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Ricki-Lee is one of Australia’s most popular musicians, radio & television presenters. Ricki-Lee started her music career in 2004 when she auditioned for Australian Idol, Season 2. Making it into the top 12 led her to instant popularity. The nation was in shock when Ricki-Lee made a sudden departure from the program coming in at 7th place. Much to the disappointment of many, Ricki-Lee packed her bags and left the show. This didn’t stop her! Ricki-Lee went on to achieve much greater success.
She teamed up with Shock Records to release her first single “Hell No” which debut at #5 and became a gold selling single. Soon after, Ricki-Lee released her second gold selling single “Sunshine” which reached #1 on the radio airplay chart & #3 on most played Australian artist chart. Following this, Ricki-Lee released her first self-titled album “Ricki-Lee” which was also certified gold.
Next, Ricki-Lee was approached by Sony to become part of the all girl singing sensation “Young Divas”. As a result of such a clever collaboration of voices, talent and looks “Young Divas” received a string of success with singles reaching #2 & #9 and the self-titled album reaching #4 on the ARIA Charts. During this time at the 2006 Nickelodeon Awards “Young Divas” took home the award for “Fave Song” for “This Time I Know It’s For Real” and Ricki-Lee took the prize for “Fave Aussie Artist” and “Fave Female Singer”.
In 2008, Ricki-Lee became a resident presenter on Australian Idol alongside Andrew G and co-hosted the show for seasons 6 & 7. Ricki-Lee was nominated for the “Most Popular New Talent” Logie Award as a result of being on the show.
Aside from Idol, Ricki-Lee has co-hosted various other nationally aired programs such as Network 7’s,”The Morning Show” with Larry Emdur, Foxtel’s live coverage of the “2010 Mardi Gras Parade”, Channel [V]’s “Music Lab”, & “Sarvo” on the Nickelodeon Channel.
2009 brought her latest album to date “Hear No, See No, Speak No”, which launched 2 more singles and also went on tour as the opening act for the Backstreet Boys in March 2010.
As an independent artist signed to an independent record label, Ricki-Lee has built on her credibility, not only as a singer but also an accomplished song writer. Besides “Sex & the City”, “Can’t Touch It” was also featured on the television promo’s for the US TV series “Lipstick Jungle” & Australia’s “Dancing with the Stars”. Various other songs Ricki-Lee has written have been used in the UK & Europe for advertising and promo’s in television commercials. In the UK, other performers have taken Ricki-Lee’s songs and have made them their own.
Also in 2009 Ricki-Lee became the face of “Hold Me Tight” Shapewear by Gazal.
Ricki-Lee is a glossy mag favourite, gracing the covers of “Who”, “RALPH”, “OK! Magazine”, and Woman’s Day.
Over the years Ricki-Lee has appeared on many popular Australian programs including “It Takes Two”, “Friday Night Games”, “Rove”, “Sunrise”, “Today”, “20 to 1”, “Celebrity Circus”, “Getaway”, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader”, “Hey Hey it’s Saturday”, “7PM Project”, and “Good News Week”.
In 2010 Ricki-Lee was co-host on the popular morning show NOVA 96.9’s “Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee” where she has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Slash, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Will Ferrell, Scissor Sisters, Kim Kardashian, Usher, Craig David, and Jermaine Jackson, just to name a few. Ricki-lee has also been a guest on other radio networks Brisbane’s B105FM’s “Breakfast Show” & Austereo’s “Summer Brekky Show” with Mike Goldman & Brian McFadden.
Ricki-Lee was also asked to become the ambassador for “Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight 2010” where she performed in front of millions of viewers as well as donating her time to various commitments with Vision Australia to help create awareness for those who are vision impaired.
Ricki-Lee has also become involved with various other charities, she has worked closely with “Ronald McDonald House”, “The Starlight Foundation”, and for consecutive years “Jeans for Genes Day” where she personally raised $100,000 and continues to work closely with the organization.
In 2011, Ricki-Lee set off to New York and Los Angeles to continue working on some more music – this will be Ricki-Lee’s finest work, having worked with some of the world biggest writers. It’s certain that in 2011 Ricki-Lee will take her music to a new level that is set to take on the charts like never before.
Ricki-Lee is talented, wholesome & dynamic. She has a huge future and we all look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!