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.
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"