Where it all began
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
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 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