Singer-songwriter Ricardo Williams was born in Jamaica, raised in Hackney and has now settled in Birmingham, UK. Music became a key part of his life at an early stage. He found his voice at 7 years old and started to sing in talent shows, school plays, church and around friends and family. Already at the young age of 12, he began to explore writing his own music to various instrumentals.
Ricardo’s professional singing career began with Gospel music. He released two solo projects and two projects with the gospel collective ‘The Company’. His musical style was always influenced by artists such as Boyz II Men, Donnie Hathaway, H-Town, Dru Hill, Jodeci, Tank and Dave Hollister and it was a natural progression for him to start making R&B music.
With such strong role models, he was able to draw inspiration and set his own blueprint on a genre that he truly loves. Ricardo explains “I think a lot of people try to recreate the songs of the past. I try to recreate the feelings of what I loved about those songs. I try to make my own melodies that bring out those feelings in people. When I write I want you to feel whatever emotion I am going through. I want it to feel personal. I want you to feel like you are in my life”. In 2016 his single ‘Deeper’ grabbed the attention of R&B lovers and received radio support from BBC 1Xtra and across community radio stations.
As well as working on original music over the last few years, Ricardo has done backing vocals for a number of high profile artists including Dwele, Tweet, Bilal, Joy Denalane and on Emeli Sande’s latest album. Quickly gaining the reputation as one of the strongest vocalists in the UK, Ricardo is now back in 2018 and ready to share new music. His current single ‘Come Over’ which was featured as DJ Ace’s ‘Track Of The Week’ will be part of his upcoming EP, planned to drop later in the year.
«When I write I want you to feel whatever emotion I am going through. I want it to feel personal. I want you to feel like you are in my life. »
– Ricardo Williams