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Rickie Byars Beckwith, a gifted composer and singer who has healed the hearts and lifted the spirit of countless listeners, announces the June 21st release of her debut book, Let My Soul Surrender. The book is accompanied in an exquisite package by her eighth solo CD of the same name. Rickie BB, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, carries on in the soul and rhythm & blues tradition of Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke and the music of Motown, Liverpool and Stax Records. Her talent has earned her a dedicated international fan base and over 100,000 records independently sold worldwide.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Rickie has been inspired to author an exceptional book of poetic prose, memoir and storytelling styles that converge in a colorful mosaic of imagery and memories. Her stories are embellished by the graphic design of Judi Paliungas and paintings by artist extraordinaire, Dudley Declaime Perkins (of SomeOthaShipConnect). Award-winning photographers Bonnie Schiffman, Shawn Keane, and Carl Studna; and amazing fashion designers that include House of SITA and the Wilbourn Sisters round out the project. Cascading with grace, rhythm and Rickie's trademark honesty, humor and home-spun wisdom, Let My Soul Surrender provides an intimate look at how the Spirit works through the artist in the creation of her music.
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