is an ARIA nominated singer/songwriter and has sold over 1 Million records and her music and videos have earned well over 25million streams since Australia fell in love with her in 2004, when she appeared on Australian Idol at the age of 18. The multi-platinum selling artist has enjoyed continued success in Australia and around the world over the last 14 years - achieving 3x #1’s on the ARIA Chart and UK Club Chart, 7x Top10 Singles and another 8x Top40 Hits on the ARIA Singles Chart as well as 3x Top10 Albums on the ARIA Chart and a Top10 Album on Japan’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Ricki-Lee was born on 10th November 1985 in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Australia at just 3 weeks old. From a young age she was surrounded by music, coming from a Maori background where it is a huge part of the culture – she grew up in a family where there was always someone strumming a guitar and everyone would take turns singing. It was during these family gatherings that Ricki-Lee discovered her deep love for music and her family realised she had a phenomenal voice – and when she was just 15 years old, some family friends asked her to join their band and she began doing gigs in local bars and clubs in her home town of the Gold Coast. Starting with one night a week, the grade 10 high school student quickly built a strong following and was performing 7 nights a week – not even old enough to be in the venues she was performing in – Ricki-Lee would do her high school home work and assignments side stage of the bars and clubs she would be performing at.
In 2004, she auditioned for Australian Idol. She was one of the judges’ favourites as well as a fan favourite to win but was unexpectedly voted out of the competition in 7th place – much to the disbelief of the Australian public who were outraged by her elimination. In 2005, she signed with Shock Records and released her first single ‘Hell No!’ which debuted at #5 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Her second single ‘Sunshine’ debuted at #8 and the third single ‘Breathe’ reached #14, while the self titled album debuted at #30. In early 2006, Ricki-lee recorded an album with three other Australian Idol contestants as the Young Divas. Their first single ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’ reached #2 on the ARIA charts and was certified platinum. Their second single ‘Happenin All Over Again’ also reached the top ten followed by the third single ‘Searchin’ which was another Top 40 hit. The album ‘Young Divas’ hit #4 on the ARIA Album Chart and was certified double platinum. Ricki-Lee toured with the Young Divas all around Australia for their sold-out national tour and then said farewell to return to her solo career.
In 2007, Ricki-Lee returned to the studio to write her much anticipated second album. The first single ‘Can’t Touch It’ was released in September and was certified platinum, reaching #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The song was later featured in the Sex & The City 2 movie & soundtrack. Her album ‘Brand New Day’ was certified gold and spawned two more hit singles “Love Is All Around’ which hit #5 and ‘Can’t Sing A Different Song’ reaching #8 on the charts – making it 5 out of 6 of her solo singles to go Top 10 and her second Top 40 album. A partnership with Ministry Of Sound brought her U.K club success, when ‘Can’t Touch It’ was remixed and retitled as ‘U Wanna Little Of This’ and hit #1 on the UK Club Charts. In 2008, Ricki-Lee released ‘Wiggle It’ which reached #11 and the following year she released ‘Don’t Miss You’ and ‘Hear No See No Speak No’ charting at #24 and 46 respectively. She took a break from music in 2010 to focus on her personal life..
In early 2011, she left Shock Records after 7 years and later that year announced a worldwide recording deal with EMI Music. Her comeback single ‘Raining Diamonds’ hit #19 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Platinum – shortly after it’s release it was announced that she was the new face of COVERGIRL. The follow up single ‘Do It Like That’ reached #13 in Australia and #7 in Japan, was certified Double Platinum and was later nominated for Song Of The Year at the 2012 ARIA Awards. On August 17, 2012 she released her third solo album ‘Fear & Freedom’ which became her first Top 10 album, reaching #7 on the ARIA Album Chart. Two more singles were released from the album - ‘Crazy’ and ‘Burn It Down’ before Ricki-Lee kicked off her sold out ‘Fear & Freedom Tour’ across Australia and Japan.
In 2013, Ricki-Lee released the disco inspired single ‘Come & Get In Trouble With Me’ which reached #28 and was the first music video she co-directed. In May 2014, she released an EP for the single ‘All We Need Is Love’ which reached #39, making it her 15th Top 40 single. In July 2014 she released the single ‘Happy Ever After’ followed by her 4th solo album ‘Dance In The Rain’ which reached #14 on the ARIA Album Chart.
After a three year hiatus, Ricki-Lee released ‘Not Too Late’ in September 2017 – a powerful and soulful ballad she wrote with songwriters Neil Ormandy and Steve Solomon, who also wrote the massive hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ by James Arthur. In 2018 she followed up with the sassy single ‘Unbothered’, written with Grammy nominated producers The Monarch. Ricki-Lee is currently working on new music for release in 2019!