Where it all began
Singer/songwriter. Born in Jamaica raised in hackney and settled in Birmingham. Ricardo Williams was always surrounded by musical influences during his childhood. “I started singing at age 7,” recalls Ricardo. “Since then, I wanted to expand my musical involvement, so I started singing in talent shows, school plays, church and around friends and family.” The next step for Ricardo was to create and share his own music, so at the age of 12, he began writing his own lyrics to various instrumentals. Influenced by artists such as Boyz II Men, Donnie Hathaway, H-Town, Dru Hill, Jodeci, Tank and Dave Hollister Ricardo already had a set of strong models from which he was able to create his own blueprint. “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.”
Ricardo’s singing and song writing eventually led him to join premier group ‘The Company’ releasing, the wildly praised album ‘The Lost code’
Taking a Brief hiatus from the limelight. Ricardo decided he would hone his skills by and still feed his passion for music by doing backing vocals for artist such as; Tweet, Onishia, Shea Norman, Dwele, Keisha McFarland, Joy Denalane, Bilal, Jeffery Daniels and G – force to name a few.
After the success of the first mixtape ‘Soundcheck’ Ricardo has gone on to win several awards and nominations, gained nationwide exposure through local and national radio plays of his singles ‘Storm’ ‘Make Me Right’ and ‘LYA’
During this time Ricardo went back in the studio and crafted ‘The Show’ a very intimate follow up album and in some respects a window into his life. The album achieved phenomenal success entering the iTunes R&B charts at Number 2 with pre orders only.
Peaking at the Right Time
In July of 2015, Ricardo dropped an expected covers EP with songs such as Kings of Leon ‘use somebody’ his emotional cover of ‘Say something’ and his R&B infused version and of ‘Latch.’ The EP proved pretty successful with over 36 thousand plays on Soundcloud and countless downloads from around the world.
On the 14th December 2016, Ricardo released a single including a lyric video for his R&B/Trap take on a Christmas favourite ‘This Christmas’ produced by Johnathan ‘Ginger’ Hamilton. The single had over 130k Soundcloud plays and was playlisted on BBC introducing. It was also caught the attention of popular American blog the Singers Room.
in 2016 Ricardo Williams took a page from the golden era (the 90s) for his release, “Deeper.” On the sultry gem, which he wrote, arranged, recorded, mixed, and released in 24hrs, the talented singer/songwriter delivers thought-provoking, passion-filled lyrics and lush and heartstrings-pulling harmonies. This song completely took off and made it as BBC 1Xtra’s track of the week!
«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