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Ricardo Duran
He's the songwriting force behind the radio hit 'A Sucker For Sorrow' which is resonating with global audiences and ascending the charts at breakneck speed. Who is Ricardo Duran and from where does his musical inspiration come?

YWhen Ricardo Duran sits down to put pen to paper, his thoughts move from his head to his heart. Choosing to tap the emotional energy behind an idea or song concept is just one of the things that sets this extraordinary songwriter apart from his peers. Even before the recent success of his radio single 'A Sucker For Sorrow' Ricardo was best known for his work on ‘Paramount Song,’ where he collaborated with others who worked on the melodies and production. Although Ricardo considers most of his songs to be in the R&B and pop categories, his unique approach to songwriting leads to a distinctly different feel. 'I don't see myself as being like any other artist,' he explains. 'I consider myself to be writing in a unique space.' The courage to be different of course meant that there was no easy road to success. He would have to struggle, experiment and develop his artistic style over many years. But much of that struggle is now behind him. Nowadays, artists looking for songs written with a big heart and a careful attention to detail should look no further than Ricardo Duran, who builds and maintains strong relationships with all of his collaborating partners. Reporter Alexis Adams recently interviewed Ricardo Duran to learn more about this talented new songwriter and what we can expect from him in the near future.

ALEXIS: When When did you first discover your love of music?
RICARDO: I first discovered my love for music when I was in my teens. All I did was listen to music. It was like a priority for me. Then when I got in my twenties, I decided to write lyrics for songs.

ALEXIS: Your song 'A Sucker For Sorrow' is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
RICARDO: I was ecstatic. It was a blessing to me. I was like that's a part of me on the radio. It was so life changing for me.

ALEXIS: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
RICARDO: My inspiration for my single was all the women in the world who feel trapped in their relationship but are afraid to move on. Good or bad it’s like love has a hold on them that just brings them back to the start. It’s like a never ending cycle that just repeats itself.

ALEXIS: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as your debut radio single?
RICARDO: No, the other songs I have written have different moods.

ALEXIS: How would you characterize yourself as a musician? (ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
RICARDO: As a musician, I would say I'm a serious person. I take music to heart when I'm writing songs. I put everything I have in it. I want the listener to feel the words and relate to the song.

ALEXIS: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
RICARDO: I don't come from a musical background. I'm the only musician in my family that I know of.

ALEXIS: What do you find most rewarding about being a musician? What do you find most challenging?
RICARDO: The most rewarding thing about being a musician is knowing I have touched someone's heart with the lyrics of my song. The most challenging thing for me as a musician is knowing what topic to write about.

ALEXIS: Who are your role models in music?
RICARDO: My role model in music is Brian McKnight. He is such an amazing songwriter. He is my favorite singer and I look up to all he has done in the music industry. I hope to one day get to work with him on a project.

ALEXIS: Do you have a music video for your hit single? If so, what can you tell us about it?
RICARDO: At the moment I don't have a music video for the song. I will by next year hopefully.

ALEXIS: What advice would you give to young, aspiring musicians out there who are unsure and need guidance?
RICARDO: The advice I would give them is to follow their hearts and make their dreams come true and never give up. It’s a long process. Even if you have doubt, just keep pushing on and it will all fall into place.

ALEXIS: I look forward to hearing it! Thanks for taking time out to share your story with me. I wish you continued success!


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