After achieving massive success producing and writing chart-topping hits across all genres, Ricky Reed is returning to his roots as an artist, releasing an autobiographical solo song three years in the making. “Express Myself” is out now via Epic Records – Listen to it below. While Ricky has been helping other artists tell their stories lately, he is ready to start telling his own starting with his most personal song to date and his first since 2013.
“The current climate in this country had me thinking about how we should never take our freedom of expression for granted. I’ve spent the last three years hiding from the spotlight. It just felt like it was time to lay my truth on the line,”- says Ricky.
As Ricky’s musical path took him in different directions and to new heights over the years with everything from Wallpaper to producing major artists, he never forgot the hope, yearning and unease detailed in “Express Myself” that he experienced when he set out to be an artist in 2013. Now that he has come full circle from artist to producer to artist again, his new song showcases a more intimate side to his songwriting and is a fitting nod to the start of an exciting new chapter – back to where it all began. PRESS HERE to hear Instagram audio clips of personal insights from Ricky in his own words about the life events that precipitated his journey as an artist.
The release of “Express Myself” caps another whirlwind month for Ricky, as his label Nice Life Recording Company releases Russian feminist punk outfit Pussy Riot’s new EP xxx this month (in partnership with Dave Sitek’s label Federal Prism and Big Deal Music. Ricky also produced the song “Make America Great Again” on xxx.) Earlier in the month, Nice Life Recording Company (under Atlantic Records) released acclaimed rapper-vocalist Lizzo’s EP Coconut Oil. (PRESS HERE to read about his new label via Billboard and PRESS HERE to get a peek behind the scenes from SPIN at Ricky’s studio compound and label headquarters in Elysian Park, CA.) He executive produced and co-wrote Phantogram’s album Three, which spawned current Top 10 Alternative hit “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” Ricky was also recently featured on SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning as a top hop-hop producer for his work with D.R.A.M. and Dej Loaf.
As one of the industry’s most in-demand producers and songwriters, Ricky has garnered attention from the likes of Mashable, Vulture, Idolator, SPIN, EW, The Fader and more, and helmed albums and songs for some of 2016’s biggest artists including twenty one pilots (Ricky produced #1 hit “Ride” and 7 other songs on the band’s RIAA Platinum album Blurryface) and Meghan Trainor (he executive produced and co-wrote her album Thank You, including hit singles “NO” and “Me Too.”)
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