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Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Ricky Kej
Episode 3811th August 2021 • Now to Next with Nick Nanton • Nick Nanton
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Nick Nanton sits down with Ricky Kej, a Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer who has performed in over 30 countries, including at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva. Ricky is also a renowned Environmentalist and has been named a United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist. Ricky won a Grammy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015 for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’ which was in the Best New Age Album category. The album also debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart in August 2014. His incredible body of work includes 17 studio albums, over 3500 commercials and four feature films.

Now, Ricky has a new album out titled "Divine Tides," which was produced in collaboration with 5-time Grammy Award winner Stewart Copeland of The Police. The album is a tribute to the magnificence of our natural world and it features many acclaimed artists from around the world.

Timestamps:

  • 1:37: A brief bio of Ricky Kej
  • 4:07: Ricky's early life, from growing up to choosing a career path
  • 17:45: Music is the hardest business in the world
  • 19:21: Ricky compares his approach to commercial music vs. artistic music
  • 22:18: Nick and Ricky discuss his 2015 Grammy-winning album
  • 25:12: Ricky's experience mentoring refugees in musical composition
  • 33:12: Ricky discusses the instruments he can play and how he started learning them
  • 37:23 Ricky explains his ambitions for his latest album "Divine Tides"
  • 40:53 Where to learn more about Ricky Kej

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