Tony Rich

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Tony Rich
Birth name Antonio Jeffries Jr.
Also known as The Tony Rich Project
Born (1971-11-19) November 19, 1971 (age 44)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres R&B, Pop, Rock, Contemporary R&B, Jazz, Fusion, Funk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Piano, Drums
Years active 1993–present
Labels LaFace,
Website [1]

Antonio Jeffries Jr. (born November 19, 1971), better known as Tony Rich and The Tony Rich Project, is a contemporary R&B singer-songwriter best known for his single "Nobody Knows".


Early career[edit]

Rich first attracted attention through the production team of Tim & Bob. The duo convinced Perri "Pebbles" Reid (then the wife of L.A. Reid, co-founder of LaFace Records) to listen to Rich over the phone.[citation needed] Rich was hired as a house songwriter for LaFace Records. As incoming Vice President of A&R, Eddie F then convinced Reid to sign him as an artist. Later, Rich mixed elements of jazz, rock and soul music into his own tracks.

The Tony Rich Project[edit]

In January 1996 Rich released the hit single, "Nobody Knows", which made it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Under the moniker "The Tony Rich Project", he released his debut album Words in early 1996. Both the album and single went platinum and in 1996, Rich won a Grammy Award for the Best R&B Album. The song was covered by country music artist Kevin Sharp in 1996, also as his debut single. The song "Like a Woman" was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

The album was followed up in 1998 by Birdseye, which, while critically praised, failed to generate much commercial success. Rich seemingly disappeared from the music world for several years after this album's release. That same year, he also commissioned a few remixes for the Spice Girls hit single "Viva Forever".

In 2003, Rich returned with the album The Resurrected. Carrying a very different style, the album featured Rich rocking out on the guitar, as well as singing smooth ballads.

By 2006, Rich released a fourth album, Pictures. The album contains snapshots of a relationship, and is a return in style to his earlier works.

In 2008, he released his fifth album, Exist, through Hidden Beach Recordings. Originally it was set for release on September 16, however it was pushed back to September 23, 2008. The album features the download-only single, "Part the Waves".


Rich portrayed the legendary Edward Duke Ellington in the 1997 crime drama Hoodlum.[2]



Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)

1996 Words
  • Released: January 16, 1996
  • Label: LaFace
31 18 27
  • US: Platinum
1998 Birdseye
  • Released: August 8, 1998
  • Label: LaFace
2003 Resurrected
  • Released: July 15, 2003
  • Label: Rich Projects / Compendia
2005 Nobody Knows: The Best Of
  • Released: April 26, 2005
  • Label: Sony BMG
2006 Pictures
  • Released: May 2, 2006
  • Label: Rich Media / I.M.
2008 Exist 31

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • 2006: A New Understanding of Peace (with Sheila Evans)


Year Single Peak chart
US US AC US R&B US Main T40 US Adult Top 40 US Rhythmic
1996 "Nobody Knows" 2 2 11 2 7 1
"Like a Woman" 41 30 42 28 24
1997 "Leavin'" 88 53
1998 "Silly Man"
2008 "Part the Waves"
2013 "Fade Away"
"Breaking Glass"


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, p. 844. Random House, Inc.
  2. ^ Willis, John, ed. (1999). Screen World 1998 Film Annual, p. 97. Hal Leonard Corporation.
  3. ^ a b "US Albums Charts > Tony Rich". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > Tony Rich Project". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 

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