Ric Herbert ‘Black Widow’

Ric Herbert – Bio

As an all round performer, Ric Herbert has crafted a rich and rewarding career across most avenues of the entertainment industry.

Ric’s career impresses many in today’s performance world where the multi-skilled talent is the first to be noticed.

His successes to date include:


Films: King Kong (Peter Jackson), Babe in Metropolis, The Devil Game, FJ Holden, The Killing of Angel Street.

Television: Rescue Special Ops, Underbelly 2, Home and Away, Wild Side,  All Saints, Police Rescue, The Young Doctors, TV Follies (ABC), The Sullivans, A Country Practice, Prisoner, Sweet & Sour (ABC Rock Drama), etc.

Mini series: The Last Outlaw and 1915 (ABC).

Plays: Equus (Old Tote), A Hard God and Entertaining Mr Sloane (Q Theatre), plus various short plays.

Musicals: The Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Joseph (Pharoah), Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, plus Australian Musicals: Ned Kelly (Reg Livermore), St Mary’s Kid, Asylum
and Sinbad.

Proud equity member (2033128) since 1976.


At the age of 7, Ric was the youngest person in 150 years to be granted a scholarship to sing in the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir. He continued there to the age of 13. After a gap year he started performing in Community Musical theatre and turned pro at 16.

Anthems: “Share the Spirit” (the 2000 Olympic bid anthem), culminating in singing live at the opening ceremony.
“Up there with the heroes” (the 2002 Commonwealth Games anthem).

Original Bands: Behind Bars, Interview, Click Track and recently The Ric Herbert Band, playing live at the Vanguard and The Basement.

Covers Bands: Oz Rock, IOU, In the Mood (corporate) and now Get RicH plays parties, functions and regularly at the Woollahra Hotel.

Session Singing: All sorts of sessions for Radio and TV campaigns through to animation and corporate jingles, plus vocals on Sweet and Sour, Strictly ballroom…etc


Ric joined RMK (Australia’s premium voice agency) in 1980. He’s been employed over 14,000 times for voice-overs. You have eaten breakfast, lunch and dined nightly with Ric.

Starting out as “Ricky the Boy” he has worked for hundreds of clients, from the voice of the Nesquick bunny through to promo’s for the ABC, XYZ, Cartoon Network and the Sci-Fi Channels.

Animation credits include 14 films for Burbank and various voices in “Little Horrors” – 52 TV episodes for December Films. Among credits that are seriously too numerous to mention, Ric is currently the voice of Channel 7’s ‘X Factor’.


Ric has come to enjoy teaching in the last 15 years and instructs in voice technique, voice-overs and singing.

Voice Technique: Realising that people (including performers) have very little idea about their vocal instrument,
Ric developed a voice technique course called 7 STEPS TO YOUR WONDERFUL VOICE.  He continues to teach privately and has taught 3 consecutive terms at the Brent St Academy. From beginners to professionals, Ric’s technique has helped iron out problems in addition to setting up an understanding and confidence for working voices artists.

Voice Overs: Ric teaches the art of voice overs and studio technique privately from his home studio in North Bondi
as well as for NIDA and AFTRS. He has given master classes for MEAA (Actor’s Equity) and Short and Sweet.  Many people have benefitted from his understanding and insights. Some have gone on to fine careers in the voice industry.

Workshops: Ric has created programs for community, school and corporate workshops. Combining voice technique and singing he has brought understanding and confidence to groups of 6-20. It’s incredibly powerful when your team learns to work together in harmony.

Singing: Singing is a passionate journey of the spirit. To improve this ability is a gift to the soul. Ric teaches privately, at Brent St Academy and at Live to Sing. From contemporary to musical theatre, children to adults, beginners to pro’s, preparing for auditions/performances, or just for the love of it, singing is your right… enjoy it.


Source: http://richerbert.com/about.php



Black widow Hair’s rising on my neck now, things are not quite right.

Something sits in wait, search the shadow for those eyes, That stare into the night.


Prowling as your waiting, anticipating.

Focus starts to blur the moment change occurs

To make you wake in fright.


C’mon entice me, mesmerize me on a rollercoaster ride.


Black widow, wrap me in your thighs.

Black widow, you put a spell on me.



Strung up in a web now, a spell that’s made in hell.

As you taunt and tease, bring me to my knees

Just can’t take the pressure.


Want to go ahead and take you, feel compelled to make you

Be my slave and beg for more, take you to the floor

Temperature is rising.



C’mon bite me, delight me in the tango of surprise.

Black widow, Black widow

Black widow, wrap me in your spell

Black widow, gonna’ ride me down to hell


Black widow, Black widow

Black widow, wrap me in your web

Black widow, take me for a ride

Black widow, Black widow

You put a spell on me, Black widow

Black widow, Black widow


Copyright 10/14: Ric Herbert, Peter Northcote, John Jarratt.

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