Rickey Teetz bats for charity
MONTEGO Bay-based dancehall artiste Rickey Teetz is a firm believer in giving back to the community.
He was one of the featured acts on the recently concluded Rainforest Seafood Festival at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in St James. Proceeds were in aid of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in that parish.
"I was just grateful for the opportunity to lend my talents to support this move. When you are blessed, you have to give back, especially knowing that you came from nothing. When you are blessed with the help of God to rise," Rickey Teetz said.
Rickey Teetz, whose given name is Ricardo McLean, said he remembers an unfortunate incident in his life and if it were not for the community's kindness, he would have been worse off.
"When I was a youth, my mother's house burnt down. We got some help from the community, but we lost everything. That kind of experience makes me want to help those less fortunate than me," he said.
With this in mind, the artiste organised several children's treats in the Cambridge and Rose Heights communities. He also donated money and supplies to the West Haven Children's Home for physically and mentally challenged children in Copse, Hanover.
"You give so more blessings will come your way," he said.
In the meantime, Rickey Teetz is pleased with the response to his single Lighters Up. The track, produced on Teetz's Win Out Entertainment Label, was released in February.
"The song is doing well because everybody can identify with it. Everyone has lost somebody close to them, everyone has experienced loss," he said.
He is known for singles including Tip Yuh and 630 Walk.