Rick Lawson

The fourthteenth child born of fifteen children, Rick Lawson was reared on a sharecropper's farm in northeast Hinds County in Raymond, Mississippi. Greatly inspired by his uncle, (Mr. Willie Banks and The Messagers on Malaco) who was known as "The Godfather of Gospel," Rick began his singing career at the age of four as the lead vocalist for "The W&W Jr. Spirituals" of Raymond, Mississippi.

At age ten, he joined "The Baptist Brothers," also of Raymond, MS and recorded his first single. At the age of sixteen, Rick formed a group called "The Gopsel Carriers" of Jackson, MS and recorded his first album entitled, "Look Where He Brought Us." By the time he reached the age of twenty, Rick Lawson was singing R&B with "The Mighty Upsetters Dance Band" of Jackson, MS. With this band, he gained valuable experience singing "blues" music. On July 18, 1994, the Jackson Music Awards presented him with an award as the "Most Outstanding New artist of the Year."

Rick Lawson has opened and shared the stage with major acts such as B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Taylor, Tyrone Davis, and many others. Due to his age and growing popularity, he earned the stage title "The Baby of the Blues." In July 1997, at the age of twenty-six, he recorded his first R&B album under the Nu Wave Records label, entitled, "Check Your Heart Out." This recording put Rick on the road touring many places previously traveled by famous blues artists. From the Beltline of Texas to the Mississippi Delta, "The Big Easy" to the "Windy City" of Chicago, Memphis and various other cities, Rick has left his singing style etched in the minds of many who have listened to him.

To date Rick Lawson is still performing around the country. He is a God-Fearing man,a family man, entrepreneur, and a student at Jackosn State University pursuing a B.S. degree in History. Most recently, Mr. Lawson has become a part of the Ecko Records family in Memphis, Tennessee, and is scheduled to release another "blues" album which is sure to be one of the greatest yet.