6 July 1961 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Genres||Pop rock, rock, country, folk rock, R&B, gospel, Celtic, acapella|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, drums, keyboards, harmonica, ukulele.|
|Associated acts||Union Beau, Margaret Urlich, Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, Irwin Thomas (Jack Jones), Yothu Yindi, The Robertson Brothers|
|Harmonica, drums, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, ukulele|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Price was born in Beaudesert, a small country town near Brisbane, Queensland. He began playing music at the age of nine appearing with his family band Union Beau, performing at local bushdances. Citing such artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Carole King as inspiration At age 18, Price escaped to Sydney and continued working as a musician, playing bass with various inner city outfits and landing the occasional studio and touring work. During the mid-80s Rick turned his focus more towards his singing. His distinctive vocals were soon in demand and in 1988 he was invited to sing "Celebration of a Nation", with Keren Minshull, the theme song for Australia's Bicentennial. This opportunity helped lay the foundations for his solo career.
Price began writing his own material in the late 80s, and released his debut single "Not a Day Goes By" in February 1992. The song received saturation radio and video play, climbing to number 5 on the national charts where it spent 20 weeks in the Australian Top 40. It was the beginning of a lifelong ambition for Price, and in the space of less than 12 months, he went from relative obscurity to become one of the biggest names in Australian music.
1992: Heaven Knows
In March 1992, his second single "Heaven Knows" was released in Australia. It was another Top 10 hit that went gold. The song would go on to launch his international career. In May of that year, Price was asked to join the Wizard of Oz show-case in Los Angeles where he performed alongside Tina Arena amongst many other of the country's leading artists. In June, his debut album Heaven Knows entered the charts at number 3 and stayed in the ARIA Top 40 chart for most of the remainder of the year.
In August 1992, Heaven Knows was released though out much of Europe in Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and Portugal and in Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines, in most of these countries the album charted. In September he embarked on a successful tour of Australia.
Following the tour was a month-long promotional trip to Europe and the UK which involved over 100 interviews and 20 TV appearances. In October he was invited back to Europe for further TV appearances and then a 3-week promotional trip to Southeast Asia.
In November 1992, Price returned to Australia where he won the prestigious Song of the Year Award for "Heaven Knows" at the APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association) Awards. This award recognised Rick's songwriting abilities.
In December 1992, Price was invited to Germany to perform on their biggest variety show there. He then made a 36-hour stopover in Manila where he made six TV appearances, two radio interviews and a handful of press.
"Heaven Knows" held the top spot in Malaysia for four consecutive weeks while "Not A Day Goes By" sat just behind it in the Top 5. In the Philippines, "Heaven Knows" sat at number 1 for all of November and December. During this time the album sold over 250,000 units alone in Southeast Asia. Price went on to say, "It was an exhausting experience, but it was stimulating at the same time. It was all new to me, going to places I'd never been and doing stuff I'd never done, so I certainly didn't get tired of it.
1993–1994: Touring and recognition
In January and February 1993, Price once again toured Australia to sold-out venues. In April, he was nominated for 3 ARIA Awards and on the night performed a tribute to Peter Allen with "Tenterfield Saddler". Later in May, he was asked to perform the song on Good Morning America who were in Australia for 2 weeks. The performance was aired to 5 million people. Later that month Heaven Knows was re-released and included the bonus CD Rarities. Rick spent 2 weeks travelling the country and promoting the re-release performing in acoustic mode.
In July 1993, Heaven Knows was released in America and Canada. Back home, Price continued his touring, this time in the Northern Territory and northern Queensland area which he had not previously performed in. The tour was extremely successful, with all shows being theatres and all sold out.
During October 1993, Rick performed more concerts in Southeast Asia which incorporated 7 shows in 9 days. They were all sell outs. The Sentosa Music Festival in Singapore saw Rick perform in front of 15,000 people. Before returning to Australia, Rick visited Korea for a short promotional and concert tour.
Price once again joined the Wizard of Oz show cases in Japan where the album was launched. Whilst in Japan Rick won Song of the Year for "Walk Away Renee" and Album of the Year for Heaven Knows at the Australian Music Awards. On his return from Japan, Rick was awarded with the 1993 Australian Export Award for recognition of his international success.During the month a new single "Where Is the Love", a duet with New Zealander musician Margaret Urlich, was released.
In December 1993, Price was invited to the Singapore Music Awards as a special guest. He picked up Song of the Year for "Heaven Knows", then came back home to Australia for more touring before being invited to perform on the numerous Carols by Candlelight shows around the country and performing White Christmas. The year was topped off when Price was presented with an Advance Australia Foundation award (in recognition of making an outstanding contribution to the growth and enhancement of Australia and its people)
During 1994, Price spent the majority of time writing material for his anticipated follow-up album. From September to December, Price recorded his second album in Melbourne with a host of Australia's leading musicians.
1995–1996: Tamborine Mountain
In April 1995, the long awaited single "River of Love" was released, the first from Price's album Tamborine Mountain, which was later released in July. "It was quite difficult", Price reveals, "because I knew it was going to be a different album to Heaven Knows. I made that album as pop as I could make it, I wanted to be certain of airplay and all those kind of things. After the first album was released, I went out and played a lot of acoustic gigs. My audience tripled and people really liked it, which surprised me because I thought it would be a bit too internal, a bit too self conscious. But it worked, which gave me a lot of encouragement and the confidence to write more like that, just simple little stories. And that's the kind of music I've always been drawn to - people like James Taylor and Carole King, great songwriters who have the ability to say something really simple".
The album was produced by Price and American Ben Wisch, who Price was drawn to as a result of his production of Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis". Special guests on the album include Tommy Emmanuel on guitar and Tina Arena on backing vocals and the duet "Trust Me This Is Love".
After the success of the first single "River of Love", a second single "Bridge Building Man" was released. The song is a standout track for Price, written for his father and grandfather. The album title itself is a reference to a small town near Beaudesert where Price grew up.
In November and December 1995, following the release of the album, Price then toured with Australia's legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. The tour, Rick Price & Tommy Emmanuel - Together & Alone, was a sell-out. It received rave reviews from critics and the public alike.
In conjunction with the tour, a third single "To Be with You" was released in Australia. Price performed at several Carols by Candlelight shows around the country and continued to tour during early 1996. "You're Never Alone", a song Price wrote for his son, was released in Australia while he travelled the country on further promotional tours throughout the remainder of the year.
1997–2003: Another Place and A Million Miles
In January and February 1997, Price played several shows alongside another accomplished Australian singer/songwriter, Jack Jones. The shows were a huge success with the pair performing their best hits together and alone, proving yet again their abilities as live performers.
Some of the collaborators Price has worked with included Steve Werfel and Pam Reswick on "Not a Day Goes By" (who has written songs such as "Chains" by Tina Arena), Jon Lind (who has written songs such as "A Simple Life" by John Farnham, and "Crazy for You" by Madonna), and Randy Goodrum, a well-respected writer from Nashville. He has also written with Australia's Heather Field who co-wrote "Heaven Knows" and "River of Love", and once again has worked with Phil Buckle who co-wrote "What's Wrong With That Girl" from Rick's Heaven Knows album.
In November and December 1997, Price played a couple of showcases to the public with some of the new material he had been working on. During the later months of 1997 and early 1998, Price recorded his new album in Los Angeles. The album Another Place was released in Australia in 1999, spanning singles including "Where in the World" and "Good As Gone". In 2003, parting with Sony, Price released another solo album, A Million Miles, on his own label Clarice. Described as a garage album and going back to his musical roots, he plays every instrument heard on the album.
2004–2008: Revisited and 2UP
In 2004, a "best of" CD and DVD called The Essential Collection was released, containing all of Price's bigger hits, re-recorded in an acoustic style setting, the album also features notable live performances such as "Tenterfield Saddler" live at the ARIAs. Price later wrote and recorded with Mitch Grainger, who performed the opening song for the 2007 film December Boys, "Nobody Knows My Name", which Price wrote and released on a recording called 2UP, featuring acoustic-style covers of such artists as Chris Isaac. Revisited, an album of his greatest hits recorded in an "intimate acoustic style", was released in July 2008.
2009–present: The Waters Edge and Tennessee Sky
He toured Tasmania with up and coming band Invisible Boy during December 2008, and also toured with Tommy Emmanuel and relocated to Nashville in 2009. In 2011, Price toured Australia, in a tribute to the legacy of John Denver in a tour titled The John Denver Story. An album titled The Waters Edge was released in 2011, featuring the single "Shape of My Heart". It also includes a cover of the Joni Mitchell hit "River". In 2015, the album Tennessee Sky was released exclusively though the PledgeMusic campaign, where fans could have an input into the production of the album, it was preceded by the first single "Work That Fire". The album has been described as an earthy gospel album. Tennessee Sky features an acoustic reworking of the Leonard Cohen hit Hallelujah
- Heaven Knows (1992)
- Heaven Knows (US release, 1992)
- Songs from the Heart (1993)
- If You Were My Baby (Japanese release, 1993)
- Tamborine Mountain (1995)
- Another Place (1999)
- A Million Miles (2003)
- 2 Up (with Mitch Grainger, 2007)
- Revisited (2008)
- The Waters Edge (2011)
- Tennessee Sky (2015)
|1993||Breakthrough Artist – Single||"Not a Day Goes By"||Nominated|
|Best New Talent||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Artist – Album||Heaven Knows||Nominated|
|1994||Best Adult Contemporary Album||"Where Is the Love?"||Nominated|
|1995||Best Male Artist||"River of Love"||Nominated|