Monday, December 22, 2008


The theme for my most recent posts seem to be flop acts. This next group is a CD I've seen in used cd stores for years and never got around to buying. Finally the last time I saw it I said what hell and plucked down a $1 for it. The name of group was Ricca and they released their self-titled debut on Epic Records in 1994. I honestly don't remember this group being around, which is shocking because I was all about girl groups back in the day. It would make sense because by the mid 90s the wave of popularity many girl groups enjoyed only a few years before was pretty much over. Unlike the majority of Latina girl groups that came before them (Sweet Sensation, The Cover Girls, etc.) their album was heavily R&B and not dance/pop like one would expect (not to say they weren't some dancier tracks included but they tend to lean more towards new jack swing). The album pretty much came and went, not charting on any Billboard charts. Two singles were released and from what info I could find they didn't chart as well. They included Any Love and Such A Rush. Like I said the album is very mid 90s R&B sounding with some tracks even leaning towards New Jack Swing. It's a shame as the album was good, with catchy hooks and slick production.

(L-R: Ricca CD; Such a Rush 12"; Any Love CD single)

The group was comprised of Natalie Soltren, Elisa Soltren and Teresa Rodrigues. While searching on info as to what happened to the ladies of Ricca, I pretty much came empty handed. That is until I was able to find some info on member Teresa. Teresa if the voice of BabyBaby, a website that creates custom lullabies. According to her bio after Ricca disbanded she went on to sing backup for the likes of DLG and Joe McIntyre. She currently is a member of the Connecticut based band Pandemonium. You can check out their myspace page or their official website. As for the remaining 2 ladies, whom I am guessing are sisters, not much is known about them. So if any of you know what's become of the gals of Ricca please let us know!


Anonymous said...

I have information on the sisters. Do you have an email address? I would love to help you out with this.

My email address is

SLICE magazine said...

flipping love the blog

Taliah said...

Elisa Soltren is my mom and Natalie Soltren is my aunt. My mom sung with DLG after Ricca as well.

Anonymous said...

Elisa went on to sing with a local band called Humano, after touring with DLG for 2 years. She sang the American National Anthem at a Celtics game, and she is now recording background vocals for local groups and bands within the Boston area.

Anonymous said...

Taliah! wow she was very little last time I saw her. Elisa her mom is a amazing woman and the group had issues with the label. They were whats commonly known as released but they got shelf ed! Then drop by Sony Music. I was one of the people trying to to help them in 94.
I was in touch and knew their management Addison also former manager of legendary Latin Boyz.
Elisa youst to be friendly with me and went with me to my sisters wedding in 94. She was so awesome & sang Heatwave's Always & Forever on stage.

I loved their music and their music lives on!
Urban Latino

Anonymous said...

Teresa Rodrigues actually was brought in by Elisa Soltren to sing with her while with DLG. Elisa initially auditioned for Sergio George, who had been looking for new talent at the time. He called her a few weeks later and asked her to join the group DLG. The 3 girls were all at one point working with Donnie Wahlberg and recorded several demo's as well. Teresa Rodrigues had auditioned for the group Ricca after the group had already been formed. There was an original member named Brenda Salgado. It is her voice on the album. Teresa joined later after Brenda had unexpectedly left the group. The girls presented an award to Janet Jackson at The Soultrain Music awards and had also been managed by PAZ Entertainment (Patti Labelle and Armstead Edwards).

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