Tony Rich first hit the scene when he caputured the attention of the production duo Tim & Bob. They convinced Pebbles, then the wife of LaFace co-founder LA Reid, to listen to him over the phone. Subsequently, Tony became a staff writer for LaFace Records, writing songs for recording artists such as Boyz II Men, Johnny Gill, TLC and Toni Braxton. Eventually, incoming VP of A&R Eddie F convinced Reid to sign Tony as an artist.
In 1996, Tony released the hit single Nobody Knows, which hit #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, He then released his debut album Words. Both the album and single went platinum, earning Tony a Grammy for Best R&B Album in 1997. His song Like A Woman was also nominated for a Grammy. Nobody Knows went on to be covered by country singer Kevin Sharp as his debut single.
In 1998, Tony released his second album Birdseye. Although it was critically praised, it did not generate much commercial success. In 2003, Tony returned with the release of his third album The Resurrected. It was a different style, featuring him rocking out on the guitar and singing smooth ballads. Tony’s fourth album Pictures was released in 2006. It contained snapshots of relationships and a return to the style of his earlier works. In 2008 he released his fifth album Exist on Hidden Beach Recordings.
Tony is back with the release of his new CD Speak Me, a compilation of twelve songs about life, love and relationships. He was inspired to complete this project after venturing into South Africa and learning of his untapped popularity there. Nine Lives, which Tony says, “has everything to do with one individual and their multiple expressions” was released in South Africa in 2012. In January 2013, the song was chosen as a Soultracks.com Choice Track.
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