Ricky Smith was born in New York City and discovered his performing talents at an early age. He kicked off his career singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” during a spring concert at his school. At the age of nine, he was asked to compete in a singing competition during half-time of a Knicks basketball game in Madison Square Garden. After singing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye, he won a $250 educational IRA.

Smith performed at the Tony Awards while acting in Broadway’s The Color Purple as “Young Harpo.”He also played “Archie” in the off-Broadway play, Captain Louie. He also was in the show "The Electric Company." Smith’s love of music has inspired him to teach himself to play the piano and the guitar. Even while being busy with school, auditions, performing, writing and producing his own music, he still finds time to play basketball, soccer and baseball with his siblings and friends.