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BIO (short)


Rickie BBRickie Byars Beckwith is one of the 21st century’s most revered singer-songwriters whose transcendent music opens the heart, touches the soul, and uplifts the spirit. 

Rickie's extensive music catalogue is heard on the radio and on soundtracks for movies and television.  Her songs of unconditional love and spiritual transformation are the highlight of consciousness raising events throughout the world.  She has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America, and at countless Peace Concerts that promote unity and the principles of non-violence.

"Spirit encourages me to be a voice of inspiration," says Rickie.  In being an example of change and possibility, Rickie supports numerous organizations that work tirelessly to help improve the lives of others.  Several times each year, Rickie organizes benefit performances and music compilations that help gather ideas and resources that bring “Water to a Dry Land.”

In Culver City, California, Rickie is the Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where she directs the 200-member Agape International Choir. Together with her husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, their powerful partnership has resulted in a dynamic catalogue of songs that enable transformational healing through the power of music.  

Backed by some of the most accomplished musicians from Los Angeles and beyond, the Agape International Choir is heard daily throughout North America, Europe, Ghana, South Africa, Egypt, India – and all places in between.  Featured guest artists who regularly perform with the Choir include John Legend, Will.I.Am, Stevie Wonder, Niki Haris, Brenda Marie Eager, and Tim McAfee-Lewis.

 

PRESS RELEASE

LOS ANGELES, Summer/Fall 2011 - Rickie Byars Beckwith, a gifted composer and singer who has healed the hearts and lifted the spirit of countless fans and friends, announces the release of her debut book, "Let My Soul Surrender: Grace Notes of a Journey," with a companion CD by the same name. Rickie BB as she is affectionately called, is the Music and Arts Director of the world famous 200-voice Agape International Choir and House Band, and wife of Agape Founder and Spiritual Director, Michael Bernard Beckwith (esteemed teacher in The Secret). 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 a singer/songwriter, facilitator of women's retreats.

 

Rickie and her husband, Michael, form a prodigious and powerful partnership that has produced a dynamic catalog of original songs focused on evoking and supporting trasformational healing through the power of music. These songs touch the heartstrings of many. Because the songs are prolific, she regularly shares vocal talents with featured guest artists including her daughter, Georgia Anne Muldrow, KRS-ONE, Charles Holt, Tim McAfee-Lewis, Niki Haris, Jami Lula, India Arie, Brenda Marie Eager, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Will.i.am, John Legend; and in the past - Carl Anderson, Teena Marie, and Roy Galloway to name a few. Her dedicated an growing international fan base, including celebrity support, has helped her sell over 100,000 records independetly, worldwide. Rickie plans a world tour to promote the book/CD package, "Let My Soul Surrender: Grace Notes of a Journey," beginning in Kansas City and ending in Denmark this October.

 The Book. Never one to rest on her laurels, Rickie has been inspired to author an exceptional book of poetic prose, memoir and storytelling styles that converge in a colorful mosaic of imagery and memories. Her stories are embellished by the graphic design of Judi Paliungas & Suzanne Abrams, with paintings  by artist extraordinaire, Dudley Declaime Perkins (of SomeOthaShipConnect). Award-winning photographers Bonnie Schiffman, Shawn Keane, and Carl Studna capture her moods and her joy. Amazing fashion designs by the House of SITA and the Wilbourn Sisters round out the project. Cascading with grace, rhythm and Rickie's trademark honesty, humor and homespun wisdom, "Let My Soul Surrender" provdes and intimate look at how the Spirit works through the artist in the creation of her music.

 

The CD. For her newest release, Rickie has assembled a crew of musicians and singers, each a noted musician in their own right. Georgia Anne Muldrow, Diva Gray, James Gadson, Ndugu Chancler, Sekou Bunce and Parliament Funikadelic's Ricky Rouse rally under the quiet leadership of John Barnes, who produced and co-wrote with Michael Jackson and has platinum and gold records from Lionel Ritchie, Pointer Sisters, Janet Jackson and Toni braxton. Says Rickie, "The music on this CD is so special for so many reasons. I truly accepted that I get to be me this time! I've been recording for many eyars with incredible producers but this time, I knew what I wanted to feel and I stood for my ideas!"

 

DISCOGRAPHY. 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," "The Love Project," and "Let My Soul Surrender." She has produced five albums for the Agape Center, four which feature the Agape International Choir

Rickie has appeared with Grammy-Award winning recording artists 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.

 Media Contact: Wendy Zahler: wwleegz2000@aol.com or Tim McAfee-Lewis: music@agapelive.com