Rick Price

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Rick Price
Birth name Rick Allan Price
Born (1961-07-06) 6 July 1961 (age 55)
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
Origin Australasian
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts
Website rickprice.com.au

Rick Allan Price (born 6 July 1961) is an Australian pop music singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. His debut album, Heaven Knows, was released in July 1992, which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It provided two top ten singles, "Not a Day Goes By" (February 1992) and the title track (July). At the APRA Music Awards of 1992 "Heaven Knows" won Song of the Year for Price and his co-writer, Heather Field. His second album, Tamborine Mountain (July 1995), reached No. 11 and contained the single, "River of Love" (April), which peaked at No. 18. Since 2009 he has been a resident of Nashville, Tennessee.

Early life[edit]

Rick Allan Price was born on 6 July 1961 in Beaudesert, a small country town 69 kilometres (43 mi) from Brisbane. At the age of nine he appeared with his family band, Union Beau, performing at local bush dances in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.[1] Price has cited Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Carole King as his inspirations.[1]

At the age of 18 Price moved to Sydney where he worked as a session and touring musician, playing bass guitar with various inner city outfits. In September 1983 he was recorded on David Fennell's album, Harbour Crossing, where he provided bass guitar and backing vocals.[2] During the mid-1980s Price turned more towards his singing. His distinctive vocals were soon in demand, he was a backing vocalist for Marcia Hines, Jon English, Dragon, Kerrie Biddell and Jade Hurley.[1][3] He joined the Tommy Emmanuel Band during 1988.[1][4]

In 1988 he sang "Celebration of a Nation", with Keren Minshull (later a member of Euphoria), the theme song for the Australian Bicentenary.[1] Price later opined "That song made me realise I wanted a recording career of my own. I knew I needed a deal but it was also clear to me that before I did that, I had to write songs I was happy with."[5] He also provided vocals on "You're not Alone" (April 1988) by the Australian Olympians – an ensemble of various local artists – as a theme song for the national Summer Olympics campaign. It reached the top 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[6] These opportunities helped lay the foundation for his solo career.[3] Price began writing his own material in the late 1980s. He was recorded on the single, "Living Without Your Love", in 1990, which was written by Mike Perjanik. It was performed on TV teen soap opera, Home and Away, by a fictitious group, Image, with Price providing lead vocals.

Music career[edit]

1991–92: Heaven Knows[edit]

In 1991 Price signed a deal with Sony Records – he travelled to Los Angeles where he entered the studio with producer, Chris Lord-Alge (Bruce Springsteen, Roxette, Elton John).[1] He issued his debut solo single, "Not a Day Goes By", in February 1992. It was co-written by Price with Pamela Reswick and Steve Werfel.[7] The track was placed on high rotation on radio with the associated music video presented on national TV. It peaked at No. 5 and spent 13 weeks in the Top 40.[8]

In July 1992 his second single, "Heaven Knows", was released.[8] Price co-wrote that track with Heather Field.[9] It reached No. 6.[8] The song helped launch his international career. In May of that year he joined the Wizard of Oz show-case in Los Angeles where he performed alongside Tina Arena and other Australian artists. In July his debut album, Heaven Knows, entered the ARIA Albums Chart at No. 3 and stayed in the Top 40 chart for nine weeks – it returned to the Top 40 in May of the following year.[8]

Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described the album as "a well-crafted blend of radio-friendly Adult Oriented Rock (AOR), pop and soul material" where Price had used "hot US session players who had collectively worked with everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to Steve Winwood and Barbra Streisand."[1] It had also been produced by Lord-Alge.[4] Price explained to Nicole Leedham of The Canberra Times, "I could have made the album earlier but I didn't want to go ahead and sign the wrong deal, that can really destroy an artist's career. I also wanted to make sure that I was absolutely happy with every single track on the record."[5] To promote the album he formed the Rick Price Band with P. J. Becker on backing vocals, Mike Caen on guitar, Mitch Farmer on drums, Shauna Jensen on backing vocals, Peter Northcote on guitar and Victor Rounds on bass guitar.[1][4]

In August Heaven Knows was released in Europe and Asia, it reached the top 100 on the German Albums Chart in the following February.[10] In September Price embarked on his first solo tour of Australia.[5] He followed with a promotional trip to Europe including the United Kingdom. In October he returned to Europe for further TV appearances and then a three-week promotional trip to Southeast Asia. By the end of the year his group's line-up was P.J. Becker, Chris Becker on bass guitar, Phil Gildea on guitar, Robert Parde on keyboards and David Porter on drums.[1][4]

In November 1992 Price returned to Australia where he, and his co-writer Field, won the Song of the Year category for "Heaven Knows" at the APRA Music Awards.[11] In December 1992 Price was invited to Germany to perform on a variety show. 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[edit]

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 Zealand 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

For the majority of the year, Price spent his time in Los Angeles and Nashville writing material for his next album.

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 July 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: 2UP and Revisited[edit]

Price has spent much of his time writing with, and recording and producing for other artists such as Melinda Schneider, Tamara Stewart, Lisa Chappell and David Franj. In 2004, a "best of" CD and DVD was released, containing all of Price's bigger hits. In 2007 Price recorded an album with Mitch Grainger called 2UP, featuring acoustic-style covers of such artists as Chris Isaac. In 2008, Revisited, an album of his greatest hits recorded in an "intimate acoustic style", was released. He toured Tasmania with band "Invisible Boy" at the years conclusion.

2009–present: The Waters Edge and Tennessee Sky[edit]

Price relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2009 and toured the US with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel In 2011, Price returned to Australia to appear in a musical show, in a tribute to the legacy of John Denver in a tour titled The John Denver Story. An album titled The Water's Edge was released in 2011, featuring the single "Shape of My Heart". and "I'm Coming Home" as the second single release in 2012. It also includes a cover of the Joni Mitchell hit "River". In April 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.[12] Tennessee Sky features an acoustic reworking of the Leonard Cohen hit Hallelujah. The album peaked at number 97 in Australia and number 19 on the Australian indie chart.[13] Price toured the album throughout Victoria Australia in July 2015[14] The accompanying tour "Can I Get A Witness", was launched on the back of the Tennessee Sky album release with dates throughout May/June 2016[15]


Studio Albums[edit]



Year Single AUS Peak positions Certifications Album
1990 "Living Without Your Love" Non-album single
1992 "Not a Day Goes By" 5 AUS:Gold[18] Heaven Knows
"Heaven Knows" 6 AUS:Gold[18]
"What's Wrong With That Girl" 45
1993 "Walk Away Renée" 21
Where is the Love"
(Rick Price & Margaret Urlich)
31 Non-album single
1995 "River Of Love" 18 Tamborine Mountain
"Bridge Building Man"
1996 "To Be With You"
"You're Never Alone "
1998 "Where in the World" Another Place
1999 "Good As Gone"
2011 "Shape of My Heart" The Water's Edge
2012 "I'm Coming Home"
2014 "Work That Fire" Tennessee Sky
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Award[19] Work Result
1992 APRA Song of the Year [20] "Heaven Knows" Won
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


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