Pas'sion; defined as a strong and dedicated feeling personified by actions. In one word, Passion is the driving force which enables Carlo I. Ricafort to pursue his life long goal of sharing his talent for music. Recognized by his loyal fans as "J-Ricz", he has developed the skills that embody all successful musicians. Every "J-Ricz" performance ensures quality and his trademark energy, composed of both exuberance and vivacity to guarantee a performance that everyone is sure to enjoy. As a Ballad and R&B artist his talents in music composition, vocal range, acting, and dance technique, differentiate him from other performers. Post-High school graduation, J-Ricz formed a group comprised of four other members, notoriously known in the Bay Area as "Next Phaze". In 2003 the group introduced an EP album that redefined the foundation that created the original sounds and style of Next Phaze. Three years later their endless efforts paid off by releasing their first full-length album, Back to the Mic. After 6 years of a life-lasting brotherhood, the legacy of Next Phaze remains constant to their fans. As J-Ricz begins his journey as a soloist he is commended on his contribution to the music community. His strengths lie in the capacity to innovate and encourage those around him. It is clear to see that J-Ricz is full of heart and soul. He is a self-empowered individual that seeks the comfort of music as an outlet in life. J-Ricz believes, "It's the passion for music and the drive to inspire others that really matter in the end". Genesis debut album available online Nov. 9, 2008. Featuring hit singles 'My Everything,''Beautiful Life,' & 'When you're in Love.'