Margaret Eckford (born November 21, 1985) grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and attended a private Christian high school and attended music school in Sydney, Australia. Ruelle is now based in Nashville, Tennessee. She adopted the French word “Ruelle” as her stage name because she liked how it gave off a sense of darkness and mystery, and how it has multiple meanings, including “chamber”.
Ruelle, is an American electropop singer-songwriter.Her music has been used on television series such as the opening theme songs of Dynasties(“Game of Survival”), Shadowhunters (“This Is the Hunt”), and The Shannara Chronicles (“Until We Go Down”).
Though Nashville is known for country music and rock-and-roll, Ruelle’s first two albums, For What It’s Worth (2010) and Show and Tell (2012), released under her birth name Maggie Eckford were indie pop. She then adopted the stage name Ruelle to represent her musical career, and moved towards electronic pop with EPs Up in Flames (2015), Madness (2016), and Rival (2017).
Songwriting in Nashville for the past seven years has allowed her to experiment with multiple genres of music, and She eventually found herself gravitating towards more cinematic production. As a kid, she discovered a whole new world of music through broadway. She began teaching herself how to play songs from shows like Phantom of the Opera and Cats. She think she’ve always been drawn to music with a little drama. Even at a young age, she was deeply moved by music with real strings and big orchestral elements. The way the dynamics would rise and fall- it was something she couldn’t get away from.
Ruelle’s first television placement was a song in a Japanese iPad commercial.
Ruelle’s best-performing song on the Billboard charts was I Get to Love You, which reached #15 on the Spotify‘s Viral 50 on March 5, 2016.
Ruelle also provided vocals to the song 10 Feet Down by NF, part of the album Perception which hit #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart in 2017.
It wasn’t long before her haunting songs began to find their way onto multiple television shows and film trailers, and in 2019 RUELLE was named “Top Synced Artist of 2018” by Billboard and #2 in 2020. Her songs have been heard on shows like Arrow, Inhumans, Dancing with the Stars, The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30, Cloak & Dagger, Eyewitness, Famous in Love, Grey’s Anatomy, Guilt, How to Get Away with Murder, The Leftovers, Midnight, Texas, The Originals, Pretty Little Liars, Quantico, Reckless, Reign, Revenge, Riverdale, Scream, Sleepy Hollow, So You Think You Can Dance, Teen Wolf, Titans, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, Wynonna Earp, and The Village. She has also landed songs in promos for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Google’s 2018 year end campaign, and several feature film trailers including Free State of Jones, Bad Moms, and Keeping up with the Joneses.
Ruelle has also been collaborating with some friends since 2018 on the side project Club Yoko. Their song I AM was in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 commercials.
RUELLE’S latest releases include two EP’s entitled Earth Glow and Exodus, both released in 2019. She is currently writing songs for her next project, set to be released in 2020.
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