“Every song has a story behind it. Sometimes they are exciting and hopeful. Sometimes they are heart wrenching and full of questions.” – Rickie Byars Beckwith A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Rickie’s early musical roots can be traced to Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Same Cooke and the music of Motown, Liverpool and Memphis. She began singing at the age of three and over time evolved her unique style, talent and flair to become lead singer with the New York Jazz Quartet, the Pharoah Sanders Ensemble and the Ronald Muldrow Ensemble. Rickie currently tours internationally as singer/songwriter and facilitator of women’s retreats. Rickie Byars Beckwith has recorded eight original solo albums including, "I Found a Deeper Love," "In the Land of I AM," "Soul Fulfilling," "From Within," "Pray For Me," "Supreme Inspiration," and "The Love Project." Rickie has appeared with Grammy Award winning recording artist John Legend and Will.i.am at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention, at Lincoln Center, the United Nations, the Jefferson Memorial, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Freedom Awards, the CNN Hero Awards, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Terminal Island Federal Prison, Dharamasala, India and to sold-out audiences at Royce Hall, the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, The Greek Theater and the Getty Center.
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