Ruth Picker | Success After a Thirty-Year Break | The Art Hunter | Ep 20 | NOW LIVE

In this episode of The Art Hunter, David Hunt talks to creator and songwriter Ruth Picker about her success with music after leaving it for thirty years.  

Ruth was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied classical piano and composition, sparking her love for songwriting from an early age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts she then studied to become an accountant. As her corporate career flourished, her love for music creation and poetry would take a backseat.

Ruth’s corporate career has comprised of a long relationship with the firm Ernst & Young (EY), whose purpose is to build a better working world. She has held many voluntary committee positions both in Australia and internationally. 

In 2013, armed with life’s experiences and triggered by personal tragedy, Ruth returned to songwriting for the first time in almost 30 years. She remembered and scored all of her old songs and subsequently embarked on the creation of new material. 

Through the re-discovery of her old material, and guidance from Rockcandy Productions, Ruth’s passion re-emerged in the form of The Song Tailors, a project that would weave music and true stories together. The Song Tailors was conceived with the intention of providing an ongoing platform for emerging and established artists to thrive and prosper in the creative industry. Showcasing world-class production, songwriting, and outstanding talent; The Song Tailors is music from the soul, for the soul. 

The ‘First Five’ EP is dedicated to her late father –  an accomplished harmonica player in his own right. This debut EP features various talented artists including vocalists Nathan Lay, Rebecca Selley, Rose Alexandar, Adrian Hood, and suitably, the legendary harmonica player Chris Wilson.


In The Art Hunter, David Hunt explores the artist with an in-depth look into their background; where they came from, the type and work they do, their latest work and where they see the future. 


Host: David Hunt 

Producers: David Hunt and Simon Barnett (

Director: Tim Barnett 

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About The Author

David Hunt

David Hunt is The Art Hunter and is dedicated to interviews with artists of various disciplines - from visual arts to theatre; from writers to actors; from gallery curators to dancers. His aim is to showcase all aspects of the arts, with up close and personal in-depth conversations. David Hunt’s love for the arts and his friendship with so many artists as a presenter/producer of a weekly arts program on JOY 94.9 - Sunday Arts Magazine, which has been running for over six years. David is always on the “Hunt” for new & emerging artists. He is very grateful that he has been given this opportunity to support the arts. David’s background over the past 30 years, was with international & local record companies, in senior management roles - publicity, promotions, marketing. With EMI, Virgin, BMG & MDS (an offshoot of Mushroom), plus his own PR/Marketing company. Looking after some of the biggest international & local names in the industry.

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