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STLCC Alum Making It in the Music Industry

July 07, 2016

Rickey Montgmery  
STLCC graduate Ricky Montgomery will perform at the Student Commons at Wildwood on Open Mic Night Tuesday, July 12.  

An up-and-comer on the music scene, STLCC alumnus Ricky Montgomery is creating a name – and a sound – that's all his own.

Building upon his success as a Vine sensation, Montgomery recently celebrated a major musical milestone – the release of his debut album, “Montgomery Ricky.” The 10-track record features a mix of alternative, new wave and rock. 

For Montgomery, who earned an associate degree in 2013, this accomplishment has been a labor of love and a project nearly two years in the making. Despite the challenges he’s faced along the way, from securing financing to getting the songs “just right,” the journey has been well worth the wait.

“There are certain industries that pose a greater barrier to entry than others, and the music industry is definitely one of those,” Montgomery said. “It’s a slow burn, but I’m determined to make a living in a creative way.”

In preparation for the album’s release, Montgomery logged countless hours on the record -- writing, recording, mixing, and mastering. Finally, after much anticipation, his album was released by Crescent Heights Records on March 31, 2016.

Within weeks, “Montgomery Ricky,” charted on the general list as well as the lists for hot new albums, new artists, pre-orders and alternative music. In addition to receiving rave reviews from online sites, including UptoTempo.com and TheYoungFolks.com, Montgomery received invitations to perform at numerous venues around Los Angeles, including El Cid, one of the top bars and restaurants for live music in the city.

While he admits that the experience has been a whirlwind, he isn’t resting on his laurels. Rather, he’s hard at work, writing songs for his next album.

“I’ve formed a band, and together we’re working to record songs for our EP,” he said. “We’ve decided to spend the month of July in St. Louis recording our songs, with the goal of knocking it out before returning to L.A.”

While it’s too soon to say when their extended play will be released, Montgomery hopes it’s finished by early 2017. Until then, fans can enjoy his music on his website and all major music platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, and Google Play.

Additionally, Montgomery is scheduled to perform at his old stomping grounds, the Student Commons at STLCC-Wildwood, during Open Mic Night, a venue he played at regularly when he was a student at St. Louis Community College. The community is invited to join him and other artists for a free night of entertainment 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.

For more information, and to reserve a performance spot, contact Stephanie Graham.

To keep up Ricky Montgomery’s music, follow him on Twitter @rohmontgomery or like him on Facebook @rickymontgomerymusic.