Cinco de Mayo Spotlight on Ricardo Sanchez

New Waymaker Records recording artist Ricardo Sanchez is tapped into the needs of today’s Church and is preparing to make his debut on May 24, 2005 with the release of Unmerited which is produced by Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, LaRue). A singer, songwriter and musician Ricardo combines contemporary gospel, Latin culture, rock and R&B styles into worship. Ricardo has performed worldwide from North Korea to the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, on TBN and all across the United States.
He has also served as a touring musician, songwriting partner and co-worship leader with Israel Houghton one of today’s most successful and sought-after worship leaders and recording artists. Now Ricardo finds himself on the verge of a major national platform of his own. His album, Unmerited, is an unabashed celebration of Praise & Worship, set to catchy and memorable adult contemporary music. With English lyrics interspersed with an occasional chorus-here-or-bridge-there in Spanish, the album’s twelve songs most written or co-written by Ricardo speak to an expansive, demographically diverse group of people, but always of the love of the One True God.
Ricardo was born and raised in Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix, the youngest of six children of Vicente and Frances Sanchez, both first-generation Mexican-Americans. Speaking Spanish at home, and English at school—and with one foot firmly rooted in the traditional Mexican mariachi music of his heritage, and the other just as decisively planted in American rock, pop and R&B—Ricardo’s life was deeply multi-cultural long before he ever even knew the meaning of the word. Ricardo is an artist and worship leader who was born to break down barriers, of race and ethnicity, music, culture and religion; though it would take the better part of his 29 years of life for that realization to come fully into focus. With the release of his debut album, Unmerited, the vision is not only focused, but flourishing.
Sanchez is the Associate Pastor and Music Director of the 1700-member First Assembly Dream Center, in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, Ricardo has been both a youth and worship leader at a number of large churches across the country, as well as a touring musician and songwriting partner with Israel Houghtan—one of today’s most successful and sought-after worship leaders and recording artists—on the long and circuitous path that now finds him on the verge of a major national platform of his own.
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