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Official Biography for Ricky “Ricky T” Joseph
His rallying cry “Wham to Dem!” is immortalized on the 2007 hit “Pressure Boom”. It has become as synonymous with Ricky “Ricky T” Joseph as that monster hit that took him from Saint Lucian stages to the Trinidad Soca Monarch finals and later Madison Square Garden in New York where he performed alongside Trinidad soca legend Machel Montano.
He now stands as the most successful Saint Lucian soca artiste with 15 titles – an unprecedented six Road March, four Power Soca Monarchs, three Caribbean Soca Monarchs and two Groovy Soca Monarch titles.
The Guinness Freestyle musical competition was the first Ricky T ever entered. After that he worked with Derek Yarde of Saint Lucian band, DYP on the soca song, “Mange Manman’w” which then led to “Container” and his work with Penn and Ace of Studio 758. Born on November 26, 1982, Ricky T first tasted commercial success with the 2006 soca hit, which also made him a Power Soca Monarch finalist and led to his first of four consecutive Road March titles.
“Container” would prove to be the warm up when one year later; Ricky T released “Pressure Boom”. With the song, he would place third in the 2007 Power Soca Monarch and win his second Road March title. Like a soca tornado “Pressure Boom” would also barrel him to Trinidad and Tobago where he remains the only Saint Lucian to have represented the country in the hyper competitive Power Soca Monarch.
“Pressue Boom” also brought him to the attention of Machel Montano who invited Ricky T to join his Trinidad tour and later his first concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, the first time soca music had been a headline act at that world-renowned venue. Ricky T would follow the success of “Pressure Boom” with the 2008 hit “Wheel and Come Again” with which he would win his first of three Power Soca Monarch titles, first of three Caribbean Soca Monarch titles as well as his third consecutive Road March title. He would also again represent Saint Lucia in the Trinidad Power Soca Monarch.
In 2009, Ricky T again won the Power Soca Monarch and Road March titles, this time with “Like a Jumbie”. One year later, in 2010, he would retain his Caribbean Soca Monarch crown with “Cya Stop It”.
Vowing early on in the 2011 Carnival season to win every single soca title, Ricky T would start his date with destiny with “Indian Girl” which secured him his first Groovy Soca Monarch title. Two days later he would win the Power Soca Monarch and Road March titles with “Mad Ting”.
Undoubtedly the most successful Saint Lucian soca artiste to date, Ricky T is also the most toured with concert appearances throughout the region and the wider world including Martinique, Barbados, St Croix, New Jersey, Texas, Canada and the UK.
In 2012, he released “Mosquito” on the Stratosphere Muzic Riddim of the same name, coming in second in the Groovy Soca Monarch and “Everything” with which he came in third in the Power Soca Monarch competition. He would also release “Chanting” alongside Mongstar, Q-Pid, Ambi and Mr Killa from Grenada.
Ricky T began his 2013 Saint Lucia Carnival campaign with “40 Days and 40 Nights” on the Stratosphere Muzic Riddim of the same name alongside his younger brother Ambi, “Lucian Bacchanal (Oh Na Na)” on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Jump Over Riddim with Marie-Anne and “Junkie Bacchanal” on the Stratosphere Muzic Riddim of the same name, a duet with Mongstar. Months later he would release the power soca track “Mass Attack” on the Stratosphere Muzic Rampage Riddim followed by another groovy song, “Going Down De Road” on the Stratosphere Muzic Jump Over Riddim.
And one week after signing a deal to be the face of telecoms company Digicel 2013 Carnival campaign, Ricky T would also release the power soca song “Plenty Mash Up” on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Rebirth Riddim.
In early June Ricky T would qualify for the Groovy Soca Monarch final with “40 Days and 40 Nights” and one day later the Power Soca Monarch finals with “Mass Attack.” While focused on competition he would also continue to tour extensively performing at every major event for Saint Lucia Carnival 2013 namely Cooler Lime, Piton Rev Up, Colour Me Red, Sexy in Black and SOS.
On Saturday July 13, 2013 Ricky T was crowned the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch winning both titles as he had in 2011. Days later on Wednesday July 17, his power song “Mass Attack” was also named the winner of the Road March title.
Weeks later, Ricky T would sign with Saint Lucian record label Stratosphere Muzic. The label is owned and operated by producer Courtney “Curty” Louis with whom Ricky T had worked exclusively with in 2013.
In late August 2013, the Saint Lucian Soca King left the island for New York part of a Saint Lucia government contingent to promote Saint Lucia Carnival during Labour Day activities in New York. The same night he arrived in New York, Thursday August 29, Ricky T closed down Caribbean Woodstock, an event that also featured other Caribbean artistes. Days later on Saturday August 31, he also performed at Carnival Mania, an event produced by noted American DJ and promoter Dahvid Levy and held at the renowned Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Ricky T would continue to perform throughout Labour Day 2013 including on Sunday September 1 at an event at the Saint Lucia House and on the Saint Lucia Truck during the West Indian Day Parade on Monday September 2, 2013.
Ricky T would return to Saint Lucia to work on the music video for his title winning songs “40 Days 40 Nights” and “Mass Attack”. In October, he headlined the annual Oktoberfest concert produced by the Windward and Leeward Brewery.
Months later, in December, he released “Christmas Day” on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Christmas Cock Riddim. Ricky T would also headline the Youthfest 2013 concert held in Vieux-Fort in December.
He would begin 2014 with the release of “Jiggle It” featuring Marie-Anne, a song that is featured on the SocaSunshine Riddim produced by French based DJ Fly. Months later, in March 2014, Ricky T would also release “What is Going on?” on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Friendship Riddim, a video medley for which he was also featured.
In April 2014 Ricky T would be featured on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Truck Horn Riddim with his “More Rum”. He also closed the soca segment of the Opening of the 2014 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, performing after Saint Vincent Soca King Skinny Fabulous, Trinidad Groovy King Kerwin DuBois and Grenadian Soca Artiste Mr Killa.
In May, Ricky T would continue his work in the studio, getting ready to defend his triple crowns releasing “Rahhhh” off the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Mad People Riddim and “Nasty Pressure” on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Pretty Bounce Riddim as well as being featured on “In Di Middle Of Di Road” with Nicole David.
Ricky would continue releasing music for Saint Lucia Carnival 2014 including “De Pavement” off the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Bacchanal Overdrive Riddim in early June 2014.
Ricky released three songs in the latter part of June 2014. First, “De Truth” off the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Muzic Black Assassin Riddim followed by “Bad Company” for which a music video was also produced. The song was a collaborative effort with Trinidad Soca Monarch Shurwayne Winchester.
His third release was the groovy number “Don’t Let Go (I Am Soca)”.
A son, father and brother, Ricky T is one of the most toured artistes to emerge out of Saint Lucia whose success in competition – 15 titles to date – remains unmatched. He is also a member of the Take Over Tent.