The Rykert Trio is a unique blend of family harmonies who sing contemporary and southern gospel, in addition to power anthems and classical hymns. The group has been singing and ministering in churches and performing arts centers throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona since 2016. The Trio are also members of the Western States Gospel Music Association as of July 2018.
The Rykert Trio has emerged triumphantly from devastating news they received in 2015. Joe, (father) was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. After the rigors of chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, radiation treatments and with many friends and family praying for him, his cancer is now in remission. The three of them are soloists in their own right, but had never performed together as a family group before. Joe had singing commitments lined up, but didn’t know if he’d have the strength to do them (after chemo, etc.). Joe asked his kids to back him up and thus the Trio began. Joe and the kids felt the calling of the Lord to minister and share with others the testimony and God’s work in Joe’s life.
In August of 2016, they won the grand prize and audience favorite awards at the Gallo Center for the Arts talent show (The Valley Talent Project), in which one of the judges was Robert Ulrich (casting director of the Glee Project and Quantico). This has led them to many concert bookings at concert venues - Gallo Center for the Arts, Great Western Fan Festival and the President’s Inaugural Ball at CSU Stanislaus.
The Trio’s first album “Sometimes It Takes a Mountain” was released October, 2017. The Rykert Trio sincerely hopes and prays that their story and their music will encourage all to trust God with what ever challenges they may be facing. Their second album, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” was released in April of 2018. You can find their first two projects on all musical platforms for downloads and streaming. In July 2019 they released their third album which is all original music, recorded and produced in New York City by Jim Morgan. The title of this album is "Healed" which is a song written by their dear friend, Joey Coray. It includes a bonus track of our most requested song sung by Joseph and Noel "The Prayer". It also includes many more powerful songs written by some of gospel music's greatest song writers today.
Joe, who is classically trained has sung numerous tenor (opera: Townsend Opera and musical theatre: Modesto Performing Arts) leads for over 30 years. Joe has been a featured soloist at First Baptist Church Modesto, Modesto Covenant Church, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church (Ripon Oratorio Chorus - Messiah), Modesto and Merced Symphonies, and more. He’s sung for President George Bush, Barbara Bush, Colin Powell, Ernest Gallo and many other dignitaries. Joe is also a father to five girls, one son and is married to his wife Tammy (who he and the kids call “Momager” as she plays a huge role in keeping them organized).
Noel Rykert - LaRosa
Noel grew up in a musical home, listening to voice lessons being taught daily, attending countless Operas and Musicals. She has been involved with music her entire life. Noel has a natural God-given talent and has sung in several musicals, starting at the age of 6 and has also performed as a soloist for several years. Besides singing, Noel is a hair stylist, wife to Michael LaRosa and mother to three beautiful children who also occasionally sing with the Trio.
Joseph Paul Rykert
Joseph is a classically trained tenor, who holds a Bachelor’s degree of music from Azusa Pacific University. He is currently touring worldwide with Broadway’s Phantom from ‘Phantom of the Opera’, Jeremy Stolle and his show ‘The Unreachable Stars’. He has performed lead roles in many opera and musical theater productions and has toured as a primary tenor soloist with several singing groups from APU. He’s sung in 35 US states and 4 international countries. He is also an alumnus of Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan. As of 2020, Joseph has been offered the position of Worship & Production Associate at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, CA.