Rickie Byars

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 and as founder and director of the Agape International Choir, Byars’ deeply soulful and heartfelt songs of spiritual renewal, uplift, and empowerment have struck a powerful chord with audiences around the globe. She has released nine albums over her illustrious career.

Byars dedicates much of her time to social activist causes, including Voices 4 Freedom, an abolitionist organization that works to free the 70-million modern-day slaves around the world, and Kuumba in Motion, a nonprofit educational initiative that empowers children to discover their inherent gifts and talents through exposure to nature, the arts, and creative sciences so that they can contribute to humanity and the planet as a whole. 

She is also the Founder of Hubcity Live – Ethiopia, a technological futuristic city planned for Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Known by many Ethiopians as "The Real Wakanda,” the Afro-futuristic project will usher in next-generation technologies, conscious commerce, innovation, culture, and opportunity to an emerging Afrika.