Episode 38

Now to Next with Nick Nanton Feat. Ricky Kej

Nick Nanton sits down with Ricky Kej, a Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer who has performed in over 30 countries, including at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva. Ricky is also a renowned Environmentalist and has been named a United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist. Ricky won a Grammy at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015 for his album ‘Winds of Samsara’ which was in the Best New Age Album category. The album also debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart in August 2014. His incredible body of work includes 17 studio albums, over 3500 commercials and four feature films.

Now, Ricky has a new album out titled "Divine Tides," which was produced in collaboration with 5-time Grammy Award winner Stewart Copeland of The Police. The album is a tribute to the magnificence of our natural world and it features many acclaimed artists from around the world.


  • 1:37: A brief bio of Ricky Kej
  • 4:07: Ricky's early life, from growing up to choosing a career path
  • 17:45: Music is the hardest business in the world
  • 19:21: Ricky compares his approach to commercial music vs. artistic music
  • 22:18: Nick and Ricky discuss his 2015 Grammy-winning album
  • 25:12: Ricky's experience mentoring refugees in musical composition
  • 33:12: Ricky discusses the instruments he can play and how he started learning them
  • 37:23 Ricky explains his ambitions for his latest album "Divine Tides"
  • 40:53 Where to learn more about Ricky Kej


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Now to Next with Nick Nanton
On Now to Next, Nick Nanton sits down with specialists from all walks of life to discuss what’s happening right now in their prospective field, and where the future lies for a positive tomorrow.