Rik Emmett

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Rik Emmett
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Rik Emmett plays at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
Photo: Burns! 2002
Background information
Birth nameRichard Gordon Emmett
Born (1953-07-10) July 10, 1953 (age 65)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, synthesizer, piano, bass guitar
Years active1975–present
  • MCA
  • Universal
  • Rockit Sounds
  • Attic
  • Duke Street
  • Fontana North
Associated acts

Richard Gordon "Rik" Emmett (born July 10, 1953) is a vocalist, guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph.


He left Triumph in 1988 to pursue a solo career. His first solo album, Absolutely, was released in 1990 and became a moderate hit across North America thanks to the hits "When a Heart Breaks" and "Saved by Love". He is also a writer for Guitar Player magazine and teaches songwriting and music business at Humber College in Toronto. For a time during the 1980s, Emmett contributed cartoons to Hit Parader magazine satirizing the music industry.

Due to a production error by Gil Moore and Mike Levine on Triumph's first album, Emmett changed the spelling of his first name to "Rik" rather than have the album recalled or cause confusion with fans.

Among his peers, Emmett is considered one of the most proficient and versatile guitarists.[1] Although he is best known as a rock guitarist, his playing style incorporates rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass, and flamenco techniques. Similarly, his songwriting and discography demonstrate his ability to employ and blend multiple genres. In April 2005, he won the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year.[citation needed]

He's also a proficient singer, splitting lead vocal duties of Triumph with Gil Moore. However, most of the songs garnering radio play were Emmett's as he tended to write and sing in a more commercial style, while Moore's songwriting and singing were in more of a heavy metal style.[citation needed] Emmett's voice also has a noticeable resemblance to Geddy Lee of the rock band Rush.[citation needed]

In 2007, Emmett joined former Triumph bandmates Gil Moore and Mike Levine for their induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. On Sunday April 6, 2008 at The 2008 JUNO Awards, Triumph was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

As a result of positive audience response to their dual guitar work in live shows, Emmett and guitarist Dave Dunlop formed the duo Strung-Out Troubadours. In 2007, Strung-Out Troubadours won Album of the Year and Group/Duo of the Year at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where they were the most heavily nominated act. Both were also nominated for Best Guitarist.

Emmett's 2018 tour with Dunlop may prove to be his last, citing an interest in retirement, or at least an extended break.[2]


With Triumph

With Strung-Out Troubadours



  • 2016 – RES9


  • 2005 – One Night in Cinci DVD
  • 2005 – Live at 10 Gigs DVD


Year Song CAN
1990 "Big Lie" 47
"When a Heart Breaks" 14
1991 "Saved by Love" 17
"World of Wonder" 22
"The Way That You Love Me" 76
1992 "Bang On" 48
"Dig a Little Deeper" 66
1993 "Heaven in Your Heart" 44
1995 "Let Me be the One" 31

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