Ricky Dillard is the walking, talking embodiment of the charismatic Gospel artist. His towering, chocolate frame is always immaculately draped in elegant, tailor made suits. His graceful movements in concert are part gravity-defying calisthenics and part unadulterated COGIC expression. His rich catalog of Black church music is the personification of praise pushed to the absolute limit.
Thirty plus years as the dynamic director of jubilant sounds and joyous celebration has catapulted Dillard into a sort of legendary status. His jaw-dropping choir, New G, continue to reign supreme for their vocal excellence and capturing stage performances. But despite all the accolades and awards, Ricky refuses to slow down. Instead, he’s just as excited as ever with the release of his milestone record, TEN. BlackGospel.com recently spoke with Ricky Dillard about his truly amazing journey.
Christopher Heron: Minister Dillard, if you could welcome any soprano, alto and tenor from any era to join New G, who would be those three vocalists?
Ricky Dillard: My all-time favorite soprano voice would be Aretha Franklin. For alto, does it have to be a Gospel artist?