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J-ricz

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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"J-ricz: Upcoming R&B/Pop Artist"

"Newest sensational singer. His performance is memorable and astounding." - Philippine Headlines


"J-ricz"

"Latest Filipino-American community's music pride" - DP Discovering Pinoys Magazine


"Philippine Headlines 2007 Gawad Parangal Awards Night"

J-ricz awarded as the 2007 "Most Promising Male Singer of the Year" at the 6th Annual Gawad Parangal Awards Night in Sacramento, Ca - Philippine Headlines


"The Music Healer"

The Music Healer



His music heals. Serious. Carlo Ricafort, a pop/R&B/club singer popularly known as J-RICZ, was crowned 2007 "Most Promising Male Singer of the Year" at the Gawad Parangal Awards Night in Sacremento, C.A. His EP album, on My Space Music, showcases his voice with an astoundingly wide range, imbued with a falsetto that is solid at high octaves. The voice crooning tales of love breathes of boyish tones with a husky hue. His smooth delivery of rap with above average enunciation does not jar on the ears, which only a seasoned singer can achieve. There is a trap that this singer-songwriter-producer falls into though. Mainstream music consist at most three keys for easy memory. All J-RICZ's songs are purposely tweaked "flat" to cater to this phenomenon but only has a result of understating his talent. Moreover, J-RICZ misses total control over his voice just by that little bit. Nevertheless, his music is akin to the scent of lavender, soothing your nerves. Look forward to his debut CD titled Genesis in early 2008.



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Discography

J-ricz songwriting/singing/performance/credits:

-Signed a two year licensing deal agreement with an independent record label in Japan (Inpartmaint Inc.) for the debut album Genesis

-Music Publishing deal with an independent music publisher RAS Music Group based in Los Angeles, Ca

-Feature single "My Everything" on "The Upper Room with Joe Kelley" www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com

-Feature single "Lose Control" on podcast radio show Heavy Rotation Show with host Dj Marlino www.heavyrotationshows.com

- Feature single "I Sure Remember" performed by Next Phaze played on several online radio stations, airplay on Wave 89.1 in the Philippines

-"I Sure Remember" performed by Next Phaze featured on compilation CD by Epicenter Media entitled "With Love"

"A Thousand Years" Single
-"A Thousand Years" performed by Next Phaze featured on fil-am independent film,"Lumpia" and movie soundtrack

Television
• Star Tomorrow on NBC: www.startomorrow.com
- Aired live audition on national television 8/31/06, 8pm on NBC
- Auditioned for Grammy producer David Foster and legendary artist ZZ Top
- Top 100 Finalist
- Stayed for four weeks in the contest.

• Commemorate 9/11: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
- Sang national anthem on national television 9/11/02, KPIX Channel 5
- Full newspaper, TV news coverage

Contests
• Enter XP Asian American Pop Star Winner: www.enterxp.com
- Winner out of 10 Finalists, 1000’s of contestants
- Received $3,000 in recording/production time at Sound Affairz Studios in Hollywood
- Performed at Scottish Rite Auditorium in LA along side Grammy winning artist All 4 One
- 1,000+ in attendance

Promotions
• Myspace: www.myspace.com/nextphaze
- Top 30 R&B Artist
- 2,000+ plays daily
- 16,000+ friends
- 425,000+ plays, 190,000+ views

• Club single: “Hit It Up” off of Debut album “Back to the Mic”
- Featuring Bay Area San Francisco Radio artist Clyde Carson of the TEAM
- Played in Bay Area San Francisco Clubs: Glaskat, 1015, Ibiza, Boondocks, Suite 181, Tonic, NV
- Featured on Rick Lee Mix Tape

• Radio
- Online Radio show "The Upper Room with Joe Kelley
- Online podcast show Heavy Rotation Show with host Dj Marlino
- 95.7 Interview & Performance, San Francisco, CA
- 94.9 Interview & Performance, San Francisco, CA
- Spinatiks Online Radio, San Jose, CA
- 89.3 Killer Bee, Philippines
Performances
- WPKN Bridgeport, CT
- WPKM Montauk, NY
- XTSR Towson University Towson, MD
- WERG Gannon University Erie, PA
- Banana Peel Radio Vancouver, Canada
- MUSZIK 4 ALL Web Radio

• Fiesta Filipina 2006: Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA
- 30,000+ in attendance
- 20 minute set

• Side A-Freestyle Concert: Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA
- 9,000+ in attendance
- Opening Act for 20 minutes

• Partnership Walk: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
- 7,000+ in attendance
- Celebrity Guests

• FPAC 2005: San Pedro, CA
- 10,000+ in attendance
- Most CD Sales for all artists attending

Awards
• 2007 Gawad Parangal Awards Night, Sacramento, CA
- Awarded “Most Promising Male Singer of the Year”

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Bio

Pas’sion; defined as a strong and dedicated feeling personified by actions.

In one word, Passion is the driving force that enables Carlo I. Ricafort to pursue his life long goal of sharing his talent for music. Recognized by his loyal fans as “J-Ricz”, he has developed the skills that embody all successful musicians. Every “J-Ricz” performance ensures quality and his trademark energy, composed of both exuberance and vivacity to guarantee a performance that everyone is sure to enjoy. As a Ballad and R&B artist his talents in music composition, vocal range, acting, and dance technique, differentiate him from other performers. Post-High school graduation, J-Ricz formed a group comprised of four other members, notoriously known in the Bay Area as “Next Phaze”.

In 2003 the group introduced an EP album that redefined the foundation that created the original sounds and style of Next Phaze. Three years later their endless efforts paid off by releasing their first full-length album, Back to the Mic. After 6 years of a life-lasting brotherhood, the legacy of Next Phaze remains constant to their fans. As J-Ricz begins his journey as a soloist he is commended on his contribution to the music community. His strengths lie in the capacity to innovate and encourage those around him. It is clear to see that J-Ricz is full of heart and soul. He is a self-empowered individual that seeks the comfort of music as an outlet in life. J-Ricz’s experiences while with Next Phaze have been invaluable, instilling the importance of collaboration and dedication. Now focusing on his solo career, he worked on his debut album, Genesis, released in 2008, which marks the beginning of his own music as a soloist. Genesis featured the smooth blends that have helped him and his former group, Next Phaze, earn a fan base of over 40,000 people.
His singles “My Everything,” “Do For You,” “Beautiful Life,” & “It’s All About You” showcased his songwriting which is built upon J-Ricz’s personal life. Genesis helped pave the way for an international success.

In 2009, Executive Producer Mr. Morio Kuwahara of Inpartmaint Inc., Japan made an exclusive 2 year agreement deal with the independent Introverse Records (under exclusive license from RAS Music Group and LunaCo. Company) artist J-Ricz on his first debut album Genesis. “Do For You” & “Beautiful Life” became one of the top sellers on itunes Japan alongside mainstream artists Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys, & Jay Sean.

Evolving in his music and himself as an artist, J-ricz brings a new wave of vision and creativity as he takes on the hot seat of producing, singing, & writing the majority of his sophomore album MusicPhiliac released last August 31, 2010. J-ricz’s passion and determination as an independent singer-songwriter-producer, a do it yourself kind of guy, puts him a cut above the competition. J-Ricz believes, “It’s the passion for music and the drive to inspire others that really matters in the end.”

J-Ricz’s newest singles for 2010, “Go,” “Cry,” “Real Love,” and “Love Affair” is now available on itunes and CdBaby website.
J-Ricz have also teamed up with music video director Patricio Ginelsa of Kidheroes Productions (director for Black Eyed Peas’ “The Apl Song” & “Bebot”) to bring a one of a kind R&B/Pop music video of his single “Love Affair.” For more info on events, booking, and other inquiries, log into www.j-ricz.com