Rick Guard

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Rick Guard
Origin Chorley, Lancashire, England
Genres Jazz
Years active 2002-present
Labels Roots Music Group
Website rickguard.net

Rick Guard is an English contemporary jazz singer and songwriter. He performs as a solo vocalist or with other live musicians from two piece up to an 18-piece bigband. Guard made his debut with Decca Records, progressing to Roots Music Group and is one half of a successful songwriting partnership with Phil Rice. The pair are signed to Roots/Universal Publishing.

Career[edit]

Guard's first single gained top twenty positions in eleven countries (in most of which he toured) and was in the top ten downloaded ringtones of that year. Amongst Guard and Rice's writing credits are hits for opera star Russell Watson, Canadian star Ashley Macissac, and opera sensation, Jon Christos. Guard and Rice (Guard sang) wrote the title soundtrack to the movie 'The Truth About Love' starring Dougray Scott, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jimi Mistry. The pair have also written popular theme music for English, Australian and Polish TV shows. They also have a song included on a best-selling Sony PlayStation game.[1][2][3]

Appearances[edit]

Guard's gigging career so far includes performances in England for Elizabeth II, The Princess Royal, OK Magazine, Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC, the V2 summer festival, Children In Need with the BBC Orchestra, The Royal Festival Hall, Sky One TV, Granada TV, The Box video channel, MTV, Radio 2, Cardiff Red Dragon festival, Feel the Noise Festival Liverpool and other live public, corporate and private events and Manchester 235. Guard has received radio play on the majority of the independent, BBC and national radio stations, and particularly extensive airplay in Europe. Guard received the prestigious Belgian Zommerhit award. At the end of 2003, Guard's first single 'Stop it I Like It" was in the top 75 of highest radio played records in the world chart. Guard has also gigged live events and TV in South Africa, France, Austria, Belgium, Poland, Egypt, Spain, Holland and Ireland working with artists such as Ronan Keating, Russell Watson, and Lionel Richie. He has played to TV audiences of 4 million and stadiums of up to 65,000 people.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2002 - Hands of a Giant

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(Vl)

[5]
FIN
[5]
FRA
[5]
SPA
[5]
2002 "Stop It (I Like It!)" 14 18 38 5 Hands of a Giant
"Show Me Yours"
2004 "Don't Want To Go To Work Today"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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