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Ricky Lawson
Independent - United States


Bio: Ricky Lawson is best known as the drummer for such artists as Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Phil Collins, Babyface, The YellowJackets, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau and many others, However, this Grammy Award Winning Composer is one of the most respected songwriters, producers and arrangers in the music industry today.

Voted "No. 1 R&B Drummer in the World" and "No. 3 Pop/Mainstream Rock Drummer" by Modern Drummer Magazine 1999 reader’s poll.

A founding member of the YellowJackets, Ricky received two Grammy nominations and a Grammy award in 1986 for writing the hit song, And you know that, on the album Shades. Ricky performed on Whitney Houston's multi-million seller I will always love you from The Body Guard soundtrack, which was recently labeled the number one selling soundtrack of all time. Ricky co-wrote and co-produced the Pointer Sisters' hit Uh-Uh, and the fat burger hit, Good News. Other writing and/or co-producing credits include tracks for Only you Star Trek 5, Barney's Great Adventure - The Movie, as well as Helen Baylor's There's No Greater Love, and When You Believe performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey for the soundtrack to the Prince of Egypt.

Ricky's motto is "Get it right the first time" which applies to his work ethics, and the goal for his entire life.

Within a few short years of starting to play the drums at the age of 16, Ricky's natural talent sky-rocketed him into a major career. Since then he has played with names like Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, George Duke, The Brothers Johnson, Quincy Jones and many more. Early on, Ricky developed expertise in jazz, country and western, pop, R&B, funk and Latin rhythms - a versatility that allows him to play with anyone he wants to. He has earned his jobs and professional reputation by always being well prepared for his gigs. Some of the biggest Number 1 and multi-platinum singles and albums have featured Ricky's impressive talents, including Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", Anita Baker's "Sweet Love", James Ingrams' "I Don't Have The Heart" and Lionel Richie's "Dancing On The Ceiling".

A co-founder of the group Yellowjackets, Ricky received a Grammy in 1986 for co-writing the hit song "And You Know That" on the album Shades, which he co-produced. He also co-authored the Pointer Sisters' hit "Uh-Uh" and co-produced the album Seriously Slammin' and the Fattburger hit "Good News".



Equipment Configuration

MMX Masters Series
Midnight Fade w/ blk hdwr.
22x18 bass drum
20x16 bass drum
8x7 tom
10x8 tom
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum
14x5.5 snare drum
14x5.5 Sensitone brass
14x3.5 Free Floating brass
10x6 Popcorn snare drum
10x4 Sopranino snare

B1000 boom stand x 6
H2000 hi-hat stand
P2002C double pedal
S2000 snare stand x 2
TC2000 tom/cym. stand x 3
TH2000S tom holder x 3
D2000 throne
AX20 adapter x 3