As a young child, Ursula Ricks sang often. She dreamed of entertaining and was influenced by movies and entertainers she watched with her grandmother. Movies like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals like Carousel affected her, along with stories her grandmother would tell while she watched and listened. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Shirley Temple movies also had an impact on Ursula as a young child.
Ursula soon fell in love with the blues listening to her mom sing in the living room, and she wrote her first song at the age of 16. In her early twenties, she formed an all-female band, began writing original music and playing in local clubs.
She was later introduced to and educated further in the art of blues music by the players who came to perform at a local Baltimore club called the Full Moon Saloon. She called her band Ursula Ricks Project, for all the players she had been fortunate to share the stage with at the time. Ursula has opened for Johnny Lang in Baltimore and played the very first (annual) Baltimore Blues Festival.
With no formal training, Ursula has the gift of voice. She has been performing along the East Coast from New York to Florida for over 20 years and has played with some of the best artists in blues and soul. As someone remarked upon hearing her sing, Once you've heard Ursula Ricks, you are forever changed by the sultry voice and the way she makes your heart and soul feel." Ursula's new CD will do nothing less than her voice on stage has always done. She will move you to tears or move you to dance; either way, you're gonna be moved!