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Rickey Minor
Rickey Minor

Rickey Minor

American Idol

Los Angeles, CA USA

"It's not who you know; it's who knows you."

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Rickey's work combines: Music, Television, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Music Director

I'm a music producer, composer, and director in charge of the overall musical performance of "American Idol."

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    In high school, he had a band, but he realized that he was far and away the most serious about music.

  • 2.

    He kept practicing in secret, but he felt bad when his talent started excelling over his friends.

  • 3.

    Got through it by telling himself "there's no traffic on the extra mile"; realized he needed to break away from the herd in order to find success.

  • 4.

    While he was in school at UCLA, he got an offer to play bass for tour with and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

  • 5.

    Even though he was only 19 and had never even been on a plane before, he left school to go after this amazing opportunity.

  • 6.

    He performed with several big bands on the side; figured that if he worked with as many people as he could, it'd open the maximum amount of doors.

  • 7.

    One day, someone asked him to help form a band for a young singer who was trying to make it big; that young singer turned out to be Whitney Houston.

  • 8.

    He worked with Whitney for the next 17 years, producing her world tours and her infamous performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV.