Rickey's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Bandwagon!

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Los Angeles, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: Indie Roadtrips

RICKEY MINOR

Music Director
American Idol

“It's not who you know; it's who knows you.”

INTERESTS:

Music Television

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Experience Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

Aretha Franklin, computer science, Gladys Knight, math, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, touring, Whitney Houston, who knows you

BIOGRAPHY:

  • In high school, he had a band, but he realized that he was far and away the most serious about music.
  • He kept practicing in secret, but he felt bad when his talent started excelling over his friends.
  • 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.
  • While he was in school at UCLA, he got an offer to play bass for tour with and Gladys Knight and the Pips.
  • Even though he was only 19 and had never even been on a plane before, he left school to go after this amazing opportunity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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