This is Ricardo Drue: “Son of the Caribbean, Voice of the World” While many mainstream artists have gained their fame through mirroring the styles of their predecessors, Ricardo Drue has defined himself as one of the few who dare to be different. Coupled with the influences of musical greats such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, LL Cool J, and Machel Montano, Drue's striking versatility has gained favor among music lovers everywhere. He has mastered music as an art form and, with the influences of various genres including Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, and R&B, created a masterpiece to serve as a template for aspiring crossover artists. Versatility, passion, and natural ability have marked Ricardo Drue's talent since the ripe age of 5, when he first emerged as a young performer. Throughout grade school, his abilities became widely recognized, most frequently through his participation in choirs and various school competitions. It was far from a secret that this young, tenacious young man was strategically made for the stage. Ricardo Drue’s musical career further unraveled as one of the lead members of popular Caribbean all-male vocal and dance group, Crossovah, comprised of Drue and his high school friends, whom he refers to as his brothers. Group members, Christopher “Criss” Grant, Dave “Kupid” Richards, Joshua “J-Rah” Jenkins, and Ricardo combined cultures to create a mixed genre collaboration, which has served as a foundation in his pursuit of solo stardom. In addition to the numerous Crossovah hits that have hit the airwaves across the world, Ricardo Drue has established his spot on the solo scene with his hit singles “Like Glue,” “Car Key,” “Get Wild,” “Go Down,” “No Boring Gyal,” and “Nah Leaving” featuring Trinidadian Soca Songstress and HD Family First Lady, Patrice Roberts. Drue has also collaborated with other artists around the region including Jamaican Dancehall artist Leftside (aka Dr. Evil). Further contributing to his multifaceted background, he has performed for mixed audiences at both Caribbean and international events and venues in the United States including the Hard Rock Cafe, House of Blues, and Walt Disney World in Florida. While engaging in solo work throughout the Caribbean and the United States, he is also a member of Imij and Company, formally recognized as Second Imij, a staple party band both on the stage and on the road. Amid working amongst a diverse array of musical moguls such as producers Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus (Machel Montano), Carl “Beaver” Henderson (Marlon Asher), and Peter Coppin of Monstapiece Inc. (Rupee), and artistes Allison Hinds, Destra Garcia, Fat Joe, and TOK, Drue further developed his ear for music and a created a signature style for himself. A true “son of the Caribbean,” his Trinidadian and Antiguan backgrounds are reflected in his creative vocals and flavorful performance style.
In essence, Ricardo Drue's quest remains to touch and fuse each genre alike and explore untraveled realms of music. While holding no barriers for himself and his music, he stays true to the pad and pen and accepts every new experience as a stepping stone for his bright future. For Drue, the true excitement of his career lives his passion for musical expression, his impact on the art, and the overwhelming satisfaction in watching his dreams take flight. -KeKe T
Published on Jan 23, 2014
While many mainstream artists have gained their fame through mirroring the styles of their predecessors, Ricardo Drue has defined himself a...