Gary’s first introduction to music was at a local swimming pool in Odessa, Texas. “They tuned the radio to a rock ‘n’ roll station and I heard songs by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis and other greats. I knew then that I wanted to play music for the rest of my life.”
This influence inspired Gary to work on learning music, with two years of college, majoring in composition and music theory under the direction of Ethelston Chapman and Madame Boulanger.
In the late 1960’s Gary moved to LA and was brought in as staff writer for Charles Green and had the opportunity to work with such names as Dr. John, Jessie Hill and Dave Dixon. 1971 brought an opportunity in the likes of the legendary torch singer Keely Smith recording one of Gary’s compositions, ‘Over and Over’. (a song that was actually on his first album ‘American Standard’)
The focus for Gary then became songwriting and developing a catalogue of material. The mid-1970’s, Gary ventured to move to Montreal, Quebec and joined legendary Canadian country singer, Don Graham, who contracted him to record at the famous Andre Perry Studios. The bond formed with Canada was one that stands to this day.
Years of performing in various bands, did not deter Gary from continuing his real love, songwriting, and his new venture will be leading him to record a current album, set for pre-production in early September 2016. The recording will once again bring Gary back to Canada, where he will be working with industry icons for this new product. “I’m happy to announce I will once again be returning to Canada, and have signed a deal to be represented by Entertainment Music Group and distributed internationally on Believe Digital. I will once again be working with my long time friends, Sandy and Don Graham and the EMG team. Exciting
As the working title of the new CD says, ‘After All These Years’ Gary Richardson is still going strong and is about to embark on yet another road trip in the winding path of his musical career.
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