How much is Tony Rich worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Date of Birth:||November 19, 1971|
|Country:||United States of America|
“Most artists would be depressed if their project didn’t work because a lack of label support,” Rich says. “But because I had been there before, what I did was channel those frustrations and misunderstandings I had into a new record. Creativity is what brings me sanity.” — Tony Rich in 2008, in an interview with Hidden Beach Recordings.
Who Is The Tony Rich Project
Despite a name that implies The Tony Rich Project is a group, the ‘Project’ actually consists of just one man, a singer-songwriter who goes by the stage name of Tony Rich.
Tony Rich was born Nov. 19, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan. His birth name is Antonio Jeffries.
Tony Rich began his career in the music business as a songwriter and producer for LaFace Records in the early 1990s, after being recommended by the production duo of Tim & Bob. During this time, he penned songs for Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, TLC and Johnny Gill, among others. Eventually, he worked his way up the ladder and was signed to a recording contract by the label’s then-Vice President of A&R; Eddie Farrell. In November 1995, his debut single, “Nobody Knows,” was released; it eventually reached No. 2 on the Billboard top 100 songs chart. Tony’s debut album, Words, came in January 2006 and both the first single and album went platinum in the U.S., selling over a million copies each. Words went on to win a Grammy for Best R&B; Album in 1997.
Although he released a sophomore album called Birdseye, two years after his debut, it failed to generate any hit singles. After four albums with LaFace between 1996 and 2006, Tony Rich parted ways with the label due to what he called “a lack of label support,” and moved over to Hidden Beach Recordings. Thus far, Tony Rich Project hasn’t been able to repeat the commercial and critical success of Tony’s first single and album, but he remains active in the music business while periodically taking breaks from the industry. In 2006, he composed the music and played guitar on A New Understanding of Peace, a spiritual, meditative album featuring his instrumentation and spoken word poetry by vocalist Sheila Evans. In 2008, he resurfaced again with the Hidden Beach imprint and to date has released two albums with the label: 2008’s Exist, and Speak Me in 2013.
Tony is singer, musician and music producer. Among the instruments he plays: the guitar, keyboards and mandolin. He is also a painter, photographer and writer. Prior to the release of his 2008 album, Exist, Tony created a collection short stories and poems that express his philosophies of life, love, spirituality and other topics. He used the book to influence the making of Exist, and vice versa.
Tony has also dabbled in acting: he portrayed band leader Duke Ellington in the 1997 film Hoodlum, a period piece starring Laurence Fishburne as 1930s mob boss Bumpy Johnson.
Tony Rich has a voice so heavenly that you can almost picture him singing while sitting on a cloud and strumming a harp. And on his latest album, Exist, released in the U.S. on Sept. 23, 2008, Tony continues a tradition that he began back in 1995 with his debut single, “Nobody Knows:” a tradition of releasing tender, romantic songs that are both soft and strong at the same time. On songs like “Part the Waves” and “It Would Be a Sin,” Tony reminds us that there’s a distinct difference between sexy and romantic, something that too many modern R&B; singers have either forgotten or never knew.
Floating on Air
Some singers get romantic confused with sexual in their lyrics, but not Tony Rich. Almost any singer can be sexual in their songs, but being genuinely romantic is a different story altogether. And on his fifth album (not including a 2005 greatest hits package) Tony shows us all what romance truly is. Case in point: the aforementioned “It Would Be A Sin,” on which he sings about how much a man needs his woman: “I’m your king my love until the end of time, I’ll protect you … I’m so glad that you’re here, what would this world be without you? Without your reign, so much pain,” he sings.
And on “According To You,” Tony praises his woman – not for dressing sexy or having a job or being good in bed – but for loving him and his eccentricities unconditionally: “I’ve heard friends say they love The Kid, then criticize my crazy ways/You accept me for who I am, and you love everything I say,” he sings. “I am a gem, but not to them, only to you.”
But just because Tony is sophisticatedly romantic, that doesn’t mean that he can’t be sexy in his music as well. On the overtly sexual “Sugar Hill,” he sings about a romantic encounter: “All of a sudden, we were so close, magical kiss, it was surreal, sweetest taste, like a sugar hill.” Overall, Exist is just as much about the idea of being in love as it is about love itself. Tony Rich comes across as a hopeless romantic, the old-fashioned kind who would lay his jacket over a puddle so that his lady could walk over it. Tony’s voice is indeed angelic, but on a few songs, his head’s so far up in the clouds that the songs get a little lost.