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Toronto born & raised singer, songwriter, producer & arranger Ricky Franco, is a multi-talented Latin musician of proud Mexi...can decent. Having mastered several instruments over the years (Guitar, Bass, Piano, Percussion & all Mariachi guitars) Ricky’s musical aptitude and vocal prowess prove to resonate not only on stage, but also in a studio.
His distinguished sultry R&B tone sets him apart from other Latin performers in the country, as he dominates every genre of music he dabs into. Notably: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Boleros, Mariachi, Cumbia, Ballads and R&B. Ricky has lent his voice in collaboration with many national and international artists, along with his comprehensive experience in the art of writing, arranging and producing songs.
Ricky’s talent was clear to his family quite early on; a precocious five-year-old, he was an evident musician in the making. Under the wing of his father, Ramon Franco, founder of Toronto’s pioneer Mariachi “Grupo Azteca”, Ricky’s future career in music took shape. With an inherent inclination and love for music and for the craft, he continued to study and grow as a performer and an artist, garnering many awards and accolades along the way-- among them, a music scholarship from his secondary school, Regina Pacis.
All of his musical talent and skills culminated in the recording of four albums with Toronto’s pioneer Latin band “Dominicanada”, most notably for the production of all the instruments and lead vocals on the Bachata smash hit single, “My All” (“Mi Todo”) originally sung by Mariah Carey. “My All” till this day is one of the most romantic Spanglish Bachatas played in Latin clubs & radios worldwide. The song reached Top 10 in DJ Pools and charts in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Boston, Chicago and parts of Europe and also internationally, in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
As an Urban entertainer, Ricky Franco is one of the first Canadian Latin vocalists who had a chance to tour, sing back up and record with award-winning artists such as Aventura, DLG, Ricardo Arjona, Tito Nieves, Charlie Cruz, Danbalo and La India. This all came about when Swing Factory Management founder Adam Torres spotted Ricky Franco at Berlin Night Club in Toronto, Canada in 2001. Shortly after, the Latin/Urban singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist would be signed to a management and recording deal with the New York-based company. Regrettably, due to circumstances beyond Ricky’s control-- the 9/11 tragedy in NY City--, the deal was un-attended and eventually cancelled.
Once back in Toronto, Canada, Ricky had to make a brand new start with all his production abilities and his talent. His dream had now become a real struggle as he was emotionally disappointed and had to look for a starting point with no financial back up, management, or industry guidance and expertise. Time passed by, and after performing with various local bands as a bass player and back up singer, Ricky decided it was time to lead his own musicians with the gift of his voice and distinguished arrangement style.
His band, the P-Crew Orchestra, has had the honour of being the only Latin band that has sold out local venues without having yet released an album. Ricky Franco & The P Crew Orchestra, a 13-piece powerful group features some of Canada’s top Latin educated musicians, who blend a mixture of vibes from Salsa descargas with an R&B soulful edge, to the newest popular rhythms of Bachata, Timba, Cumbias and Boleros. They are a claimed City of Toronto favourite and as such they were requested to be the closing Latin Act at many high profile festivals in the city.
The entire P-Crew, led by their musical director and lead vocalist Ricky Franco, had a chance to perform on Canada’s #1 morning show “Breakfast Television” (CITY TV). The audience’s reaction to the two-song performance was overwhelming. They were eventually called back for a second appearance on the show the following year. Ricky Franco is now one of the most sought after Latin entertainers for special presentations.
Some of his other noted public appearances across the city include singing the National Anthems (Canadian & American) for the Toronto Raptors NBA Basketball team at the Air Canada Centre, TFC Soccer Team and the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team at the Rogers Centre.
Ricky has also been featured on various international record productions, television and radio appearances, like Urban Latino (New York-based television program), The Mike Bullard Show, Telelatino Network and MuchMoreMusic amongst others across Canada. His music has also been featured on TLC, The W Network and CP24. He is also featured on Sony Discos’ recording artist and former lead vocalist for DLG, Huey Dunbar’s album, Music For My Peoples, in a duet track called “Jamás” (Never).
Ricky Franco is a multi-instrumentalist, lover of all music, a true musician at heart and a humble soul, with voice intensity like no other. Coupled with his singing, song-writing and producing, his virtuosity and performance will no doubt propel Ricky Franco upward and forward, as he continues to break boundaries in Latin music scene, doing what he does best!