Singled Out: Ricky Rebel's Star
I am not a newbie to the industry. I was discovered by Michael Jackson, signed to his label, released an album, toured Europe twice, signed to Madonna's record label and opened for Britney Spears. My whole life has been about performing. It's what I love to do.
My intention in writing "Star" was to write a song that forced me to speak my truth every time that I perform it. The first version of the song said "I want to be a Star" only. Later on I added "I am a Star" because it was important for me to proclaim to the world who I am and what it is that I am committed to being. I believe something isn't real until you say it out loud, share it with others and enroll them in that possibility. So far, my plan has worked. People who hear the song love it. It helps other people recognize the star within. I believe everyone has star quality, but you can't keep it locked up inside. You have to express it.
After I released "Star" on my album called "The Blue Album," world-renowned DJ Hector Fonseca (Sia, Madonna, Beyoncé) heard "Star" and gave me a call. He said that he loved the track and wanted to remix my version and release it on his record label Audio 4 Play. The "Star Remix" EP is currently being spun in over 15 countries. We made a fabulous video for the "Star (Hector Fonseca & Tommy Love Tribal Dub) remix. When we play it live, the band adds a cool rock element to the track. The song is a showstopper. Not a lot of people have the courage to say that they're a star and back it up with action but then again, I'm not like most people.