All These Roads
Rich Price is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter. His songs have been featured in film, television and AAA playlists all over the country. He has also scored two independent films and frequently writes original songs for film projects. Born in Nigeria to an English mother and an American father, Price lived in the Ivory Coast, Taiwan, Hong Kong and London before his family settled in the San Francisco Bay area when he was a teenager. Though he has always loved music, banging out tunes on the family piano in his youth, it remained a hobby until graduate school at Oxford University. 'I thought I would become a high school history teacher,' he recalls. Instead, after returning from England, Price sent his demos to his old roommate from college, PETE FRANCIS of the hugely successful independent band DISPATCH. Francis urged Price to make a record of his own, and Price soon found his teaching plans permanently derailed. 'We went into this Rhode Island studio with a thought that we would make a three-song demo,' Price says now. 'We wound up recording eleven songs that day. Instead of having a demo, I had a record. Then I thought, Well, maybe I'll just tour a little and see what happens." The would-be demo tracks Price recorded that day in Rhode Island form the heart of Night Opens, the ten-song debut he released himself in 2001 produced by Francis and Dispatch producer JACK GAUTHIER. Price took to the road to promote the album, putting 40,000 miles on his van within six months. A copy of Night Opens found it's way to Jenn Littleton (A&R at Geffen Records) in 2003, and Price recorded Miles From Anywhere for the label with producer Andy Zulla and Gauthier that winter. One of the album's tracks, I'm On My Way, was featured on the platinum selling SHREK 2 SOUNDTRACK. It is here that Prices journey hit the same fork in the road that so many artists face. Geffen pulled Miles From Anywhere from their schedule just weeks before release. Happily, Geffen let Rich take the record with him, and San Francisco radio station KFOG sponsored a special pre-release edition and put the band on their Local Artist compilation. "KFOG has continued to support the record, and other AAA stations take note of what KFOG is playing." He has just finished work on his new record, All These Roads, in collaboration with Andy Zulla. 'I'm excited for people to hear these new songs. After I left Geffen, I found myself with a great deal of uncertainty but also an enormous amount of freedom. Life at a major label is filled with compromises, however hard you fight that. And when I left, I had all these songs and was writing all the time. Andy encouraged me to set up a studio in my house and start recording as much as I could. I'd send him the tracks, he'd add some stuff, tweak it, then send them back with feedback and pretty soon we had the record we'd been wanting to make for a while."