A little over a year ago Erik Rico released Journey Back To Me, a blithe mash-up of Timbaland, Prince and Stevie Wonder’s verve championing pure soul music. Rico’s favor with finicky R&B fans comes during the third phase of his music career after earlier stints writing and producing for others and being an artist under contract with a major corporation. He produced music for a Tupac project, Jurassic 5 and Ladybug Mecca while being signed as an artist to Columbia Records. The latter gig arranged by American Idol judge Randy Jackson who was vice-president of the A & R department. But the North Carolina native’s creative discontent spurred him to leave the Sony owned subsidiary for the responsibilities and freedoms of being an independent artist. This year he has a few releases coming out under his Lifenotes label including The Higher Frequency EP that continues his expedition into the possibilities of organic and synthetic shaped R&B.
How did you get discovered by Randy Jackson?
My relationship with Randy came as a result of he and my cousin having a music production company based in LA. and them bringing me in as a staff producer/writer. After my initial meeting with Randy, he took my music to a quarterly brand meeting at Sony in New York to pitch songs/ production for artists on the label, he was informed not to break up my music but to sign me as a self contained artist to Columbia records, at which he was the VP at the time.