Ricky Guinto may be a fresh faced solo artist, but he is definitely not new to the music scene. The songwriter and musician started his melodic journey at age 5 with the piano. Through the years he picked up both drum sticks and the guitar. As Ricky's knowledge of music grew so did his passion. This jack-of-all-trades used his passion to become a seasoned professional, releasing three CD's with the band he played guitar for, World Tribe. While gaining notoriety with several bands such as World Tribe, Kanaka Roots, South Side Hero, and I'kona, Ricky recorded a collection of his own compositions. 'Intuition' was the result. Recorded in the Winter of 2002, 'Intuition' is his first solo CD. Inspired by his own experiences and those of others, it holds a special place in his heart. 'I got the CD title for 'Intuition' from having good feelings & senses and using good judgment while going through the journey of life,' Ricky said. The album's pop/acoustic style has strong ties with Ricky's influences; Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Samples, and John Mellencamp. In true Mellencamp form Ricky uses his music to discuss hometown issues. 'Down My Road' describes a Southern California town ravaged and destroyed by over development. 'It started from nothing, now it's all torn apart. I'm looking for something that will take me back to the start....Driving up and down across the hill, watching people grow old. The fatherlands' great in demand, now all the houses are sold.' Other songs on the record include 'Via Senorita', 'Nothing More' and 'Tonight.' 'Tonight,' a timely song based on the struggle of divorce, is a hard-hitting look at the emotions of a man and woman and the collapse of their marriage. Songs like 'Here for me now' and 'Rises and Pitfalls' give the record a warm acoustic vibe. With a range of love song ballads, anti-war themes, to environmental protection tunes, 'Intuition' makes for soothing listening. At the beach or at home, Ricky's CD 'Intuition' is a relaxing and inspirational addition to all music lovers' collections. -Jennifer L. Lofstrom Online journalist Contact the writer @ firstname.lastname@example.org.