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Local Songwriter Contributes His Rhythm to ‘Carter High’ Soundtrack

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DALLAS, TX -- You can say Rhythum runs in Troy Hicks’ blood; he’s been making music from the time he was a young boy.

"I started out when I was 12, playing trombone; from there, that’s where the love for music just took off,” Hicks told NewsFix.

Rhythum is also the beat that defines his business. "This is where I do a lot of recording for my records and this is where the magic happens," Hicks said of his North Dallas recording studio.

Hicks' resume includes producer, songwriter and singer. He even shoots, directs and edits his own music videos under his label, Rhythum for Rhythum Boy Music.

But, perhaps his biggest professional accomplishment can be found on the soundtrack to the new movie, Carter High. The film focuses on the eligibility scandal that rocked the dominate football team in the 1980s.

Hicks' single, Real Life, was inspired by just that -- life and all its real, upsetting and often complicated events.

"I decided to write a song, a positive song, that would just bring some awareness to what was going on.”

"A friend of mine by the name of Christopher “Tiptoe” Williams was involved in the movie project," Hicks explained. "He let me know that they were looking for music for the soundtrack. So, I sent him a song and I guess he liked it.”

Hicks says his success is shared with the city of Dallas – a community and culture that’s nurtured his talent. He hopes to inspire others to use their unique rhythm and voice to sing what cannot otherwise be expressed.

"I want people to identify with what I’m singing and reflect on their own lives,” Hicks said. "If you want to be great, you have to learn from those who are great.”


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