Music is an expression of our hearts – of our experiences, joys, sorrows, hopes, dreams, and all that makes us who we are. Velvety Vocalist Rut Banks understands this very well. That’s why her music is so fresh and deep. If we want to know who she is, we start with her songs, because her life story is right there in what she sings!

In this three-part conversation, Rut shares with us what has shaped her life story. Her roots go deep, from Nashville, where she lives with her husband Michael and their children, to St. Louis where she grew up, and back through time and space to Africa, where her Hebraic ancestors faithfully carried the covenant knowledge of their identity in Yah.  

This is a podcast about identity, which is the story we hear in song from Rut and from Mason Clover. As Barry Phillips and David Jones explain, it is from this identity that we become channels of Living Water.  

To hear Rut’s music, visit her YouTube channel at,

Rut’s husband Michael is a gifted massage therapist serving clients in the Nashville area. Check out his website at Leave At Ease.

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