Ricky Fante: Obama / Edwards Is The Winning Ticket

Ricky Fante checked in with his MySpace friends (@rickfante) on Saturday (January 5) with the following bulletin regarding his support for a Barack Obama and John Edwards Democratic party ticket for the 2008 presidential race: “This is a chance to have for the very first time a President and VP that are, cool, trustworthy, charismatic, “appropriately” patriotic, oh yeah; guess what? For the first time ever in American history we could have a Pres. and V-Pres. that could play an legitimate game of one on one basketball; you’ve just got to love that… hahahahaha… peace and have a fantastic new year…”

Ricky Fante Performs At Virgin Megastore In Burbank

Ricky Fante performed at the 100 Acts of Support on January 20th at the Virgin Megastore in Burbank, California. In an effort to raise money for the victims of last month’s tsunami, the Virgin Megastore Chain hosted 100 live band performances in 20 of its United States stores. All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Music for Relief Fund in conjunction with the American Red Cross fundraising efforts. Check out pictures from GettyImages.

On TV: Ricky Fante, Queen Latifah, Van Hunt

R&B acts on television this week include Ricky Fante, who performs on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Thursday; Queen Latifah, who performs on ‘Today’ on Friday; and Van Hunt, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.

Ricky Fante’s Not About Bling-Bling

Ricky Fante is pure soul and proud of it. “I believe that we have enough falsetto singers,” he tells Sean Daly of The Washington Post. “I don’t feel like smacking someone in the booty. I do enough of that already. I’m not about bling-bling. I like to talk very clear. I like to present myself in a respectful manner… I feel it’s necessary to do it this way.” The full story at washingtonpost.com has since been removed.

Ricky Fante’s Retro Soul

Ricky Fante 'Rewind'

On his debut CD, singer Ricky Fante recalls a bygone era when the airwaves were filled with the soulful sounds of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke. Fante talked with NPR’s Susan Stamberg about how these and other great soul singers inspired him. He also discussed working with songwriter and producer Jesse Harris on the CD. Listen to the feature below.

The New World Of Old Soul

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News profiled the new generation of retro-soul musicians including Bo-Keys, Joss Stone, Ricky Fante and Ellis Hooks. “I felt that the world doesn’t need another smooth neo-soul singer,” Fante explained to Farber. “I wanted something that would put more of a push on my throat, that classic soul style.” The full article at nydailynews.com has since been removed or relocated.

Ricky Fante ‘It Ain’t Easy’ Video

Ricky Fante 'It Ain't Easy' music video

Ricky Fante is out with the video to his new single ‘It Ain’t Easy’, off the Washington, DC R&B singer’s second album ‘Rewind’, out soon on Virgin Records. Watch it via YouTube below.