyone in the world and throw Jesus a surprise party. Ha! Ha!

If Jesus were not coming back in your lifetime, would you do anything differently?

MARISSA: No, I would still live my life as a Christian and would let my kids know that He may come back in their life time.

What's the best advice your mother ever gave you?

MARISSA: To reach for your dreams and that with hard work you can accomplish anything!

What’s the best advice your father ever gave you?

MARISSA: Be yourself and reach for all your dreams. Live everyday to the fullest!

What’s the most memorable place The Rubyz have ever played?

MARISSA: Well, we haven't played anywhere yet. We presented an award at the Dove Awards and that was such an amazing experience!! We have our first performance coming up in June. Very excited about that!!!

MARISSA’S FUN FACTS:

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?

I can say the alphabet backwards, I can tumble and do a double full twist, and I'm an outgoing person that likes to have a lot of fun.

When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?

I love to dance, cheer and hang out with my friends!The Rubyz

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Cinnamon twist cereal.

Three things always found in your refrigerator:

Milk, ketchup and juice.

You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?

Hot Chocolate and pumpkin bread

What’s left unchecked in your “goals for life” list?

I wanted to go to the Olympics to compete on trampoline and power tumbling, and I've always wanted to cheer for Top Gun cheer gym, meet the Jonas Brothers personally and sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl!

What’s currently in your CD player/iPod?

All types of music. I love a variety!


The Rubyz AlexisTracy: What is The Rubyz mission?

ALEXIS: The Rubyz mission is to lead kids/teens to find their identity in Christ. We want them to know how valued they are in the Lord. That they are loved.

What message do you hope people will come away with when they listen to your album?

ALEXIS: After kids/teens listen to our music we want them to take away that they shouldn't try to grow up too fast — have fun where you are in life. Hang with friends and Family. Love the Lord.

If you could say one thing to this generation what would you say?

ALEXIS: Don't worry so much about being popular or boyfriends/girlfriends. Trust in the Lord.

What’s the biggest obstacle in your life God’s helped you overcome?

ALEXIS: Wow, that's a toughy. When I was younger I had a swollen lymph node under my arm. I was so afraid it would be cancer I never told anyone how terrified I was. It was hard. Sometimes I would cry myself to sleep I was so afraid. But God was right there for me to talk to and to comfort me. He is awesome!

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to reach their friends for Christ?

ALEXIS: Don't just shove Jesus in their faces (it doesn't normally work out). Be a loving and Christian example by accepting them no matter what their lifestyle may be. Always, I repeat always, pray for them.

Are there any steps you take to stay on track spiritually?

ALEXIS: Read the Bible every single night before bed no matter how late it is---just two or three chapters! Pray a lot. Find someone to keep you accountable, someone you can look up to.

ALEXIS' FUN FACTS:

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?The Rubyz

#1. My very best friend is my little brother. I can always talk to him about anything!

#2. I love to sit and eat club crackers (all the time) while making up crazy stories with my best friend Terah.

When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?

Watching movies. Hanging with friends (and family).

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Well, most mornings I would have had cinnamon/sugar toast, but this morning was not the best. One of my cousins at church was in a wreck (her school bus was) so I woke up and ran out the door really fast. Then I had mac & cheese for lunch! (Oh and my cousin is doing fine!)

You’re next in line at Starbucks. What are you ordering?

Hot Chocolate and Banana Bread.

What’s left unchecked in your “goals for life” list?

Getting my license!! (One year from now I will have my temps!!)

What’s currently in your CD player/iPod?

Joy Williams, Miley Cyrus, Plus One, Barlowgirl.

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.