Jamie Richards

Jamie Richards

Jamie’s mastery of the songwriting craft caught the attention of Curb Records, who offered him a position as a staff writer. For almost five years, Jamie played the part of the prolific staff songwriter for the mega publishing company, securing cuts with major label artists and several motion pictures. During his tenure, he was offered several record deals. All of the opportunities started out with the same promise, but always ended with the fear that Jamie was “too country.” Never one to compromise his beliefs, he dismissed their ideas of turning him into another cookie
cutter country act. He found his home in the camaraderie of other Texas/Oklahoma artists, collaborating or performing with artist like Kevin Fowler, Walt Wilkins, and Cooder Graw. Jamie and Kevin Fowler
co-wrote and recorded “Get Loose, Get Loud and Get Crazy”. It’s easy to say that Jamie Richards is one of the best singer/songwriters to hit the Texas music scene. His latest album “Sideways” is a testament to just that. It’s a stripped down, raw storybook of the evolution of a man raised on a small farm to gracing the footlights of some of Texas’ most respected music venues. Jamie has come a long way from kicking up dust out on back country roads; now he’s playing to fans kicking up sawdust in some of Texas’ most prestigious honkytonks and dancehalls. Performing with legends like Charlie Daniels, writing songs for Hal Ketchum, Kevin Fowler, Ken Mellons, and many other great Texas performers. Despite working with some big names, Jamie has forged his own path in the music industry. He has relied on his own songwriting skills to establish himself as one of the top Texas acts. Sometimes, he is perceived as a loner, or a rebel, a man who does things his even greater success with his next album “Drive.” With three top five singles, the album “Drive own way; he still is humble in that fact that his success didn’t come easy. His first two albums, “No Regrets” (2001) and “Between These Lines” (2004) are where Jamie began to hone his skills as a Texas song writer. These albums featured songs like “Last Call,” Don’t Try to Find Me,” and “One Tequila” which struck a chord with listeners and formed the roots of a strong and devoted fan following. All of these singles hit the top ten or better on Texas music charts. But Jamie, not being satisfied with being in that company, was determined to make it, and found” (2007) truly put Jamie on the map. “ Any Way
You Want Me To, “Whiskey Night,” and “Drive,” which reached #1, caused Jamie‘s notoriety to sky rocket with music critics and fans alike. Despite having a total of four albums that produced fourteen singles which almost all reached top ten on the music charts, Jamie hasn’t had the luxury of relying on corporate dollars to spur his popularity. His star is rising from the support of his long time fans, using grassroots efforts to fill venues. Like a Texas wildfire, word of mouth has spread Jamie’s music capturing the hearts of young and old alike. Every show is getting bigger and better, and Jamie has his fans to thank for that. Now, with “Sideways,” (2010) Jamie has continued his journey as a singer/songwriter, evolving in a new direction. The album, while still true to his roots, communicates Jamie and the band’s passion for delivering amazing music, carefully crafted songs, and an overall great album. “I Can Party When I Need To,” has become a honky tonk anthem. While “Easier by Now”, is a haunting tribute to a lost love. Both of
these two top ten singles are fan favorites at his shows. Success hasn’t changed the boy from the farm; it’s just driven him to go further on his own terms. And it seems for the moment, Jamie is happy to “Enjoy the Ride.”

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