Rising star Richard performing at barn dance

Todd Richard is a refreshing, distinct new artist on the country music scene.

Todd Richard is a refreshing, distinct new artist on the country music scene.

Born in Hamilton and raised in B.C., Todd’s ‘rich vocals’ and ‘unique look’ has fans everywhere taking notice — and they’re lovin’ what they see and hear!

In 2008 music lovers and the music industry began to take notice when Todd appeared on numerous episodes of CMT Canada’s Karaoke Star. There he impressed both the judges and the fans, making it to the finals in Toronto.

Although he didn’t win, the exposure Todd received on national television led to other significant opportunities of which he’s reaping the benefits of today.

One of those opportunities was performing at the CCMA Kick Off party in Vancouver, where he met highly decorated singer/songwriter Rick Tippe. Taking Rick up on his invitation to write, the two songsmiths penned a dozen songs over the next year, seven of which appear on Todd’s debut CD Journey On!

The album was produced in Nashville by award-winning producer Bart McKay and features a star-studded cast of Music City’s top session players. The recording took place at the revered Ocean Way Studios which is home to an impressive list of multi-platinum selling albums by artists such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Cheryl Crow and Avril Lavigne.

Journey On is on the leading edge of today’s country sound and features an wide array of songs that make one want to laugh — Zero to Hero, rock – One Wild Ride, dance – Stand Up, think – Life is about People and cry with Todd’s tribute song to cancer survivors — Journey On!

Richard is a man of character who has faced many serious challenges in his life. Never one to shy away from an honest day’s work or afraid to lend a helping hand, it’s safe to say that Todd Richard has earned this moment.

Todd Richard is the attraction at a Norwood Barn Dance at 6384 Tsolum River Rd. in Courtenay this Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at South Country Feed, Tack-M-up Stables in Courtenay or Shar-Kare Feeds.

Proceeds go to the Beaufort Association. Free camping is available, as is a shuttle bus back to town. Out-of-town people may reserve tickets by phoning 250-703-3758.

— Norwood Equestrian Centre


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