Hometown: Tempe, AZ
Instruments: Acoustic guitar, a little bit of lead bass, and drums.
Dream Duets: Loretta Lynn. She has had an amazing career. And despite all of her success, she is still a very real and down to earth person. When you see her in any situation, you just know she isn't faking anything.
Rickiejoleen was a precocious youth when she traded her normal childhood for the chance to become serious about country music. But at such a young age, no musician would take her seriously. That's when she picked up her guitar and said, "If no one wants to help me, I'll learn to play by myself and come up with my own shows."
Rickiejoleen would call bars and restaurants and ask if she could play at their establishment. Most venues wouldn't ask her age, so she could get away with it. At 18, she now teeters daringly between the life of a hometown recording artist and that of Nashville legitimacy.
Rickiejoleen has a refreshing voice that oozes talent, with a slight twang and vibrato to envy. She takes to the stage with confidence, and spunk. Often arching her back with the guitar held high in the air. Try to mesh country, blues and rock, and you'll have an inkling of this young lady's panache.
The artist's style and youth are alluring -- you may be tempted to say she's just a kid, but self-managing her career from takeoff is no easy task. She has been working the local music scene for the past eight years and now has an impressive list of venues she performs at.
"Although I have given up much of my childhood, I wouldn't change a thing," says Rickiejoleen. "I have seen and accomplished more than some people only dream of. It can be tough but it's worth every second."
FUN FACTS ON RICKIEJOLEEN
What is your secret talent?
I can put both of my feet behind my head while sitting down.
What's on your playlist?
"Want To" by Sugarland, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, KT Tunstall, Aerosmith.
The craziest or most daring thing I have ever done...
I was 4-wheelin and decided to climb a steep hill. Little did I know that there was a rock at the top. I slammed right into and got left with a bruise on my chest for two months.
What three things couldn't you live without?
My Gibson Guitar, My 1985 Mercedes TD, and Mascara.
Who is your hero?
My parents are my heroes. They have been through a lot of highs and lows and somehow still find a way to come out on top. I hope that I can be as patient and understanding with life as they have shown me.
What would your dream vacation be?
Load up an SUV with some of my close friends, and hit the road. Stop in little towns, play pranks on each other, take turns driving and possibly getting a little lost, and hit those stupid sightseeing places that you hear about. Just make memories. With no stress. That would be a great vacation.
What is the best adjective used to describe you?
If it never made me fat or unhealthy, I would at this the rest of my life:
That would have to be Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches ... Oh how I love them! Nice creamy, nutty peanut butter with some strawberry jam. Now, thatís a perfect meal.
What's your favorite board or video game?
I love to play gestures. It's great when you have to act out these ridiculous things, like a horse or something, and you have no idea how you are going to play it out so that your team can guess it.
What are you afraid of?
I'm afraid of getting comfortable or settled with where I am in life. I'm always up for a challenge and striving to achieve.