Last month I was interviewed by a local Los Angeles magazine, VoyageLA!
You can read the full interview here, and I'll excerpt it below. Weeeeeeeeee
(We discuss music, success, and bodies as magical flesh suits. Don't miss it!)
Felicia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I have found an outlet in the arts — dancing, painting, singing, piano, music. I grew up listening to pop and musical theater, singing loudly in the shower, and did dozens of musicals growing up.
I’ve always felt too sensitive for normal life. If you need a friend who will cry at movies, TV commercials, or find inanimate objects such as pairs of shoes or old plastic toys deeply sympathetic, I’m your gal.
After college, I found work as an actor, performing in a Broadway tour and whatnot. But reaching relative success made me confront the fact that musicals were only in...
Tomorrow at 1pm eastern / 10am pacific the music video for my new single "Venus in Gemini" drops
In this video I hold balloons temptingly, much like the evil clown from "It."
My YouTube community and I had a blast live chatting last Friday on YouTube -- we had a "live listening party" of "Venus in Gemini" together....check out the video below if you missed it.
See you sooooooon
An announcement --
I have a brand new original song coming out on FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
This new song is called "Venus in Gemini" and is experimental pop, with a wild beat and such. If you like fierce, passionate songs you can bop along to, you will like it.
(However if you do not like to bop, you will probably not like it! But such is life, not everyone bops.)
A few days after the song release I'll be posting a music video, exact date TBD.
In the meantime, please visit my Spotify page and follow me as an artist -- that way you'll get notified as soon as this, or any, of my new music goes live.
See you soon....
Last Monday's release of my first original single, "Carry Me," was thrilling, thanks to all of your views, comments, and enthusiasm. THANK YOU SO MUCH for being there to usher the song into the world, and for being a part of this community.
If you missed it, or haven't yet downloaded the song yet, here are some links!
Reflecting on last week's release....
The most rewarding moments for me were reading your personal notes about how the song resonated with your own journey, or evoked a visceral emotional response (positive or not-so-positive!).
In this way I feel the song and video truly connected us, human to human -- perhaps more than any of my singing tips video could (even though those were fun, don't get me wrong).
A core intention of why I write and produce my music, and express myself creatively on video, is...
At long last.......you can now,
I dedicate this song and music video to those struggling with body dysmorphia, seeking the freedom to be carried away from their internal prisons and limitations.
Please share the video with friends if it resonated with you, and thank you so much for listening and for your support -- now and through the years.
It's only the beginning....
Music and Lyrics: Felicia Ricci
Music Production, Instruments, Mixing, Mastering: Felicia Ricci
Videographers: Lark and Felicia Ricci
Video Editor: Felicia Ricci
Special thanks to Lark for the patience, Elliott for the email, and Eddy Edgar for the EQ drum consultation.
The entire "Carry Me" music video was filmed on an iPhone X.
A serious question -- how many emails have I sent you over the past couple years where I'm like:
"LIFE IS REALLY WEIRD RIGHT NOW, I'M STILL CONVULSING IN THE FETAL POSITION IN A CAVE, I HAVE NOTHING FURTHER TO REPORT OR SHOW YOU, SORRY, OKAY BYE"?
You may have heard by now, but in case you haven't: since 2017, I quit teaching singing and began working on writing, producing, and recording my own music. The journey since then has been.............wild!
As far as my email list is concerned: it honestly felt like I kept inviting you over for dinner, where I would describe an elaborate recipe I was working on -- only to never actually bring out the food.
And for this I say -- thank you, always, for being patient.
The truth is, this experience was pretty much unavoidable.
During my journey to find my own voice as an artist, I got divorced, I uprooted my life to California, I felt...
[PHOTO: If my emotional landscape were an actual landscape...]
Y’all, I’m calling it: the body is back. It’s tired of the self concept that humans are advanced computers. Couldn't be less true.
The past three years have been WILD. My body is not joking around. It is ready to feel 24/7 and be taken seriously, not as a "too-sensitive" liability but as a compass, a portal to the self, and understanding. It is wise beyond what I can even explain.
The body contains emotion, the stuff of life! It moves me to love and make art and create. How about you??
I'm ready to step into an era of body not as object but as companion, building true emotional intelligence, honesty, and perceptiveness, where we all learn to feel, empathize, and play together again.
P.s. Shout-out to the hypersensitive dramatic passionate empaths out there reading this who feel in muuufuuuuing color, I see you.