Ursula Rucker

Ursula Rucker born and raised in Philadelphia, and as a poet and performance artist, has enchanted critics and fans across the globe with her diverse repertoire, captivating vocals and accessible poetic verse.

Critics have compared Ursula to celebrated writers like Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni. Ursula’s work has been described as part of a growing movement that is slowly adapting its aural sensibilities to women, particularly in the hip-hop and urban music.

She has performed her work at an array of venues, universities, and festivals including Montreaux Jazz Festival, Winter Music Conference, Theatre of the Living Arts, Painted Bride Art Center, World Café Live, and Drexel University. She has toured extensively and as a global activist, she headlined the FREEDOM Festival in Australia in 2005. Beyond the 5 solo albums Supa Sista, Silver or Lead, ma'am mama, Ruckus Soundsysdom, and SHE SAID to her credit, she has also worked on countless projects and collaborations like The Roots, 4 HERO, URB, VIBE, XXL, Panache, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Straight No Chaser to name a few.

As an artist who has performed in many continents, countries, classrooms, and community centers, Ursula sees herself as an ambassador of culture, socio-political issues, truth, and love.


Photo: Kevin Gift

Photo: Kevin Gift