One and one with Pastor Ricky
Tell us about yourself and your music
I am the Pastor of Kingdom Connection Outreach Ministries located in Maryland. I was born on the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica in South Kingston.
I migrated to the United States in 1982 where I finished Junior high school and graduated from Northwestern high school in Adelphi, Maryland.
Prior to becoming a Born Again Christian, I spent 20 years Deejaying (Rap) on the Mic in the Dancehalls and night clubs.
In 1994, I became a Born Again Believer. I earned a BS in Management from The University of Potomac in Washington DC, I earned an MBA degree at Columbia University in Takoma Park, Maryland. I earned an MDiv degree in Divinity at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham Maryland.
I am a published author of a book titled “Without Faith, it is Impossible to Please God” which is currently available online at Amazon.com.
In February 2019, I transformed my gift of Deejaying secular Reggae Dancehall music, to Reggae Gospel music.
As a result, I was blessed to released my first album titled “From the Dance Hall to the Church Hall” which was distributed by CD Baby and is currently available online at all Digital Music Platforms Worldwide.
On August 10, 2020, I was blessed to released my second Album titled “Blessed to be a Blessing” which was distributed by CD Baby and is currently available online at all Digital Music Platforms Worldwide.
Both Gospel Reggae Albums are currently playing/streaming in over 67 different countries around the World.
Both Albums are uplifting with inspirational messages, and vibes to make you dance your feet off.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My new Gospel Reggae Album titled “Blessed to be a Blessing” consists of five different Gener beats such as Afro, Calypso Soca, Mento, Worship, and Reggae which will appeal across different cultures and countries around the World.
In addition, the Album delivers four different collaborations of Gospel Reggae Artists. The album has nine tracks which are copyrighted ©️ with the U.S. copyright office Library of Congress, BMI Performance Rights Organization, SoundExchange, and Chartmetric.
The Album is currently receiving an awesome Buzz for the lyric contents and the dynamic arrangement of different Gener of beats.
What inspired you to write this release?
I was inspired to write the lyrics for this released after performing at a couple of live Gospel concerts between June and December 2019 and receiving cheers, love, CD sales at the end of each performances. As a result, my Facebook pages, and YouTube channel began to grow with new fans.
The applauses and affections that I received at the concerts grabbed a hold of my heart.
Describe the writing and recording process
Believe it or not, the lyrics of my songs came to me while I was in the shower or while I was driving long distances on the highways.
After receiving the messages for each song, I would write them down and keep singing the words and melodies back to myself until the words became alive in me.
Because the lyrics dwelled in me, by the time I went into the recording studio booth the words begun to flow on the beats like water springing forth from the tap or pipe.
Each track was mixed and mastered in order to meet Radio and Industry standards.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
Unfortunately, and due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, I am limited to travel for live concerts.
However, as of April 2020, I have performed at 12 Virtual Gospel concerts so far. You can find the flyers on my Instagram and Facebook fan pages at Pastor Ricky Music.
I am scheduled to perform my next Virtual Gospel concerts on Saturday, October 3rd, Monday, October 12th, Sunday, November 29th, and Saturday, December 12, 2020.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
My Nitch is that I am a licensed and ordained Pastor with a track which included a Prayer and Intercession for America titled “My Heart’s Cry” on my new release.
As a result of this track, many of my Virtual Gospel concert promoters requested that I give them this song to start their shows.
My brand of music reflects a lot of Biblical teachings which brings healing to the broken-hearted who hears the songs.
In addition, I was led to write a song on the current event that described the Pandemic of Covid-19 titled “Corona Corona” which is currently streaming number one on my Spotify account.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Besides listening to my songs to see how I can improve and mature more for my future releases, I have been listening to Gospel Artists such as; Tasha Cobbs, William McDowell, Todd Delaney, Highly Favoured Blake, DA Flame, Rosey Bee, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, Papa San, Prodigal Son, and Chevel Franklin.
Who are your biggest influences?
Some of my Biggest influences are; Jesus Christ, Papa San, Prodigal Son, Tasha Cobbs, William McDowell, Todd Delaney, Chevel Franklin, and Kirk Franklin.
Tell us about your passions
Some of my Passions are Teaching, Preaching, Writing, Performing, Reading, and Helping others.
What else is happening next in your world?
Currently, I just hired artists to assist me with Marketing and Promoting my new Album titled “Blessed to be a Blessing” by writing my Press release and distributing it to over 250 different outlets.
In addition, my goal and focus are to grow my fan base by offering them quality Music and Merchandises.
Finally, I am positioning myself to get recognized by some of the Music industry leaders, and Record labels.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Pastor Ricky
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