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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – He’s the man behind some of the biggest names in music. His name is Rico Love, a nickname he picked up in his childhood years growing up in Harlem.

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“Growing up in New York this lady in my building used to look at skin and said “Rico” your skin is “Rico”, so it stuck with me and it became my moniker,” said Love.

After connecting with Usher early in his career, in 2005 Love was behind seven songs that peaked on Billboard’s Top 10 hot R & B hip-hop songs chart.

CBS4’sLisa Petrillo asked Love about some stars he’s written and produced for.

Usher, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, David Guetta, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and the list goes on and on,” he replied.

Yes, songs like Usher’s “There Goes my Baby, Trey’s song “Heart Attack” and Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams.”

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After moving to Miami in the early 2000s. Love set up his recording studio in North Miami and brought artists here.

“I believe that everybody wants to come to Miami. You don’t have to twist an artist’s arm to come here. When I say we can work in your city or you can come to Miami, they say let’s get there, let’s get there,” said Love.

He’s had hit singles before but now for the first time in his career, Love has stepped up to the microphone and released his own album “Turn the Lights On.”

“After 10 years in the business, its my first my debut album. It comes with more pressure, I know, but I have the experience,” he said.

Pressure or not, Rico said he expects this new album to connect with many because it speaks to the heart.

“The key is to provoke thought, evoke emotion. I want to make somebody be able to feel something, think something, see something they’ve never seen before,” he explained.

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“Turn The Lights On” is now in stores and online.

Lisa Petrillo