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Rick Allan Price (born 6 July 1961) is an Australian rock and 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. He was worked with numerous artists, as a vocalist, producer and songwriter, including Tina Arena, Mitch Grainger, 1990s dance group Girlfriend and Jack Jones,[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Music career

2.1 1991–92: Heaven Knows 2.2 1993–1994: Touring and recognition 2.3 1995–1996: Tamborine Mountain 2.4 1997–2003: Another Place and A Million Miles 2.5 2004–2011: 2UP and Revisited and " John Denver
John Denver
" tour 2.6 2012–present: The Waters Edge, Tennessee Sky
Tennessee Sky
and California Dreaming

3 Discography

3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Compilation albums 3.3 Singles 3.4 Other singles

4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Rick Allan Price was born on 6 July 1961 in Beaudesert, a small country town 69 kilometres (43 mi) south of 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.[2] Price has cited Stevie Wonder, James Taylor
James Taylor
and Carole King as his inspirations.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2][4] He joined the Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel
Band during 1988.[2][5] In 1988 he sang "Celebration of a Nation", with Keren Minshull (later a member of Euphoria), the theme song for the Australian Bicentenary.[2] 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."[6] 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.[7] These opportunities helped lay the foundation for his solo career.[4] 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] Main article: Heaven Knows ( Rick Price album) In 1991 Price signed a deal with ColumbiaRecords and he travelled to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to work with producer, Chris Lord-Alge (Bruce Springsteen, Roxette, Elton John).[2] 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.[8] 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.[9] In June 1992 his second single, "Heaven Knows", was released.[9] Price co-wrote that track with Heather Field.[10] It reached No. 6.[9] The song helped launch his international career. In May of that year he joined the Wizard of Oz show-case in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
where he performed alongside Tina Arena
Tina Arena
and other Australian artists. In July, Price released 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.[9] 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."[2] It had also been produced by Lord-Alge.[5] 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."[6] 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.[2][5] In August Heaven Knows was released in Europe and Asia, it reached the top 100 on the German Albums Chart in the following February.[11] In September Price embarked on his first solo tour of Australia.[6] 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.[2][5] 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.[12] 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
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
Sentosa
Music Festival in Singapore
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
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] Main article: Tamborine Mountain (album) 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
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
Special
guests on the album include Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel
on guitar and Tina Arena
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
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] Main article: Another Place ( Rick Price album) 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
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 "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. 2004–2011: 2UP and Revisited and " John Denver
John Denver
" tour[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
Mitch Grainger
called 2UP, featuring acoustic-style covers of such artists as Chris Isaac, and was featured in the soundtrack to film December Boys. 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. In 2009, after having relocated to Nashville, Price toured the US with Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, before returning to Australia and touring in a legacy show to singer-songwriter John Denver, with "The John Denver
John Denver
Story". 2012–present: The Waters Edge, Tennessee Sky
Tennessee Sky
and California Dreaming[edit] Main articles: The Water's Edge
The Water's Edge
and Tennessee Sky Main article: California Dreaming ( Rick Price and Jack Jones album) Price relocated to Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
in 2009 and toured the US with guitarist Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel
An album titled The Water's Edge
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
Joni Mitchell
hit "River". In April 2015, the album Tennessee Sky was released exclusively though the PledgeMusic
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.[13] Tennessee Sky
Tennessee Sky
features an acoustic reworking of the Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
hit Hallelujah. The album peaked at number 97 in Australia and number 19 on the Australian indie chart.[14] Price toured the album throughout Victoria Australia in July 2015[15] The accompanying tour "Can I Get A Witness", was launched on the back of the Tennessee Sky
Tennessee Sky
album release with dates throughout May and June 2016. Prices new album California Dreaming, a collaboration with Australian singer-songwriter Jack Jones was recorded in Nashville through Sony Music, and pays homage to the 1970s "Californian Sound" Discography[edit] Studio albums[edit]

List of albums

Year Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications

AUS [16] GER [17]

1992 Heaven Knows

Released: July 1992 Label: Columbia Records Format: CD/ Cassette

3 96

AUS: Platinum[18]

1995 Tamborine Mountain

Released: July 1995 Label: Columbia Records Format: CD, Cassette

11 —

1999 Another Place

Released: July 1999 Label: Epic Records Format: CD, Cassette

86 —

2003 A Million Miles

Released: 2003 Label: Format: CD, Cassette

— —

2007 2 Up (with Mitch Grainger)

Released: 2007 Label: Clarise Records Format: CD, digital download

— —

2008 Revisited

Released: July 2008 Label: Clarise Records Format: CD, digital download

— —

2011 The Water's Edge

Released: 18 September 2011 Label: Clarise Records Format: CD, digital download

— —

2015 Tennessee Sky

Released: 25 April 2015 Label: Clarise Records Format: CD, digital download

97 —

2017 California Dreaming (with Jack Jones)

Released: 29 September 2017[19] Label: Sony Music Australia Format: CD, digital download

7 [20] —

"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of Compilation albums

Title Album details

Songs from the Heart

Released: 1996 Label: Columbia Records Format: CD/Cassette

The Best of Rick Price

Released: 2004 Label: Sony BMG Format: CD/Cassette

The Essential Rick Price

Released: 5 November 2010 Label: Sony BMG
Sony BMG
Australia Format: CD/Download

Singles[edit]

List of singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Certification Album

AUS [16] GER [17]

1990 "Living without Your Love" — —

non-album single

1992 "Not a Day Goes by" 5 73 AUS: Gold[21] Heaven Knows

"Heaven Knows" 6 — AUS: Gold[21]

"What's Wrong with That Girl" 45 —

"Walk Away Renée" 21 52

1993 "A House Divided" 74 —

Where is the Love" ( Rick Price & Margaret Urlich) 31 —

non-album single

1995 "River of Love" 18 —

Tamborine Mountain

"Bridge Building Man" 72 —

1996 "To Be with You" 68 —

"You're Never Alone " 64 —

1999 "Where in the World" — —

Another Place

"Good As Gone" — —

2011 "Shape of My Heart" — —

The Water's Edge

2012 "I'm Coming Home" — —

2015 "Work That Fire" — —

Tennessee Sky

2016 "You're Not Alone"[22] — —

2017 "California Dreamin'" (with Jack Jones) — —

California Dreamin'

"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Other singles[edit]

List of singles as featured artist

Year Title Peak chart positions

AUS [16]

1988 "You're Not Alone" (as Australian Olympians) 18

Awards[edit]

Year Award[23] Work Result

1992 APRA Song of the Year [24] "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

References[edit]

^ "Australian star Rick Price is set to mark the 25th anniversary of hit songs and one secret smash". The Herald Sun.  ^ a b c d e f g h i McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Rick Price'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 19 April 2004.  ^ Foster, Michael (26 September 1983). "Mostly Jazz: Fennell Back". The Canberra Times. 58 (17,529). p. 12. Retrieved 17 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ a b Swift, Brendan. " Rick Price Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2016.  ^ a b c d Australian Rock Database
Australian Rock Database
entries:

Rick Price: Holmgren, Magnus. "Rick Price". hem.passagen.se. Australian Rock Database
Australian Rock Database
(Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2016.  Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel
Band (1988): Holmgren, Magnus; Carruthers, Melody. "Tommy Emmanuel". hem.passagen.se. Australian Rock Database
Australian Rock Database
(Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 

^ a b c Leedham, Nicole (10 December 1992). "The new Price is right". The Canberra Times. 67, (21,060). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. p. 21. Retrieved 18 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia.  ^ Hung, Steffen. "Australian Olympians – 'You're not Alone'". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ "ACE Repertory – Title: 'Not a Day Goes Past' Performer: Rick Price". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP). Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "Discography Rick Price [AU]". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ "ACE Repertory – Title: 'Heaven Knows' Performer: Rick Price". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP). Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ " Rick Price [AU] Heaven Knows" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ "1992 APRA Music Award Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 1992. Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ "You're Never Too Old to Rock'nRoll - Welcome to Rock Club 40!". Rockclub40.com. Retrieved 2016-11-07.  ^ "Independent Label album chart; 4 May 2015". Retrieved 28 March 2016.  ^ " Rick Price To Tour Victoria". Noise11.com. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2016.  ^ a b c Australian chart peaks:

"You're Not Alone" (Kent Music Report) peak: "Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart – Week Ending 22nd May, 1988". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 7 July 2017.  N.B. "You're Not Alone" peaked before commencement of the ARIA-produced chart on 26 June 1988. Top 50 (ARIA) peaks: "australian-charts > Rick Price in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  Top 100 (ARIA) peaks to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.  "Bridge Building Man" (ARIA) peak: "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 22 Oct 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 7 July 2017.  N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached. "To Be with You" (ARIA) peak: "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 11 Feb 1996". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 21 July 2017.  Another Place (ARIA) peak: "The ARIA Report Issue #1314" (PDF). Pandora Archive (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 28 March 2016.  Tennessee Sky
Tennessee Sky
(ARIA) peak: "The ARIA Report Issue #1315" (PDF). Pandora Archive (original document published by ARIA). p. 7. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 

^ a b German chart peaks:

Heaven Knows (album): " Rick Price – Heaven Knows (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  "Not a Day Goes By": " Rick Price – Not a Day Goes By (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  "Walk Away Renée": " Rick Price Walk Away Renee
Walk Away Renee
(single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 

^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.  ^ "California Dreaming by RICK PRICE & JACK JONES". JBHiFi. Retrieved 25 August 2017.  ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.  ^ a b "ARIA Annual Charts 1992". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 28 March 2016.  ^ "You're Not Alone". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 12 March 2017.  ^ "History: Winners by Artist: Rick Price". ARIA Awards. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 February 2011.  ^ "Voting Opens For APRA Song of the Year". Noise11.com. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website Sony BMG
Sony BMG
listing

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Rick Price

Studio albums

Heaven Knows Tamborine Mountain Another Place The Water's Edge Tennessee Sky California Dreaming

Compilation albums

Songs from the Heart The Essential Rick Price

Singles

"Living Without Your Love" "Not a Day Goes By" "Heaven Knows" "What's Wrong With That Girl" "A House Divided" "Walk Away Renée" "Where Is the Love" "River Of Love"

Other songs

"You're Not Alone (Australian Olympians song)" "Tenterfield Saddler"

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 166739637 MusicBrainz: c7f7d5ea-f80d-4274-b015-

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