Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Virginia, Richard Leigh was born into a home filled with domestic violence that ultimately claimed the life of both parents. Richard became an orphan at the tender age of four.
Going from family to family, he sought comfort in the form of music and songwriting. By the time he was ten, he was performing at church and school functions. By the time he was a teen, he was performing in music venues. Despite his humble beginnings, Richard went on to write songs for the greatest country music artists in history, including Ray Charles, George Jones, Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Dixie Chicks, and more. Award trophies include a Grammy, CMA Award, and Richard is one of only ten songwriters in history to ever receive the Song of the Century award. Arguably his most famous song, Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, reached #1 on both the Pop and Country charts, earning Richard his first Grammy. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. To date, Richard’s music has sold 50 million records and has made fourteen trips into the top ten, including eight #1 hits.
Join hosts Lynda Cheldelin Fell & Angie Cartwright as they talk with Richard Leigh about his humble beginnings and journey into stardom, and learn the story behind his keynote speech Three Minute Miracles: From Orphan to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 18 beginning at 6 pm pacific / 9 pm eastern.
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