Nick Ramsey, has a simple philosophy, “practice makes permanent.” Born and raised in Racine, WI, Nick began entertaining audiences with his freestyle raps at the age of 15. He started writing at 21 and has since penned a number of inspirational poems and uplifting songs. His style combines the lyricism and storytelling of golden era Hip-Hop with the improvisational sound of Jazz. He has organized, promoted, hosted, and performed at hundreds of events throughout the US. He is also the co-founder of the independent production company and record label, Family Power Music (FPM).
2006: Nick took over as host of Carthage College’s Open Mic Night. For two years he helped provide a platform for countless entertainers to showcase their talents.
2007: Nick won 2nd Place at Carthage’s Fourth Annual Spring Celebration of International Poetry.
2008: On the morning of his college graduation party, Nick lost one of his best friends, Daniel Conner, to a tragic car accident. In memory of his dear friend, he and a dedicated board of directors began the planning of the now annual Dan Jam Music Festival. This event collects both monetary and food donations for the Racine County Food Bank. Combined contributions for the past eight years have totaled over $33,550 and 3,000 pounds of food.
2009: Nick was recruited to co-host Milwaukee Artbeat, a one-of-a-kind visual and performance arts showcase. He has helped organize every Artbeat event to date, including four outdoor festivals and over a dozen intimate indoor events.
2010: Ramsey and his two great friends, Anthony Makovec and Joshua Gill-Sutton, founded FPM, an independent production company and record label based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Within days of their inception, they created the Grassroots Open Mic and Feature Showcase.
2011: Nick released his first recordings on a 6-track EP. Click the following hyperlink for a free download of Introducing: Nick Ramsey.
2012: Ramsey joined the planning board for the now annual Get Behind The Arts event which tours over 20 art studios in a variety of disciplines. He’s in charge of lining up the entertainment for the preview party, hosting, and engineering sound the night of. Nick also began the now annual Origins of Hip-Hop event in downtown Racine, WI. This event brings hundreds of people together from over a dozen zip codes to celebrate the elements of Hip-Hop culture: Emceeing, Breakin’, DJing, and Graffiti.
2013: Nick was brought on board to assist with the annual Thoughts for Food fundraiser for the Racine County Food Bank. Three dozen bands of varying genres donate their time and talents at a dozen different venues throughout downtown Racine to assist in collecting food and monetary donations. Over its 24 year history, they have raised over $400,000 and more than 100,000 pounds of food! Nick was also inaugurated for a two-year term as the 2013-2015 Racine County Poet Laureate.
2014: Ramsey formed a 4-piece Hip-Hop, Funk, and Rock amalgamation known at Nick Ramsey & The Family. The group has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and plans to extend their live shows into the Illinois and Minnesota markets in the future!
2015: Nick released his first chapbook of poetry entitled Rhymes & Rambles. He also successfully raised over $6,000 on Kickstarter.com to complete his first full-length, double-disc studio album, Nick or Nicholas which was released on August. This album can also be downloaded on Bandcamp. In closing his term as at 2013-2015 Racine County Poet Laureate, Nick put together a community-focused exhibit at the Racine Arts Council featuring 12 local poets and 12 local visual artists entitled, Transformation: Art & Poetry. Due to the response, a professional book was created which can be purchased Thursdays-Saturdays from 12-5pm at the Racine Arts Council.
2016: Nick and his FPM co-founders formalized their community organization and created an LLC on June 27th. In the fall, FPM organized it’s first ever 2-week fall tour encompassing 9 cities and 4 states (MN, WI, IL, and IN).