John Rich to Release Solo Project on Warner Bros. Records
Posted on Jan 24th by Gardens admin in ,
NASHVILLE – Jan. 24, 2008 – It was announced today that John Rich will release a solo project on Warner Bros. Records. Rich’s solo album will be released in 2008.
“If anyone knows me, they know I’m always writing music,” said Rich. “When we decided to take this year off so Kenny could focus on rehabilitation for a pre-existing injury, I asked Kenny if he was cool with me recording a solo project. I would only do this with Kenny’s blessing. So, this year you can expect a solo record from me, but Big & Rich will be back in 2009!”
John Rich scored his first number one record with the song “Come Cryin’ To Me.” Since then, he has made a name for himself as an artist in his own right, a producer, an award winning songwriter, and soon to be TV star for the new CMT reality series, “Gone Country.” He has sold over five million albums as part of the Multi-Platinum duo Big & Rich and garnered multiple Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and Grammy Award nominations.
This Texas native has also been honing his songwriting skills for years. Rich’s writing credits include Academy of Country Music Award winning single of the year, “Redneck Woman,” along with Gretchen Wilson’s other two hits, “When I Think About Cheatin’” and “Here For The Party,” Faith Hill’s smash single “Mississippi Girl,” and Jason Aldean’s single “Hicktown.” In addition, he has written several other cuts for Hill, Martina McBride, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Cowboy Troy, and Shannon Brown. Because of his contributions to the songwriting and music industry community, John was awarded the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He is the only artist to receive the award three years consecutively.
2007 was a milestone year for Rich. In June 2007, John along with Big Kenny as Big & Rich, released their third album, Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace, which went on to spawn the first number one single for the duo, “Lost In This Moment.” One month after Big & Rich’s new album release, John and Big Kenny received the President’s Award For Excellence in the Arts at the Opening Ceremonies of Vietnam Veterans of America’s 13th biennial National Convention in Springfield, Illinois. The award recognized their 2006 single, “8th Of November,” which was inspired by the duo’s close friend, Niles Harris, a Purple Heart veteran and member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. The single, was a Top Ten hit in 2006.
Big & Rich’s current single, “Loud” is currently climbing up the charts.