Ricky Nevado

"People think making a break-through in our industry is so mysterious and strategic; but so much of it is simply fortuitous timing and dumb luck," explains Capsicum CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer,

 

"I met Ricky Nevado in the process of securing the booking of other Capsicum artists for Hartford, Connecticut's annual West Indian Independence Celebration concert in Bushnell Park. The talent selection process for that event was chaired by Ricky's manager, Junior Wellington, whom I've known even before I moved here. He, in turn, introduced me to Ricky, advising me his young nephew would also be performing at that show.

 

"I already knew Junior has an ear for talent; so I invited Ricky to come to our studio to see if he could add a little DJ/singjay part to a record with L.A. Artist Tanta T I was producing with Joseph Everton "Reality" Weekes, a reggae remake of the r&b/smooth jazz classic No Ordinary Love since we had already decided we didn't want it to sound like just a reggae version of Sade's original. What Ricky came up with was an unexpected surprise and I immediately asked him if he'd like to voice another song or two for the label, the first of which is our reggae remake of the Eddie Arnold/Ray Charles country classic You Don't Know Me.

 

"He's such a quick study," says Meltzer. "He has a sophistication about melody and sense of harmony and an understanding of his voice and range  that belies his youth; people instantly fall in love with his warm engaging voice."

 

A native Jamaican transplant to Hartford, Ricky's music passion sprang from seeing his mother singing in the church choir and his father playing the drums.

 

"However, my mother always taught my sister and me how to sing, and it's has grown to become part of us," says Nevado.

 

"I started singing at devotions in school and then I joined the church and school choirs. In high school, I entered the JCDC (Jamaica Cultural Development Commission) festival. On that stage I also realized that I love playing the piano. I joined the school band and started playing. I did an amateur track and sent it to my uncle in America where he shared it with his friends. One of the friends that he shared it with was the iconic Freddie McGregor, who commented that “the youth has talent, man."

 

Kong Star Records of Connecticut took an interest in the vocals, and after some correspondence, asked Nevado to write a song which became Rock Me.

 

"Rock Me is both factual and fictional, Ricky recalls. "It’s a part of my life story about how hard it was to get a job, and also about what I see going on with some females unwilling to endure the suffering of a guy until his break comes through; however, this song commends the real women who are out there.

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"I’m always inspired by the positivity of music young people take an interest in, like in the clean lyrics of Romain Virgo, Dalton Harris, Chronixx and also the veterans in music. I've received positive feedback on how true the lyrics are, along with the beautiful video. The listeners also urged me doing more music of substance and creativity.

 

Drawing inspiration and style from reggae, r&b and gospel. Nevado is equally comfortable in the studio and on the concert stage, but he loves drawing on the energy of an audience.

 

"Performing on stage is the more interactive part of music, when people can actually see the live instrument, although it’s the part that is always a work in progress.

 

He's currently working on an original piece called Black Woman.

 

"The song addresses the beauty of the black female; but for me, the main target is getting the musical message across the world to all nations."