Richard Page

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Richard Page, born in Keokuk, Iowa on May 16th of 1953 began vocal training and playing piano at the age of six. Around that age his family moved to Montgomery, Alabama. Together with his sister and three brothers he formed the alto, tenor and bass section of his father's church choir. His father is a retired voice teacher and choir director. His late mother was the associate director of a Phoenix' renowned boys choir.

As a kid Richard used to listen to Cream, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. He began writing songs with his cousin John Lang, which they played on the piano in his father's church.

Later on the family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where Richard met Steve George. Richard was soon busy mastering the guitar as well as the keyboards. Around the age of 20 he joined Steve George's band "Andy Hardy" for a while. Later he formed a band called "Joyce", first playing drums, later doing the lead guitar. Due to lack of success Richard decided to go back to L.A in 1975, where he rejoined Steve George. They performed in L.A. clubs and even moved to Las Vegas. When that became too exhaustive Richard decided to study again. He took composition and theater in a school for performing arts in San Diego, where he wrote and scored a three-act ballet. That only lasted about a year.

By the age of 23 he rented a tiny appartment in Studio City, and played in some bands, even a country and western band! Richard called up Steve George again and together they recorded a demo of original music. They sent the tape to various record companies, but none was interested. Until the day they received a phone call from A & R-man Bobby Colomby who offered them to sign a deal with Epic Records. So in 1977 they formed Pages. They released three albums before they disbanded in 1981. Their music was too sophisticated in a time that only disco and heavy rock were popular. Richard and Steve George began songwriting and doing backing vocals for a wide range of artists such as Molly Hatchet, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Amy Grant, Mötley Crüe, Barry Manilow, Twisted Sister, Kenny Loggins, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Sheena Easton, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, Carole Bayer Sager, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne and even sung Village People's tunes together with Tom Kelly and Chicago's Bill Champlin. Richard also did a Budweiser commercial.

In the beginning of 1982 Richard and Steve George agreed to go on tour with Andy Gibb as backing vocalists and keyboard players. There the idea rose to create a new band with a new sound. In between Richard had to deal with a cocaine addiction, but managed to kick drugs soon. After the Andy Gibb tourr, they started auditions and finally formed Mr. Mister with ex-Eddie Money guitarist Steve Farris and ex-Shandi drummer Pat Mastelotto. They released albums in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Their second album "Welcome to the real world" was a mega-seller throughout the whole world and delivered two #1-hits. After the disappointing commercial and tour success of the follow-up "Go on..." Steve Farris left the band. A fourth album was finished by the end of 1989 but was never released due to problems with the record company BMG Music. Mr. Mister disbanded Richard took some time off to enjoy his family, do some surfing and mountain biking.

In 1992 he accepted the offer to make an album with renowned producer Patrick Leonard under the name 3rd Matinee. Despites the artistic quality the album didn't sell well. Richard and Pat Leonard ended their collaboration.

By the end of 1995 Richard received a phone call from Amos Newman, asking to write some songs for the new George Benson album. The Blue Thumb Records representative however liked Richard's songs so much he offered a deal for a solo album, which led to the release of "Shelter me" by the end of 1996.

Up till now there are no plans for a second solo album, and Richard is enjoying his life in Malibu, California. His latest projects were contributions to Disney albums "Music from the Park" and "Winnie the Pooh: The Grand Adventure" with Kathy Lee Gifford.

In the beginning of 1999 Richard once more did backing vocals on a Toto album. He sings on four tracks of 'Mindfields'.

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December of 2008 marks the comeback of Rciahrd Page as a singer. Together with Grammy Award-winning writer/producer Walter Afanasieff (Céline Dion, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and many others) he wrote the Christmas song "I always cry at Christmas". They both felt it was very special and decided to produce and release it themselves.

Richard also finally found his way to the internet and launched his own site on http://richardpagemusic.com. He also created his own YouTube weblog on http://www.youtube.com/user/richardpagemusic and his MySpace-page on http://www.myspace.com/richardpagemusic.

 

Personal Discography

Year Artist Album title Contribution
1968 Charlie McCoy World of Charly McCoy backing vocals
1973 Michael Bacon Bringing it home backing vocals
1976 Horace Silver Silver 'n voices vocals
1977 David Soul Playing to an audience of one backing vocals
1978 Pages Pages vocals - piano - clavinet - lyrics
1979 Hiroshima Hiroshima backing vocals
1979 Kenny Loggins Keep the fire backing vocals
1979 Pages Future street vocals - lyrics
1980 Peter Allen Bi-coastal vocals
1980 Marc Tanner Temptation vocals - backing vocals
1981 Pages Pages vocals - lyrics
1981 Herb Alpert Magic man backing vocals
1981 Carole Bayer Sager Sometimes late at night vocals
1981 Bill Champlin Runaway vocals
1981 Engelbert Humperdinck Don't you love me anymore backing vocals
1981 Al Jarreau Breakin' away backing vocals
1981 Jeff Lorber It's a fact vocals
1981 Paul Henry Band Anytime vocals
1981 REO Speedwagon Hi-infidelity backing vocals
1982 Randy Crawford Windsong backing vocals
1982 Herbie Hancock Lite me up backing vocals
1982 Larry Lee Marooned vocals
1982 Kenny Loggins High adventure backing vocals
1982 Barry Manilow Oh Julie! backing vocals
1982 Juice Newton Quiet lies vocals
1982 REO Speedwagon Good trouble backing vocals
1982 Tom Scott Desire vocals - songwriter
1982 Tom Snow Hungry hinghts vocals- backing vocals
1982 Rick Springfield Success hasn't spoiled me yet backing vocals
1982 Stranger Stranger vocals
1982 Donna Summer Donna Summer backing vocals
1982 Various Artists Casino Lights: Live at Montreux backing vocals - lyrics
1982 Joseph Williams Joseph WIlliams backing vocals
1983 Tane Cain Tane Cain vocals
1983 Sammy Hagar Three lock box backing vocals
1983 I Ten Taking a cold look vocals
1983 Al Jarreau Jarreau backing vocals
1983 Marc Jordan Hole in the wall backing vocals
1983 Rick Springfield Living in Oz backing vocals
1983 Survivor Caught in the game backing vocals
1983 James Ingram It's your night songwriter
1984 Laura Branigan Self control backing vocals
1984 Stephane Crane Kicks vocals
1984 Al Jarreau High crime backing vocals
1984 Neil Diamond Primitive backing vocals
1984 Sheena Easton Private heaven backing vocals
1984 Soundtrack Footloose backing vocals
1984 Julio Iglesias 1100 Bel Air Place backing vocals
1984 Mr. Mister I wear the face vocals- bass - lyrics
1984 REO Speedwagon Wheels are turning backing vocals
1984 Leo Sayer Have you ever been in love backing vocals
1984 Rick Springfield Hard to hold backing vocals
1984 Toto Isolation backing vocals
1985 Laura Branigan Hold me backing vocals
1985 Amy Grant Unguarded backing vocals
1985 Kenny Loggins Vox humana backing vocals
1985 Melissa Manchester Mathematics backing vocals
1985 Mr. Mister Welcome to the real world vocals - bass - lyrics
1985 Greg Phillinganes Pulse vocals
1985 Pointer Sisters Contact backing vocals - lyrics
1985 Rick Springfield Tao backing vocals
1985 Soundtrack St. Elmo's Fire backing vocals
1986 David Foster David foster backing vocals
1986 Eddie Money Can't hold back backing vocals
1986 Soundtrack Youngblood vocals - bass - lyrics
1986 Soundtrack American Anthem vocals - bass - lyrics
1986 Soundtrack Touch and go vocals - bass - lyrics
1986 Soundtrack Fine mess vocals - bass - lyrics
1987 Mr. Mister Go on... vocals - bass- lyrics
1987 Various Dulcimer Christmas engineer
1987 Grover Washington Jr. Strawberry moon songwriter
1988 Hiroshima Ongaku backing vocals
1988 Kenny Loggins Back to Avalon backing vocals - lyrics - producer
1988 Joe Zawinyl Syndicate Immigrants vocals
1988 Soundtrack Stand and deliver vocals- lyrics
1990 Marc Jordan C.O.W. (Conserve our world) backing vocals
1990 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Bela Fleck & The Flecktones backing vocals
1990 Amy Grant Collection backing vocals
1990 Cher Love hurts backing vocals
1990 Najee Tokyo blue songwriter
1990 Hall & Oates Change of season songwriter
1990 Wayne Boyer This one's for me songwriter
1991 Elvis Costello Mighty like a rose backing vocals
1991 Richard Marx Rush Street backing vocals
1991 REO Speedwagon Second decade of rock & roll backing vocals
1991 Daryl Braithwaite Higher than hope songwriter
1991 Barbra Streisand Just for the record... backing vocals
1992 Barbra Streisand Highlights from "Just for the record" backing vocals
1992 Toto Kingdome of desire backing vocals
1994 Los Lobotomys Candyman backing vocals
1994 Steve Lukather Candyman backing vocals
1994 Madonna I'll remember (CDS) lyrics - producer
1994 3rd Matinee Meanwhile vocals - guitar - lyrics
1994 Whitesnake Greatest Hits backing vocals
1994 John Tesh Sax by the fire songwriter
1995 Madonna Something to remember songwriter
1996 Richard Page Shelter me vocals - guitar - piano - lyrics - prod.
1996 Neil Diamond In my lifetime backing vocals
1996 Various Artists Disney: Music from the park vocals - arranger - horn - producer
1996 Engelbert Humperdinck 16 Most requested songs backing vocals
1996 Al Jarreau Best of Al Jarreau backing vocals
1996 John Tesh Discovery songwriter
1996 Leo Sayer Show must go on: Anthology backing vocals
1997 Kenny Loggins Yesterday, today, tomorrow: Greatest Hits) backing vocals
1997 Various Artists Disney: Winnie the Pooh: The Grand Adventure arranger - producer
1997 Gloria Gaynor Greatest Hits (Galaxy) songwriter
1998 Various Artists Best of smooth jazz - vol. 3 backing vocals
1998 Rod Stewart When we were the new boys backing vocals
1998 Adam Cohen Adam Cohen backing vocals
1998 Yellowjackets Club Nocturne backing vocals
1999 Toto Mindfields backing vocals
? Sheila Little darlin' backing vocals
? Nancy Wilson Friends in love backing vocals
? Ricky Peterson Night watch lyrics
? Rick Springfield Rock of life backing vocals
? John Farnham Romeo's heart lyrics
? Marc Jordan A hole in the wall backing vocals
? Robert Kraft Retro active backing vocals
? Paul Clark Out of the shadow backing vocals
? Daryl Braithwaite Rise songwriter
? East to west East to west songwriter
? George Howard Reflections songwriter

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