Ricky Rebel was discovered by Michael Jackson, toured with Britney Spears, signed to Michael Jackson’s custom-label at Sony, then Madonna’s Maverick label. Now, the former lead vocalist of No Authority, Ricky G., now known as Ricky Rebel, is back with an edgy solo release, “The Blue Album”, featuring his single “Star”. Ricky produced the album, Claudio Cueni (JLo) mixed the tracks and the album is available through iTunes (http://bit.ly/1tsDZY1) and www.RickyRebelRocks.com.
“The Blue Album” is a journey of decadent, glam-pop rebel-music tracks with hints of Adam Lambert and Madonna. The songs are musical stories of love, loss, ambition, inspiration, rebellion, salvation and living unapologetically without fear. The collection is also a reflective look at the events that have shaped his life after dying his hair blue.
“My life changed dramatically when I turned my hair blue,” Ricky explains. “Blue is associated with healing elements of the sky and heavens. Blue is beautiful, but it’s also associated with dark feelings and depression. I created an album that reflected all of the complexities of the color. There are light-blue and dark-blue sides to the album.”
The album opens with the anthem-track “Star” then dips into the emotional highs and lows through songs including the tongue-and-check “Boys And Sometimes Girls” in which Ricky hilariously sings about a “rather freaky problem” that he has, “Around the World (Sekaijū No)”, a nod to Ricky’s deep love of Japanese culture, and “Rebel the Darkness”, a track dedicated to the LGBT community that encourages people to take a stand for those who are afraid to stand on their own.
“The Blue Album” is the follow up to Ricky’s 2012 “Manipulator” album that features the hits “Geisha Dance”, “Get It On”, “You Need a Woman” and the title track. “Geisha Dance” spent ten weeks on the Mediabase chart that powers “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”, and MTV’s “Good Vibes” also featured music from the album.
About Ricky Rebel
In 1997, recording artist Ricky G. burst on the scene as the lead vocalist of the boy-band No Authority who later toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson among others. Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, and Britney Spears) produced their first album, “Keep On”, and Michael Jackson signed the band to his own MJJ Music custom-label at Sony. In 2000, they signed with Madonna’s Maverick label to release their namesake album. The album reached #18 on the Billboard
Heatseekers Albums chart. Their signature hit, “Can I Get Your Number” peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 40 chart while “I’m Telling You This” appeared on “The Rugrats in Paris” soundtrack. The band then toured with Britney Spears. Following the break-up of No Authority, Ricky became the lead vocalist of Harlow from 2004-2009 during which time he released “Unstoppable” (2005), mixed and engineered by Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios and produced by Grammy-winning producer Randy Cantor (Ricky Martin).
Ricky also leant his voice to films including “Apollo 13” starring Tom Hanks, “Anywhere But Here” starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman and the “Anastasia” soundtrack. In addition, he appeared on episodes of “American Dreams”, “Boston Public”, “Audrina” (Vh1) and starred in Debbie Allen’s ballet, “Pepito’s Story”, which opened at the Kennedy Center in New York City.
Ricky G. became Ricky Rebel and embarked on a solo career after My Chemical Romance invited him to costar in their “NA NA NA” and “Sing” videos. In 2012, he won the Artist of the Year at the RAWards and released the “Manipulator” album featuring the hits “Geisha Dance”, “Get It On”, “You Need a Woman” and the title track. MTV’s “Good Vibes” also featured music from the album. In 2013, “Geisha Dance” spent ten weeks on the Mediabase Chart, the chart that powers “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”. Now, in 2014, Ricky is taking the stage again with his new self-produced release, “The Blue Album”, mixed by Claudio Cueni (JLo).