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John Rich

Background information
Born January 7, 1974 (1974-01-07) (age 36)
Origin Amarillo, Texas, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Instruments Vocals
Bass guitar
Rhythm guitar
Years active 1992-present
Labels BNA (in Lonestar and solo)
Warner Bros. Nashville (in Big & Rich)
Associated acts Big & Rich

John Rich (born January 7, 1974 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American country music artist. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music band Lonestar, in which he played bass guitar and alternated with Richie McDonald as lead vocalist. After being fired from the band Lonestar in 1998, Rich embarked on a solo career on BNA Records in the late 1990s, releasing two singles for the label and recording Underneath the Same Moon, which was not released until 2006. By 2003, he joined Big Kenny to form the duo Big & Rich, who released three albums on Warner Bros. Records as well as ten singles, including the Number One "Lost in This Moment". After Big & Rich went on hiatus in 2007, Rich began work on a second solo album, Son of a Preacher Man, which has produced two more chart singles. In addition to his work in Big & Rich, John has co-written singles for multiple artists, including Keith Anderson, Cowboy Troy and Gretchen Wilson, as well as producing records for several other artists.


Personal Life

Rich and wife Joan, married in December 2008. They welcomed their first child, a boy, in January 2010, they named him Cash.

Before Big & Rich

John Rich graduated in Dickson County, Tennessee and after graduation moved to Nashville where he worked at Opryland USA singing. He wanted to be a professional team roper though. Not long after he met up with the group Texasee, which eventually changed its name to Lonestar. While in Lonestar, Rich was the bass guitarist and, on some occasions, the lead singer (one of the band's singles, "Heartbroke Every Day," featured his lead vocals). Rich also co-wrote two of the band's singles: "Come Cryin' to Me" and "Say When", the former being a number-one single for the group. In January 1998, Rich was fired from Lonestar.[1] Afterward, Rich became a solo artist with BNA Records, the same label to which Lonestar was signed. He charted two singles for the label, and recorded an album which did not see release until 2006.

In Big & Rich

Rich joined Big Kenny in 2003 to form the duo Big & Rich. The duo recorded three studio albums for Warner Bros. Records: Horse of a Different Color, Comin' to Your City and Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, in 2004, 2005 and 2007 respectively. These albums accounted for ten singles on the country charts, including the Number One "Lost in This Moment". Rich also co-wrote all of the duo's singles, primarily with Big Kenny. In the wake of Big & Rich's success, his 1999 solo album Underneath the Same Moon was issued via BNA, coinciding with the release of Big Kenny's previously-unreleased solo album Live a Little.

Work for other artists

During Big & Rich's success, Rich also worked as a songwriter and producer for other artists. His work included production for Gretchen Wilson, Keith Anderson, Jewel and John Anderson. In the same time span, he co-wrote multiple singles for other artists, including the Number One hits "Redneck Woman" for Gretchen Wilson, "Mississippi Girl" for Faith Hill and "Why" for Jason Aldean.

Son of a Preacher Man

In January 2009, Rich released his third solo single on Warner Bros. Records. The song, "Another You", is the lead-off single to Rich's second studio album, Son of a Preacher Man, which was released on March 24, 2009. He followed this song up with another single, "Shuttin' Detroit Down", recorded only one week before its release in January 2009. Rich promoted the song, which addresses the Chrysler and General Motors bailouts, at Michigan radio stations.[2] The song debuted at #34 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the chart week of February 14, 2009, becoming his first solo Top 40 hit and peaking at #12 in April. A third single, "The Good Lord and the Man", debuted at #59 on the country chart and peaked at #56 in July 2009.

Television work

John Rich performing his song "Raisin' McCain" at a John McCain campaign rally in O'Fallon, Missouri

In 2007, Rich hosted the first season of a reality show on Country Music Television called Gone Country, which featured celebrities such as Brady Bunch actress Maureen McCormick, singers Bobby Brown, Sisqo, Julio Iglesias Jr., Dee Snider, Carnie Wilson and American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo as they try to become songwriters with the help of Nashville songwriters as the celebrities are paired together with the songwriters. The show was filmed at the former home of Barbara Mandrell. He has hosted two more seasons since then.

Rich also served as a judge on the 2008 version of Nashville Star on NBC along with Jewel, singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele, and host Billy Ray Cyrus.

Political work

Rich originally supported Fred Thompson[3], in the 2008 presidential race. He later released a campaign song on his website in support of presidential candidate John McCain in August 2008 called "Raisin' McCain".[4] He performed in the closing ceremony of the Republican National Convention on September 3, 2008. He endorsed the Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the special congressional election in Northern New York in 2009.[5]



Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
2006 Underneath the Same Moon
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Label: BNA
2009 Son of a Preacher Man 3 16 13
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN
1999 "I Pray for You" 53 63 Underneath the Same Moon
2000 "Forever Loving You" 46 single only
2009 "Another You" 45 Son of a Preacher Man
"Shuttin' Detroit Down" 12 75 18 95
"The Good Lord and the Man" 56
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles

Year Single Artist US Country Album
2007 "Come to Bed" Gretchen Wilson 32 One of the Boys

Music videos

Year Title Director
1999 "I Pray for You" Shaun Silva
2007 "Come to Bed" (with Gretchen Wilson) Deaton-Flanigen, Marc Oswald
2009 "Another You" Deaton-Flanigen
"Shuttin' Detroit Down"



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