Ricky Rebel has had a stellar career full of unique experiences. He was the lead singer of the boy band No Authority in 1997 who toured with Destiny’s Child and 98 Degrees. The band was signed to Michael Jackson’s record label at Sony. After that No Authority signed with Maverick Records. Their song “I’m Telling You This” appeared on the ‘Rugrats in Paris’ soundtrack. No Authority toured with Britney Spears and then abruptly broke up.
After the demise of No Authority, Ricky was the lead singer of a band named Harlow. He also worked as a voice actor in films, including ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Anywhere But Here’ and ‘Anastasia.’ Ricky was an actor in shows such as ‘American Dreams’ and ‘Boston Public.’ He was a dancer in the opening scene of the original ‘Austin Powers’ movie, which Examiner is jealous about.
His life turned a corner when My Chemical Romance invited him to co-star in two of their videos. It led to Ricky seriously considering a career as a solo artist.
Examiner recently interviewed Ricky about his latest release ‘The Blue Album’ and his past exploits.
Examiner: “In your past even before No Authority, you have a long history of working in the performing arts.”
Ricky: “No Authority was signed to Michael Jackson’s record label. We went to Neverland Ranch and hung out with Michael. It was a trip. The land was huge and almost completely devoid of people. I actually got to ride motor bikes with Michael. He helped me push my bike uphill. Later, I danced for Michael in his studio. At the time, I was a classically trained dancer in ballet and jazz. Michael said about my performance, “You have a lot of nerve.”
E: “You had another extraordinary experience on an ad booking.”
R: “I did a McDonald’s and Pepsi ad with Aretha Franklin. She was there and I got to meet her and work with her.”
E: “How was dancing in ‘Austin Powers’?”
R: “Mike Myers has a dry sense of humor. In the movie scene, I am wearing bright orange. The movie set was transformed into ‘London’ for the movie.”
E: “What do you want to say as an artist?”
R: “I’m a little naughty. I like to push buttons here and there. I naturally push people’s buttons with love and hate. I am an openly gay artist. We are who we are. It’s beautiful either way, gay or straight. My message is: Rebel the darkness and shine your light!”
E: “Are you enjoying this persona you have created?”
R: “I’ve come to a point where I’ve decided to be the rebellious character that I am. I want people to think outside the box. I know who I am and it took me a while to get to this point. I value the experiences that got me here.”
E: “Why is your latest release entitled ‘The Blue Album’?
R: Blue is the most popular color. It touches and inspires people around the world. I went through a dark blue depression and found a new love. Then I wrote several new songs in a few weeks’ time.”
E: “Are you going to eventually tour to promote it?”
R: “I want my show to be reached all around the world. I’m a showman at heart. I’m an entertainer more than anything else. I really want the world to see that person. I want to move all types of people.”
‘The Blue Album’ is available on iTunes. Be sure to visit Ricky Rebel’s website at www.rickyrebelrocks.com