Ricky Smith is a singer, songwriter and producer from New York City. Being immersed in the arts from a young age, he appeared in the original Broadway cast of the Color Purple at the age of 10. As a child actor, he went on to perform in such titles as 30 Rock, Law and Order: SVU, Notorious, and the Electric Company. Shifting his focus to music in high school, Ricky began recording with friends in his parents Battery Park City apartment. These years proved formative for Ricky, showing him that becoming a recording artist was the path that he wanted to take. Ricky graduated from Manhattan’s Professional Performing Arts School in 2013, and after taking a gap year, he enrolled in the prestigious Martin Bandier Program for Music Business and Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University. After releasing his debut single “Reaching Out” on Soundcloud, he was able to develop relationships with Syracuse alumni in the music business. These opportunities lead to him being featured on pop-rap artist Hoodie Allen’s number 1 iTunes album “Happy Camper”. Ricky independently released his debut EP “Release” in July 2016. His track “Good Days” featuring Jeremy Zucker reached number 41 on the Spotify US Viral Charts. Ricky went on to perform with Hoodie Allen on his sold-out mini-tour of the Northeast in November 2016. Ricky is currently working on his sophomore EP as well as co-writing and producing with other artists.