Rickie Byars Beckwith is music and arts director for the Agape International Spiritual Center and has produced six CDs, including Supreme Inspiration.
As director of the Agape International Choir for almost two decades, she composes, arranges, and directs music for the choir. She also performs at venues throughout the world, including Lincoln Center in New York City and the United Nations.
Beckwith is an intuitive channel of healing music, whose compositions give rise to a profound experience that opens the heart, touches the soul, and lifts the spirit. She is acclaimed as a pioneer in alternative spiritual music and has been recognized with an honorary doctorate degree in music from the United Church of Religious Science.
Beckwith’s sound crosses all musical boundaries—gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz, and world beat. She grew up in the South and studied music at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. She then moved to New York, where she was lead singer for The Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Roland Hanna, and the New York Jazz Quartet, among other groups.
In 1983, Beckwith moved to Los Angeles. She found a spiritual home at the Agape International Spiritual Center, founded by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, and soon formed a choir that eventually developed to today’s 160-voice Agape International Choir.
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