Ricky Fanté

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Ricky Fanté
Birth name Ricky Fanté
Born November 4, 1978
Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres R&B, Neo soul, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2002–present
Labels Virgin/EMI Records (2002–2007)
Website Ricky Fanté's Official Website

Ricky Fanté (born November 4, 1978)[1] is an American R&B singer. He's best known for his debut single "It Ain't Easy," which garnered critical praise,[citation needed] in addition to numerous television and film soundtrack appearances. Fanté’s vocal sound has been compared to Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Al Green, and Otis Redding.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

After serving in the United States Marine Corps for a few years after high school,[2] a demo of his two-man group, produced by his partner ex-rocker Scott Rickett called Soul Surfers, fell into the hands of A&R executive Josh Deutsch, which led to a development deal in 2001. In 2002, Fanté met with Norah Jones's collaborator Jesse Harris, and began co-writing and recording his debut record.

Fanté was then signed by Virgin Records and released Rewind in July 2004. Fanté gained critical acclaim for the song "It Ain’t Easy". He performed the single on NBC’s long-running late night talk and variety show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Although the song was not considered a hit, the album garnered moderate success in the U.S. and abroad. The song reached No. #8 on Italian music charts.

In 2005, Ricky Fanté recorded the title song "Shine" for the film Robots, and the upbeat tune "That’s All I Need" for the HBO film Lackawanna Blues. In the same year, he performed a duet with the Italian singer Giorgia Todrani for her MTV Unplugged.

In 2009, he recorded the theme song for the hit ABC television series Shark Tank, which was written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford. Afterward, he took a break from singing to return to school.

In 2015, he began work on a new album with Scott Rickett and Herman Matthews.[3] In 2016, he released a collaborative album with Scott Rickett titled Good Fortune through their own independent label, Soul Surfer Records.[4]


In 1998, Fanté portrayed legendary singer Marvin Gaye in the television mini-series The Temptations.

In 2005, he appeared in Yours, Mine and Ours, a movie starring Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, and sang Major Harris’s “Love Won't Let Me Wait” during a pivotal scene of the movie.

That same year, he also appeared in the television series American Dream and the successful ABC made-for-television movie Their Eyes Were Watching God.



  • 2002: Soul Surfers (with Scott Rickett)
  • 2004: Rewind
  • 2016: Good Fortune (with Scott Rickett)


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