Richard Souther

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Richard Douglas Trowbridge Souther is an American keyboardist who played on several albums of contemporary Christian and chant-based music. He also placed an album in the Top 10 of Billboard's New Age Albums chart.

In the mid to late 1970s, Souther was a member of A Band Called David, which supplied backing music for the vocal group the 2nd Chapter of Acts. As part of that group, Souther played on all three of 2nd Chapter's albums. During this same period, he also appeared on several religious-themed records by Barry McGuire, Phil Keaggy, Annie Herring and Jamie Owens-Collins.[1]

In the mid 1980s, Souther recorded four albums for the newly established Meadowlark Records. Two of these—Heirborne (MLR 7004, 1985) and Innermission (MLR 7012, 1986)—were released under his own name. The other two—Songs Unspoken (MLR 7007, 1985) and Second Story (MLR 7016, 1987)—were released under the name Douglas Trowbridge (Souther's actual middle names).

After recording with Meadowlark, Souther signed with Narada Equinox. He released two albums while with Narada—Cross Currents (N-63007, 1989) and Twelve Tribes (CD-3015, 1990). Cross Currents reached No. 9 on Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart.[2]

In 1991, Souther served as producer and arranger on Twila Paris's Sanctuary album (Star Song, SSD 8207, 1991), which won a 1992 Dove Award for the best Praise and Worship Album of the Year.[3] In 1994, he provided the instrumental backing for an album of chants, Vision: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen (Angel Records, 55246, 1994), which reached the top of Billboard's Classical Crossover chart.[4] Souther released a similar album in 1997, Illumination (Hildegard von Bingen: The Fire of the Spirit) (Sony Classical, SK 62853, 1997), which reached No. 14 on the Classical Crossover chart.[5]

Since 2002, Souther has released various albums on the NortherSouth Music label, none of which have appeared on any Billboard chart. Some of the releases have been credited to Under the Radar, a pseudonym of Souther's.[6]


  1. ^ Discogs listing of appearances by Richard Souther
  2. ^ "Richard Souther - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners". Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ Billboard, April 8, 1995, page 50, available here. Note that Billboard does not credit the album to Souther, listing it instead as the work of the two primary vocalists, Germaine Fritz and Emily van Evera.
  5. ^ Billboard, May 3, 1997, page 35, available here.
  6. ^ At Souther's web site, see under the site's "Music" tab.

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