Rickie Byars Beckwith is a singer-songwriter, whose transcendent music is changing the world. Rickie is the Music and Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center (agapelive.com) where she directs the powerful Agape International Choir. For many years she her music has deeply touched the hearts of all she encounters through concerts, women’s retreats, workshops, and appearances with her husband and songwriting partner, Michael Bernard Beckwith. With an infectious sense of humor Rickie also creates dynamic and innovative projects rooted in love, joy and music as a transformative experience.
Rickie is the founder of Kuumba-in-Motion Expressing Transformation; an education initiative to create expanding experiences for children ages five to twenty. Successfully Kuumba bridges academic disciplines and spirituality to create a learning that is rooted in love, shifting the dynamic of learning experiences.
She has performed in five sessions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Green Festivals across North America, and at countless Peace Concerts that promote unity and the principles of community. Artist, activist and educator, Rickie’s life reflects the principles of equity and social justices as “a way of living.” Rickie has also raised her voice in solidarity with those still enslaved around the world. She was the music chair and a performer for The Freedom Awards that celebrate the heroes of the modern day anti-slavery movement. She is on the Board of Directors for Voices 4Freedom (voices4freedom.org). Rickie’s voice is a clarion call for freedom and social justice everywhere.
A recording artist and producer, Rickie Byars Beckwith is best known for her music. To date she has recorded eight original solo albums and has produced seven albums for Agape, six of which feature the Agape Choir. Rickie’s latest CD and book compilation, Let My Soul Surrender, is truly a must-have for anyone who loves a great story about beautiful music and how it arrives in one’s heart.
Her latest creative endeavor, the Rhythm and Joy Festival is an extraordinary convergence of artists, innovative thinkers, and cutting edge technologies for living our “best” life. As stated by Dr. Rickie, “At the RAJ Festival, all kinds of people converge to catch a vision of what it could mean to live a joyous and highly functional life. Festivals provide creative opportunities for authentic community engagement through Music and the Arts. In such an atmosphere, those who come as strangers might leave as friends; charged with the same mission to bring forth their caring, kindness and gifts. I have seen this happen for three years straight! How wonderful is the power of a festival to change people’s perspectives.”
She is the mother to Stephan and Georgia Muldrow, grandmother to three wonderful and almost mini-versions of herself, and daughter to a ninety-year-old wonder, Mama Byars. Says Mama Byars of Rickie, “Many people long to live their dream and have visions of how they would like to make the world a better place. Rickie is the kind of person that makes it happen right where she is, and that’s a wonderful thing.”