Ruth Copeland

Ruth Copeland was an English singer whose brief career was a strange mix of seemingly opposing influences. Initially interested in country and British folk music, she came to prominence through an unlikely collaboration with American funk-rock pioneer George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic collective.

Copeland, an early label mate with Clinton, initially came to work with the group as a songwriter on the first Parliament album, receiving credit on a handful of singles and album tracks. She also performed vocals with the group in the studio. Alongside her involvement with Clinton, she began recording her solo debut, working with members of the Funkadelic half of the Clinton collective. Several members of Funkadelic broke off from the group and became permanent members of Copeland's touring and recording band.