- This article is about the Australian
singer/songwriter. For the Move and Electric Light
Orchestra bassist, see Rick
(born July 6
) is an Australian
born in Beaudesert, a small country town near Brisbane, Queensland.
He began playing music at the age of nine
appearing with his family band "Union Beau". "It was kinda weird I
guess. Up there with your Aunties and Uncles, brother and sister
playing country music mixed with psychedelic rock
eighteen Price escaped to Sydney and
continued working as a musician, playing bass with various inner
city outfits and landing the occasional bit of studio and touring
During the mid 80s Rick turned his focus more towards
his singing. His distinctive vocals were soon in demand and in 1988
he was invited to sing "Celebration of a Nation", the theme song
for Australia's Bicentennial
This opportunity helped lay the foundations for his solo
Price began writing his own material in the late 80s "I started
getting into my own writing and my own songs and "Not A Day Goes
By" (with Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel) was pretty much the first
one I came up with". This single released in February 1992 received
saturation radio and video play, climbing to number 5 on the
national charts where it spent 20 weeks in the Australian top 100.
It was the beginning of a lifelong ambition for Price, in the space
of less than 12 months, he went from relative obscurity to become
one of the biggest names in Australian music.
1992-1993: Release of Heaven Knows
In March 1992 the second single Heaven Knows
in Australia. It was another top 10 hit going gold and marking
Price as a singer with a truly remarkable voice. The song would go
on to launch his international career. In May Price was asked to
join the "Wizard of Oz" show-case in Los Angeles where he performed
alongside Tina Arena
amongst many other
of the country's leading artists. In June, his debut album "Heaven
Knows" entered the charts at number 3 and stayed in the top 100 for
most of the remainder of the year.
1992 Heaven Knows was released in Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the
Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Greece, Holland, Israel, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Portugal and Finland; in most of
these countries the album charted.
In September he toured
Australia. The tour was a success with comments like "His voice was
clear and as strong as on the album - in fact the sound was near
perfect" - West Australian and "Rick's performance showed what a
talented performer he is and that his name will be around for a
long time". - Beat
Following the tour was a month long promotional trip to Europe and
the UK which involved over 100 interviews and 20 TV appearances. In
October he was invited back to Europe for further TV appearances
and then a 3 week promotional trip to South East Asia.
In November 1992 Price returned to Australia where he won the
prestigious Song of the Year Award for "Heaven Knows" at the APRA
Performing Rights Association
) Awards. This award recognised
Rick's songwriting abilities.
In December 1992 Price was invited to Germany to perform on their
biggest variety show there. He then made a 36 hour stopover in
Manila where he managed 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 South-East Asia. "It was an exhausting experience" says
Price, "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."
In January and February 1993 Price once again toured Australia to
sell-out venues. In April he was nominated for 3 ARIA Awards and on
the night performed a tribute to Peter
"Tenterfield Saddler". Later in May he was asked to
perform the song on Good Morning
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 South East Asia
which incorporated 7 shows in 9 days. They were all sell outs.
Festival in 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 'Wizards 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
form 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 Australia's
Margaret Urlich was
In December 1993 Price was invited to the 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. The year was topped off when Rick 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 Rick
recorded his second album in Melbourne with a host of Australia's
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
and Carol King
, great songwriters who have the
ability to say something really simple".
Rawer musically then "Heaven Knows", "Tamborine Mountain" is an
exploration of simple things: love, family and relationships.
"At first my songs came in the shape of love songs, but I really
feel like there is another perspective. Not just sadness or
happiness, but exploring lots of different kinds of emotions and
The album was produced by Price and American Ben Wisch, who Price
was drawn to as a result of his production of Marc Cohn
". "I didn't want the whole load of producing it
myself, I wanted a partner to work with and Ben, being a musician
as well, was the perfect choice." Special guests on the album
include Tommy Emmanuel
on guitar and
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 Rick, written for his father and grandfather. The album
title itself is a reference to a small town near Beaudesert
where Rick grew up. "We would go and
play gigs in Tamborine, at the hotel. It was a beautiful place, a
lush rainforest. It seemed an appropriate title for the album
because there are a lot of stories on the album about that area and
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 - 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. In "You're Never Alone" a song Rick wrote for his son
was released in Australia while he travelled the country on further
promotional tours throughout the remainder of the year.
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.
majority of the year Price spent his time in Los Angeles and Nashville writing material for his next album.
the collaborators Price worked with included Steve Werfel and Pam
Reswick - Not A Day Goes By, Chains (Tina
); John Llynd - Simple Life (John
), Crazy For You (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"
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 was released in Australia in
In 2003 Price released another solo album, "A Million Miles",
released on his own label "Clarice". Going back to his musical
roots, he plays every instrument heard on the album.Rick has spent
much of his time writing with, recording and producing for other
artists such as Tamara Stewart], Lisa
and David Franj
In 2004 a Best Of CD and DVD was released, containing all of
Price's bigger hits, as well as notable performances such as
"Tenterfield Saddler" live at the ARIAs
Most recently Price has been writing and recording with Mitch
Grainger, who performs the opening song for the upcoming movie
, "Nobody Knows My Name"
which Price wrote."Revisited", an album of his greatest hits
recorded in an "intimate acoustic style" was released in July
Toured Tasmania with up and coming band Invisible Boy during
- Heaven Knows (US Release) (1992)
- Songs From The Heart (1993)
- If You Were My Baby (Japanese Release) (1993)
- Tamborine Mountain (1995)
- Another Place (1999)
- A Million Miles (2003)
- 2 Up (With Mitch Grainger) (2007)
- Revisited (2008)