Tony Rich

Antonio Jeffries Jr. (born November 19, 1971), better known as Tony Rich and The Tony Rich Project, is an American Grammy-award winning R&B singer-songwriter best known for his hit single "Nobody Knows".

Tony Rich
Birth nameAntonio Jeffries
Also known asThe Tony Rich Project
BornNovember 19, 1971 (age 47)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresR&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1993–present
LabelsLaFace, Rich Media, Hidden Beach
Website[1]

Early career

Rich originally from Michigan first attracted attention through the production team of Tim & Bob. The duo convinced Perri "Pebbles" Reid (then the wife of L.A. Reid, co-founder of LaFace Records) to listen to Rich over the phone. Rich was hired as a house songwriter for LaFace Records, penning hit singles for artists such as Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, TLC, A Few Good Men and Johnny Gill. As incoming Vice President of A&R, Eddie F then convinced L.A. Reid to sign him as an artist. Later, Rich mixed elements of jazz, rock and soul music into his own tracks.

The Tony Rich Project

After signing with LaFace Records as an artist, Rich began work on his debut album. The set's lead single "Nobody Knows" was released in November 1995, and became a hit single, making it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following year.[1] Under the moniker "The Tony Rich Project," he released his debut album Words in early 1996. Both the album and single went platinum. The album's follow-up single "Like a Woman" garnered moderate success giving Rich another Top30 AC single. He also contributed the track "Highway" to the soundtrack to the 1996 action film Fled[2] and "You're a Winner" to the Rhythm of the Games: 1996 Olympic Games Album compilation.

The following year, Rich received four Grammy Award nominations including Best New Artist, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Nobody Knows"), Best R&B Album ("Words"), and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Like a Woman"). He ended up winning the award for Best R&B Album.

A third single, "Leavin'" was released in 1997 from his debut album and peaked at #88 on the Hot 100 and #53 on the R&B chart. Also that year, he did some songwriting/production work on albums by Sam Salter, Michael Bolton, 4.0, and Aaron Neville.

He made his feature film debut, portraying the legendary Edward Duke Ellington in the 1997 crime drama Hoodlum.[3] He recorded the track "Harlem is Home" for the movie soundtrack.[4]

After the success of his debut, Rich began work on his next album. The album's first single "Silly Man" was released in 1998 and gained some airplay. His sophomore album Birdseye was released on August 8, 1998 and peaked at #66 on the Billboard R&B chart. It was critically praised, but failed to generate much commercial success. Due to some label issues/mergers, his album was caught in limbo.[5] That same year, he was commissioned to produce a few remixes for the Spice Girls hit single "Viva Forever" in addition to doing some appearances/production work on albums by CeCe Winans and Eric Clapton.

With his Birdseye album's cycle cut short, he took some time off to work on various projects.[5]

In 1999, he recorded a remake of the classic song "If This World Were Mine" with Grenique for the Marvin is 60 compilation tribute album.[6] For the next few years, he would write and compose songs for a couple of gospel artists such as Anointed and The Wordd. He also contributed a few tracks to the Guy reunion album Guy III of which "Why You Wanna Keep Me from My Baby" was released as a single and peaked at #50 on the R&B charts.[7]

In 2003, Rich returned with his third album Resurrected which marked his first release as an independent artist.[8] Carrying a very different styles, the album featured Rich influenced by Rock music, focusing on his guitar work, in addition to various styles of music. The set's lead single "Traveling Alone" became an Urban AC hit and also became a huge hit in the Brazilian market as covered by the artist Luisa Possi and the album had a follow-up single with the track "Red Wine."

In 2006, Rich released his fourth album, Pictures which featured the theme of snapshots of a relationship. It garnered a positive response from his fans, who marked the return to a R&B-focused genre than his previous release.

In 2007, he signed with Hidden Beach Recordings, and began work on his fifth solo album Exist. The first single from the album "Part the Waves" was released as a digital single, and the album soon followed on September 23, 2008.[9]

Following the promotion of the album with some tour dates and televised performances, his album track "Sweet Addiction" was featured on Hidden Beach Recordings' Hidden Beach Valentines Vol. 1: Love, Passion & Other Emotions compilation.[10]

In 2009, he began preparations to release a new studio album titled Speak Me with Hidden Beach Recordings. However, it wasn't until 2013 that the album was then scheduled to be released on March 19, 2013. The album's lead single "Fade Away" was pushed to Smooth Jazz / Smooth AC radio. The album was later pushed back to a summer release[11] but eventually shelved.[12] However, snippets of the album were made available through Hidden Beach Recordings' Soundcloud account.[13]

The latest release from The Tony Rich Project is Encaustic, released October 2017.

Discography

Albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[14]
US
R&B

[14]
UK
[15]
1996 Words
  • Released: January 16, 1996
  • Label: LaFace
31 18 27
  • US: Platinum
1998 Birdseye
  • Released: August 8, 1998
  • Label: LaFace
66
2003 Resurrected
  • Released: July 15, 2003
  • Label: Rich Projects / Compendia
2006 Pictures
  • Released: May 2, 2006
  • Label: Rich Media / I.M.
2008 Exist 31
2013 Speak Me
2017 Encaustic
  • Released: October 26, 2017
  • Label: Francis-Lyn, LLC

Compilations

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[14]
US
R&B

[14]
UK
[15]
2005 Nobody Knows: the Best of
  • Released: April 26, 2005
  • Label: Sony BMG

Singles

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US US AC US R&B US Main T40 US Adult Top 40 US Rhythmic UK
[16]
1996 "Nobody Knows" 2 2 11 2 7 1 4
"Like a Woman" 41 30 42 28 24 27
1997 "Leavin'" 88 53 52
1998 "Silly Man"
2003 "Traveling Alone"
"Red Wine"
2008 "Part the Waves"
2013 "Fade Away"
"Breaking Glass"

References

  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, p. 844. Random House, Inc.
  2. ^ "Fled - Original Soundtrack - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  3. ^ Willis, John, ed. (1999). Screen World 1998 Film Annual, p. 97. Hal Leonard Corporation.
  4. ^ "Harlem Is Home - Tony Rich - Song Info - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  5. ^ a b "TONY RICH PROJECT TO RELEASE 'RED WINE' AS NEXT SINGLE FROM THIRD ALBUM, 'RESURRECTED' - Mitch Schneider Organization". www.msopr.com.
  6. ^ "Marvin Is 60: A Tribute Album - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Guy III - Guy - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "The Tony Rich Project: 'Resurrected'".
  9. ^ http://hiddenbeach.com/tony-rich/tony-rich-live-on-good-day-atlanta-923/
  10. ^ "Hidden Beach Valentines Vol. 1: Love, Passion & Other Emotions - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  11. ^ "Sound Check: The Tony Rich Project-Painting a Musical Picture - Soul Train". 25 June 2013.
  12. ^ "The Tony Rich Project - Speak Me CD Album". www.cduniverse.com.
  13. ^ https://soundcloud.com/hiddenbeach/the-tony-rich-project-speak-me
  14. ^ a b c d "US Albums Charts > Tony Rich". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  15. ^ a b "UK Charts > Tony Rich Project". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  16. ^ "TONY RICH PROJECT - Official Charts Company".

External links

39th Annual Grammy Awards

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 26, 1997, at Madison Square Garden, New York City. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Babyface was the night's biggest winner, with 4 awards. Celine Dion and Toni Braxton won two awards. Celine Dion for "Best Pop Album" and "Album of the Year" and Toni Braxton for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". The show was hosted by Ellen Degeneres who also performed the opening with Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Rait, and Chaka Khan.

All That Matters (Michael Bolton album)

All That Matters is an album by Michael Bolton, released in 1997, and was his first studio album since 1993's "The One Thing". Bolton was aided in production by Babyface and Tony Rich, and among the songwriters are Bolton, Diane Warren, Babyface, Lamont Dozier, Gary Burr, and Tony Rich. Bolton’s U.S. fans were puzzled by the album’s title, "All That Matters", until the phrase was found on the bonus track, "When There Are No Words", on the UK version of the album. The two singles from the album, "The Best of Love", and "Safe Place from the Storm" were disappointing in sales and radio play, and fans were disappointed that the songs were performed only a handful of times during Bolton’s 1998 tour in support of the album.

Bolton recorded the pop version of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (composed by Diane Warren), for the soundtrack to the film Armageddon. The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but ultimately lost both to Celine Dion's hit "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to #1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, Bolton's ninth song to top this chart. The song was also included on the All That Matters album.

Despite the lead single's relative success (#24 on the Hot 100), the album failed to achieve substantial success, partly because subsequent singles from the album failed to make any significant impact on the charts and due to the altering musical tastes (which were in favor of teen-pop at the time). Thus, the album debuted at a disappointing #39 and after some weeks of descending the chart it completely disappeared from the Billboard Top 200, merely going Gold. It is Bolton’s album to be certified to date.

Worldwide, the success of the album has also been limited selling just over a million copies.

American Music Awards of 1997

The 24th Annual American Music Awards were held on January 27, 1997, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognized the most popular artists and albums from the year 1996.

Bille Woodruff

Bille Woodruff is a music video and film director, noted for directing many videos for a number of R&B and hip-hop artists since the mid-1990s. These artists include Joe, for whom Woodruff has directed 9 music videos since 1994, and Toni Braxton, with whom he has worked 10 times since 1996. Woodruff directed the videos for some of Braxton's biggest singles, including "Un-Break My Heart", "You're Makin' Me High", and "He Wasn't Man Enough".

Hoodlum (soundtrack)

Hoodlum (Music Inspired By the Motion Picture) is the soundtrack to Bill Duke's 1997 crime drama film Hoodlum. It was released on August 12, 1997 via Loud Records and Interscope Records, and consisted of a blend of hip hop and R&B music. The album features songs performed by 112, Adriana Evans, Big Boi, Big Bub, Big Noyd, Chico DeBarge, Cool Breeze, Davina, Erykah Badu, Faith Evans, L.V., Mobb Deep, Rahsaan Patterson, Rakim, Tony Rich and Wu-Tang Clan.

The soundtrack peaked at number 94 on the Billboard 200 and at number 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in the United States. Mobb Deep's single "Hoodlum" made it to number 29 on the Hot Rap Songs.

LaFace Records

LaFace Records was an American record label based in Atlanta, Georgia that operated as a unit of Sony Music Entertainment from 2008 to 2011 and was historically a part of Bertelsmann Music Group from 1989 to 2004. It was most active and achieved its greatest commercial success during the 1990s; dealing largely in the field of urban music. It was originally distributed by its co-creator Arista Records from 1989 through 2001; after which it was shuttered and absorbed into Arista. In 2004, the label was rebooted, and it began operating through Jive Records until both were absorbed into RCA Records in 2011. Today, the label's back catalog and reissues are managed by Legacy Recordings.

Let's Get the Mood Right

Let's Get the Mood Right is the 5th album by singer Johnny Gill released in 1996. Certified gold in January 1997,

it was his third and final album for Motown Records.

List of number-one singles of 1996 (Ireland)

The following is a list of the IRMA's number-one singles of 1996.

Dates given are the Saturday of publication.

Nobody Knows (Tony Rich song)

"Nobody Knows" is a song by R&B artist Tony Rich (then known as The Tony Rich Project) from his 1996 debut album Words. Released as his debut single, the song peaked at #11 on the soul singles chart, and went to #2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts (in both cases behind Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me"). Rich received a nomination for the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; he lost to Eric Clapton's "Change the World".

Pete Orta

Pete Orta (born August 26, 1971) is a Christian rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter and music producer. He was a member of Christian rock band Petra from 1996 to 2000.

Born in Port Lavaca, Orta moved to Lubbock at age six. Despite the roughly 540-mile initial relocation from south to north Texas, Orta's family kept moving within Lubbock city limits. Orta attended Haynes Elementary School, Mackenzie Junior High School, Evans Middle School, Matthews Junior High School and Lubbock High School before graduating from Coronado High School.Orta was given his first guitar—a red, no-brand toy—by his aunt when he was four, which he taught himself to play.At age 18, Orta left home, and although he had a job, he couldn't afford to pay both rent and for the black Steinberger guitar he had financed from Jent's House of Music. Choosing his guitar over a home, he lived in his car, slept in open churches and showered at the YMCA for a year. He eventually landed a job at Jent's, where he fell under the tutelage of co-worker and revered local guitarist, John Ellis. Ellis was surprised by Orta's melodic lines and fast playing ability, which he says often don't go hand in hand. He was also surprised that Orta had never heard of music greats, like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin or Van Halen, all of which he had been deprived of hearing as a child with no electronics made available to him.In 1996, Orta moved to Nashville and joined Petra; he contributed greatly to the band's success in the late 90s. His awards include a Gold Record, a Dove Award, three Grammy Nominations and for Gospel Rock Album of the year was presented a Grammy in the year 2000 for the award winning album, Double Take.Petra’s single Breathe In on Petra’s Double Take. album, which attracted the attention of Word/Sony Records A&R staff and eventually led to the Recording of his first solo record Born Again. In 2000, Orta left Petra and embarked on a solo career and was inducted with Petra, into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and also had his guitars inducted in Hard Rock Cafes around the world. In 2001, prior to the release of his album, friend and label mate singer Jaci Velasquez invited Orta to tour as her guitar player on her Crystal Clear Tour where she featured him in a step out solo performance and he was presented another Gold Record, this time while touring with Velasquez. Soon after, Orta recorded a duet with Jaci on her 2001 Christmas release Season of Love. In 2001, his solo album, Born Again on Word Records was finally released to rave reviews and rock radio success, which culminated in a 2002 Dove Award Nomination for Rock Recorded Song of the Year.In late 2001, Orta performed as part of the all-star chorus of CCM artists who recorded the 9/11 tribute song, "In God We Trust," penned by Mark Heimermann and Wayne Kirkpatrick and

commissioned by the Gospel Music Association.Aside from Velasquez, Orta has performed on the albums of other CCM artists, including Tammy Trent, Steven Delopoulos, and Rachel Lampa. He also rearranged and performed Jimmie Dale Gilmore's "Braver Newer World" for use in the 2002 motion picture Joshua.In 2005, Orta produced the debut album from Jaci Velasquez's record label, Apostrophe, by Michael Cook called Imprint Orta also contributed his production techniques to the soundtrack for the Left Behind: World at War soundtrack.Apart from Jaci Velasquez, Orta has worked with other artist including: Jack Blades, Desmond Child, Tommy Sims, Michael W. Smith, Tony Rich, The Waiting, Guardian, Chris Rodriguez, Trey Bruce, Rosas Divinas Pete Kipley and David Rice.

In 2009, Orta along with his wife, began a non-profit called In Triumph, where he began to take "unchosen" young adults off the streets and into his home. Out of his past, Pete says he is "able to relate to the young people in his program, young people who in their few short years have experienced prostitution, drug addiction, imprisonment and all manners of abuse and rejection". Now, when given the opportunity to address an audience about his journey, Pete loves helping people understand the blessing of taking on the suffering and burdens of those who could never return the favor. The young people he calls "unchosen" are a nameless and growing group in our country and Pete loves the opportunity to introduce his audience to the third world here in America.

Resurrected

Resurrected or The Resurrected may refer to:

The Resurrected, a 1991 American horror film

Resurrected (film), a 1989 British film

Resurrected (album), a 2008 Witchfinder General album

Resurrected, a 2003 album by Tony Rich

Destroyer: Resurrected, a 2012 remix and re-release of Destroyer (Kiss album)

Secrets (Toni Braxton album)

Secrets is the second studio album by American singer Toni Braxton. It was released on June 18, 1996, by LaFace Records and Arista Records. The album was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 1997 Grammy Awards. Secrets has been certified octuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Worldwide, the album has sold over 15 million copies. In support of the album, Braxton embarked on the Secrets Tour, playing dates in North America and Europe from August 1996 to October 1997.

Straight from My Heart

Straight from My Heart is the third album by singer Pebbles. It was released in 1995 on MCA Records and spawned the top 40 R&B hit, "Are You Ready?".

Viva Forever

"Viva Forever" is a song recorded by English girl group the Spice Girls for their second album, Spiceworld (1997). It was written by the group with Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard, whilst produced by the latter two. The song was released on 20 July 1998 in the United Kingdom and received critical acclaim. The song also charted fairly well becoming the band's seventh UK number one single gaining a Platinum certification whilst also topping the charts in New Zealand. The single was a commercial success despite poor promotion.

An accompanying music video directed by Steve Box was released featuring the five band members as animated fairies that interact with two friends in a forest. The video was commissioned months before Geri's departure, and as such she appears in the video and the accompanying single artwork. The four remaining members performed the track on shows Top of the Pops and on the National Lottery television show. An adapted pop-opera duet version was performed with Pavarotti at his annual charity event Pavarotti and Friends. The song was also performed live as a five-piece on their return concert tour, Return of the Spice Girls. In the book The Spice Girls Revisited by David Sinclair, it was confirmed by the co-writers/producers of the song Matthew Rowe & Richard Stannard that Geri Halliwell was the main songwriter of "Viva Forever".

Words (Tony Rich album)

Words is the debut album by American R&B musician Tony Rich (under the moniker "The Tony Rich Project"), released January 16, 1996 on LaFace Records. The album is produced, written, arranged and performed by Rich. In 1997, the album won a Grammy Award for the Best R&B Album.

At the start of 1996 with the acoustic R&B ballad, "Nobody Knows", the song was a hit peaking at #2 for 2 weeks, going platinum, and spending almost a year on the Billboard Hot 100 (47 weeks).In total three singles were released from Words: "Nobody Knows", "Like a Woman", and "Leavin'".

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