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Rickie Byars Beckwith

Rickie Byars is one of the 21st century’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters of the New Thought Movement. She is a public speaker, community advocate, founder of the Agape International Choir, and because of her vast repertoire of inspirational songs, is highly regarded as a prominent figure in the New Thought Movement. Rickie’s body of inspirational work spans over three decades and includes 14 albums of music/choral arrangements composed by her. As a songwriter, her transcendent music opens the heart, touches the soul, and uplifts the spirit. Her songs of devotion are regularly included in spiritual centers throughout the world. She has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at numerous conferences, music festivals, and concerts. Rickie has been referred to as the Sound of Agape and is cherished in the hearts of those who know the music that resulted from her powerful partnership with Michael Bernard Beckwith, the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, Los Angeles, CA

ARTIST AND ACTIVIST

2018 marked the 20th year that Rickie Byars and Co-facilitator Greta Sesheta have led the dynamic Soul Sisters Retreat (their creation), with a fantastic team of intergenerational women. Many women through the years have testified that Soul Sisters is hands down the most fun, out of the box, diverse and eclectic women’s gathering, ever. It is fresh with lots of music from Rickie, honest with meaning, and filled with loving supportive women.

Rickie Byars is the founder of the Rhythm and Joy Music Festival, an eco-friendly, soulful celebration that for three years proved the impact of music festivals as a catalyst for changing the frequency of our lives.

Rickie Byars as a modern-day abolitionist works to raise awareness about slavery internationally, and the necessity for dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex in the USA. Rickie is on the Board of Directors for Voices4Freedom Foundation dedicated to helping abolish slavery in our lifetime. According to Rickie, “Liberation, Sustainable Living and Creativity should be the most important elements of a life.”

In 2009, her very powerful creativity founded KUUMBA-In-Motion Expressing Transformation, a hands-on, on the road, interactive learning initiative that nurtures the creative genius within children and celebrates the power of singing, storytelling, field trip adventures and FUN. KUUMBA is most precious in the hearts of children from underserved communities and privileged as well who have had the opportunity to attend KUUMBA.

Rickie now has turned her sites toward her Mother Land of Afrika as the Founder of HUBCITY LIVE/ETHIOPIA – MINCHU Project. A substantial amount of investment in time and resources has been committed to the realization of MINCHU, a technological futuristic city based on ubiquitous computing with an emphasis on building human capacity. This one-square-mile hi-tech real estate development once targeted for Compton, California is now planned for Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Minchu (The Source) is the name of the proposed city. However, many Ethiopians know the project as "The Real Wakanda." Says, Rickie, “ Ethiopia is the birthplace of human kindness and technology and it is my privilege to support this vision of MINCHU that will bring stunning beauty, progressive technologies, conscious commerce and of course… creativity and the celebration of culture in the place where it all began.”

So what becomes of a woman who has done so much for so many for so long? She lifts into her greater yet to be with a powerful resolve that she will “Land in Love Again.” That song and others from her latest album, “MY OH MY, TIME TO FLY,” are musical testimonies of what it takes to be a woman in today’s world. Says Rickie, “It takes alignment in something greater than you can see, it takes faith in the unbelievable good that is waiting for you to learn to receive it, and it takes laughter, because for real… you will make a fool of yourself from time to time, but that’s okay. The lessons you are learning are the lessons you CAME to learn in order to elevate your destiny by truly expressing your gifts.”


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