Mars ruled and first sign of the zodiac chart, Aries is the firestarter that brings new things with the coming of spring and the daunting spirit of the Greek warrior God that rules the season. Those who are cosmically endowed with its influence are noted for a capriciousness that breeds originality, a fierce demeanor and a commitment only to the certainty of the moment. Nicki Richards is one of those powerhouse vocalists in the realm of the Aries pantheon that includes Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Diana Ross, Jill Scott, Stephanie Mills and Luther Vandross. Rational thinkers and religious believers who consider astrology to be a heathenish superstition might be open to the concept put forth in Malcolm Gladwell’s survey in Outliers that observes the same month birthdays of the majority of junior hockey players in Canada. Richard’s March 24th birthday puts her in that special group of leading singers but the difference is that she earned her status as one of the most venerated supporting singers of the past 20 years. Since the late ‘80’s Richards has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Tina Turner and she just finished a run on Madonna’s Sweet And Sticky tour, which will resume in the summer months. She is a classic R&B singer, actress, songwriter and she even did work as one of Frankie Knuckle’s house music divas.