Grammy-winning, multiplatinum producer and songwriter Ricky Reed is the producer and co-writer of Lizzo’s latest single, “Rumors” featuring Cardi B (Nice Life/Atlantic Records). The track debuts at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week and continues to receive widespread praise—Los Angeles Times says, “[‘Rumors’] rides an ebullient, horn-accented groove” while NPR Music proclaimed, “All the rumors are true: Lizzo has returned with a bop.”
Recent collaborations include Reed’s production work on Camila Cabello’s new single “Don’t Go Yet” (Syco/Epic) and on Gold-Diggers Sound (Columbia Records), the new full-length from Leon Bridges, released in late-July to critical acclaim.
Reed is in the studio working on various projects with much more to come in 2021.
Despite the unprecedented times, Reed kept busy throughout 2020. In fact, in March of last year, in direct response Los Angeles’ stay at home ordinance, Reed steadfastly moved his producing and writing sessions online from his home studio and published an open letter in the Los Angeles Times addressing the artist community and urging them to “band together by staying apart.” Beginning as a mental health exercise to keep motivated, as well as to help inspire, challenge and gather fellow creatives, Reed began hosting livestreams twice per week on his Nice Life YouTube channel. The sessions, later named NICE LIVE!, offered an unpolished look at the conversations between Reed and friends, which were often the flashpoint for a new song or instrumental that Reed created live on the spot. From the sessions, Reed’s critically lauded debut album, The Room featuring Leon Bridges, Jim James, Lido Pimienta and Alessia Cara among others, was born and released to widespread critical acclaim last July. Paste hailed the album as “an ambitious release from a true industry game-changer,” while Pitchfork noted, “as a means of community building, and as a document of Ricky Reed exploring a new sound, The Room is impressive.”