Ricki-Lee Coulter was born in AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND on NOVEMBER 10TH 1985. Now a proud Queenslander, she has lived on Australia's GOLD COAST since she was three weeks old. Mother - Loretta, Father - John, (younger) Sister - Jodie now share a home on a 20 acre property in the heart of the Gold Coast Hinterland. Ricki-Lee has recently married long-time love, JAMIE BABBINGTON, a Queensland builder, in September 2007.
A script-like story unfolds for Ricki-Lee, who remained an un-recognised singing talent amongst her family and friends until her mid-teens. Spending most of her childhood as an active sports fanatic, it was believed she was destined for a career in Pro-Netball, until a serious knee injury brought six years of competitive play for Queensland to an end. In a twist of fate, after a serious knee reconstruction, she was told she would never play again. Ricki-Lee's future was already in the hands of change.
Ricki-Lee's vocal abilities were accidentally uncovered months later, when mother, Loretta, overheard her daughter singing in her bedroom, in what she describes as a breathtaking, HUGE voice for a 15 year-old girl. Ricki-Lee's very musical family had NO idea of her secret talent until this point in time.
From there, Ricki-Lee leapt headfirst into performance in general. A combination of live circuit gigging around the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas with live bands, as well as school productions, as she secured lead musical roles in HAIR, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, CATS, RENT, THE BOYFRIEND, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, GREASE, AND ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
Network TEN'S hit show, AUSTRALIAN IDOL (SERIES 2) officially launched her public profile when her talent, personality and charismatic performances took the budding songstress all the way through to the TOP 12. Ricki-Lee was considered an instant favourite to win, performing hits such as DONT STOP TIL YOU GET ENOUGH, PROUD MARY, WE CAN WORK IT OUT & I HAVE NOTHING. When Ricki-Lee was voted off mid-series, in 7TH PLACE, there was outrage from viewers nationally. TEN saw ratings suddenly plummet, in what the judges described as misguided voting.
In 2005, after finishing the show and not signing-on with SONY BMG, Ricki-Lee went on to take the independent route after, securing a deal with SHOCK RECORDS AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL. She recorded her debut self-titled album RICKI-LEE in Melbourne, working with some of the most distinguished producers and artists in the country. The final line-up for the album included names such as AUDIUS MTAWARRIA, ISRAEL, NITTY and JARRAD ROGERS.
From RICKI-LEE - the debut album came her massive GOLD single success HELL NO! written by AUDIUS MTAWARIRA (Delta Goodrem, Paulini), which debuted at #5 ON NATIONAL ARIA CHART. This track spent 3 weeks in the TOP 10, standing strong in the TOP 40 for over 3 months. The clip was shot in Melbourne by the ARIA Award winning BART BORGHESI and was choreographed by WILLIAM FORSYTHE, who has worked with artists such as KYLIE MINOGUE.
Ricki-Lee's second GOLD single SUNSHINE, went ARIA TOP TEN (#8) within weeks of hitting the charts and is a track that has proven itself time and time again. It could still be seen floating around the ARIA TOP 40 after four-months in the charts. SUNSHINE REACHED #1 ON THE CHR RADIO AIRPLAY CHART, #9 ON THE HOT 100 CHART (MOST PLAYED SONG ON RADIO) and #3 ON THE MOST PLAYED AUSTRALIAN ARTIST AIRPLAY CHART. The track has become a favourite across several networks, with audiences consistently putting it at the top of request charts.
BREATHE - Ricki-Lee's third single, a beautiful, emotional ballad, debuted in the 2006 charts in the TOP 20 - jumping to #14 the following week and remaining strong on the charts for some time. Again, ARIA AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR, BART BORGESHI came to the party to shoot a stunning, powerful video for this track.
Ricki-Lee, has since toured and recorded with the YOUNG DIVAS (a 15-month project involving Ricki-Lee, Paulini, Kate & Emily who are all former Australian Idol finalists). After the amazing platnium success of their SMASH SINGLES, THIS TIME I KNOW ITS FOR REAL, HAPPENING ALL OVER AGAIN and SEARCHIN' - the album was their follow-up success, DEBUTING AT #4. Ricki-Lee made the difficult and emotional decision to leave the YOUNG DIVAS project in April, 2007 to return to her solo career. Her place in the Young Divas line-up was replaced by the beautiful and talented JESSICA MAUBOY - runner up, AUSTRALIAN IDOL 2006.
Ricki-Lee has been a featured artist on many red carpets in 2006/2007, most recently including the ARIA AWARDS where she was given the honour of opening the 2007 ARIA BROADCAST, performing a surprise ten-dancer-deep choreographed red carpet strut of her single, CAN'T TOUCH IT. Ricki-Lee has also been seen gracing the carpets of TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS, AUSTRALIAN IDOL GRAND FINAL, NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS, MTV AWARDS and URBAN AWARDS. She has made countless TV appearances, including SUNRISE, TODAY, VIDEO HITS, AUSTRALIAN IDOL, MORNINGS WITH KERRI-ANNE AND 9AM. Plus, special guest anthem performances at events such as Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars, A1GP Racing Event, Lexmark Indy 300, Australia Vs New Zealand International Netball Test Match, The Ashes Series, Australian Womens Open Final, AFL Grand Final, Oaks Day and Stakes Day as part of the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne.
Ricki-Lee was also voted FAVE AUSSIE ARTIST AT THE NICKELODEON KIDS CHOICE AWARDS IN 2006 and FAVE FEMALE ARTIST IN 2007.
After a two-month international writing junket, between LONDON, NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES in Feburary and March 2007, Ricki-Lee has now worked with some of the worlds hottest Producers, including: KNS (Britney Spears, Gia Farrell, Backstreet Boys, 50 Cent), DAVID GAMSON / MARC NELKIN (Madonna, Chakra Khan, Luther Vandross) VINCE PIZZINGA (Delta Goodrem, Anthony Callea, Wyclef Jean) & PETE MARTIN / ANDY LOVE (Sugababes, Big Brovaz) to name but a few.
Her Australian writing ties also remain strong, as she continues to work with the best in the Australian market: ANDREW DE SYLVA (Tina Arena, Marcia Hines, The Rockmelons), AUDIUS MTAWARIRA (Delta Goodrem, Paulini) and GLENN CUNNINGHAM (Human Nature, Shannon Noll, Jimmy Barnes).
Ricki-Lee's rave-review follow-up solo album BRAND NEW DAY - in which she wrote 10 of the 12 tracks on the album - was successfully launched in 2007. Single #1, CAN'T TOUCH IT, a super sexy, pop/club style track written in New York, has become one of 2007s HOTTEST and most requested songs. CAN'T TOUCH IT debuted at #2 into the ARIA SINGLES CHART and remained inside the ARIA TOP TEN for over 2-months. CAN'T TOUCH IT can still be seen floating around in the ARIA TOP 50 after almost five-months.
Uplifting dance-floor anthem and second single, LOVE IS ALL AROUND, was launched on AUSTRALIAN IDOL in November, with a stunning choreographed performance by WILLIAM FORSYTHE. LOVE IS ALL AROUND debuted into the ARIA CHART at an incredible #5, meaning TWO TOP FIVE SINGLES within months of each other. Ricki-Lee, continued to prove herself in her debut week, topping the ARIA PHYSICAL SALES CHART at #1.
Both smash singles have reached NUMBER 1 on the NATIONAL AIR CHARTS in 2007, with CANT TOUCH IT also gaining a NOMINATION for BEST PERFORMING INDEPENDENT SINGLE by THE AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT RECORD LABELS ASSOCIATION (AIR) in December.
SINGLE #3, edgy pop/dance track CANT SING A DIFFERENT SONG, is set to take the charts by storm when its released on MARCH 15TH, 2008. The track has already experienced its own level of success over in the UK/EUROPE after having been picked up for a MAJOR TVC in mid-2007.
Ricki-Lee has also just signed TWO INTERNATIONAL RECORD DEALS for a 2008 release. She is the most recent addition to the release roster of the worlds biggest and most respected dance label, MINISTRY OF SOUND, in the UK and EUROPE. Further to that, the second country to show their commitment to Ricki-Lee's undeniable talent is the second-largest music territory in the world, JAPAN, via respected independent Japanese record label PONY CANYON.