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A Voice of Inspiration

Rickie Byars is one of the most acclaimed and beloved singer-songwriters there is in the genre of inspirational/New Thought music. Through her three decade career as both a solo artist, Music & Arts Director  and as Founder /Director of the world-renowned Agape International Choir, Byars’ deeply soulful and heart-felt songs of spiritual renewal, uplift and empower and have struck a powerful chord with audiences around the globe. She has built an impressive international following as well. Indeed, the vibrations of “realness” in her music are so strong that they resonate with everyone from residents of L.A.’s SkidRow to South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, all of whom she has had the honor of performing for,the latter on five different occasions.Byars’ charismatic joy and authenticity on stage ensure that she is in high demand to speak and appear in concert at festivals and conferences. But she has amassed such an impressive catalog of compositions — writing and co-writing over 200 original songs and chants — that even when she’s not physically on hand to present her work her message of transcendent love is still being delivered by the many individual singers and choirs that regularly perform her material at New Thought churches and spiritual gatherings across the country every Sunday.

Rickie Byars dedicates most of her time, energy and talents in empowering others to develop their unique gifts and talents so that they may contribute them in service to humanity. Recognizing that freedom must exist on both the individual and collective levels, Byars is fully engaged in a number of endeavors that address both.


KIMET-KUUMBA is a learning initiative rooted in Joy and creativity. On October 10, 2009, KUUMBA In Motion Expressing Transformation was launched by Rickie Byars and a group of artists and educators who shared a collective vision to fill their communities with Joy through innovative modalities for discovering personal and community excellence. From its inception to the present, Byars and her team of intergenerational artists have fostered and co-sponsored experiential workshops (KUUMBA Saturday School), over 200 field trips throughout Greater Los Angeles (KUUMBA Summer Camps), College for Life Seminars (LAUSD) and currently, Rickie’s at home Sanctified Saturday Devotionals. Their emerging B-hood Community is a dynamic source of inspiration for people everywhere, young and older. The lyrics from a song by Sweet Honey and the Rock aptly defines the word KUUMBA; and is also the core belief at KIMET-KUUMBA: “All that we touch is more beautiful!”    

For more info: www.KuumbaInMotion.org or email kuumbalove@gmail.com

KIMET- KUUMBA is a 501 c3 non-profit public charity  EIN: 45-5253321

Soul Sisters Today stirs a deep spiritual connection in women that is necessary to transcend superficial differences and forges compassion and understanding that are necessary to create genuine social change.

For 22 years, Rickie Byars developed and co-facilitated with Rev. Greta Sesheta, a 3-day spiritual retreat attended annually by hundreds of women who ranged from their early teens to their early nineties, and who came from a wide variety of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. Due to the pandemic protocols Soul Sisters Today develops monthly forums and seasonal meet-ups to keep sisters connected and inspired. This year's AS I AM Soul Sisters Virtual Retreat will happen the last weekend in July.

For more info: www.SoulSistersToday.com Instagram @soulsisterstoday_la


Voices4Freedom invited Rickie Byars on to their Board of Directors when they began almost 5 years ago. This truly dedicated organization works to free those among the 40 million men, women and children who are enslaved around the world today. Through the years Rickie has made trips to Katmandu, Nepal and Varanasi, India to see V4F in action and to participate in their work. Through their Schools4Freedom program, they build schools in enslaved villages that ignite the spark they need to break free from slavery. By educating the children and empowering adults to use the legal system to fight the slave holders, they can free themselves from slavery forever. Rickie and a team of eleven people committed to financially supporting a recently liberated village for three years while its residents made the transition from slavery to economic self-reliance. It happened. The whole village is free.

For more info: www.Voices4Freedom.org



The Artist

Several of her songs, “I Release,” “We Let it Be,”  “The Spirit of God is Upon Me” and “Wholly Holy Way,” are considered modern classics of inspirational/New Thought music.Byars has released nine CDs as a solo artist: “I Found a Deeper Love” (1993); “In the Land of I Am” (2000), “Soul Fulfilling” (2002),“From Within” (2003), “Pray For Me” (2004), “Supreme Inspiration” (2007), “The Love Project” (2009), “Let My Soul Surrender”, which was accompanied by a book of autobiographical stories written by Byars (2011), and “My Oh My It’s Time To Fly” (2018). Now as she discovers the world again, on her own terms as a solo artist, her writing has increased with new songs that are lighting up her powerful new B-hood Community, Rickie’s Sanctified Saturday Devotionals; and at Rickie’s favorite devotional spot - The Hot N Cool Cafe in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.

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