Biography

From the culturally rich medieval city of Norwich in the UK, singer-songwriter Richard Sutton has an honesty, frailty, strength and integrity that brings the intensity of rock to the emotional sensitivity of contemporary folk. Putting into words and music the feeling that many people experience but simply can't express, he speaks up for all those who endure in silence.

Described as a modern day Cat Stevens with a healthy splash of Passenger, Newton Faulkner and Paul Simon, Richard blends the poetry of words with a powerful grasp of the best of British song writing. As a result his songs are vivid and moving, and speak of the triumphs and adversities of the human condition.

Early influences:

Richard comes from a musical family, and has music running through the fabric of his life. As a child he was exposed to everything from the great influencers of musical trends such as the Beatles,  Buddy Holly, AC/DC and Metallica, through to Mozart and Tchaikovsky from the classical field. 

He had a tough time at school and left at the age of 16 with a burning determination to prove himself. "I became very withdrawn at school," he says, "and was truly swept away with music, retreating into it whenever I could. I would listen intently to the complexities of the music, and that's where I learned what makes a really good song."

Graham Dee, image courtesy of Dorset Life

He was most inspired by the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but while on a cabinet making course he met a truly inspirational musician and songwriter with a rich musical history, who could see something special in him.  With Graham Dee's encouragement and guidance Richard began to teach himself to play the guitar as a tool for song-writing, and although Graham moved away from Norwich, Richard's love of music turned into a strong determination and vocation.

Apprenticeship:

From that point onwards, he focused all his attention on music.  Over the next 10 years he launched three rock bands, wrote a portfolio of songs that he self recorded and  produced, including the album 'Don't Look Back', performed with his third band The Indebtors. This went on to receive critical acclaim and the band reached the finals of the national Rock The House competition with his song A New Day.

Through this long apprenticeship, he worked with singing coach Kay Webber (coach to Britain's Got Talent star Ronan Parke) and for a short time with guitarist Paul Hill. Meanwhile he signed on at City College Norwich for a music course to improve his music recording and production skills.  Along the way he met and worked with some talented and inspirational individuals and began experimenting creatively with orchestral composition and film score writing, finally graduating with a BA Hons in Creative Practice and Enterprise.

The Future:

March 2015 was a game changer for Richard. Although he will always love rock music he realised it was not leading him to where he wanted to be.  He went solo acoustic to refocus on song-writing and recording.

The intervening time has been filled with festival appearances and gigs, including guest appearances at places like the Cambridge Folk Club, and he has written some of his most effective and eloquent songs.  'Friend on the Go''Paper Plane' and 'Bracondale', are just three of the most popular songs of this period.

With producer Graham Dee, who now lives in Dorset, he has been busy recording an album of songs in Norwich and London, with full band accompaniment. The first single, Nothing Matters Anymore, was released in May 2017. The second single, Drifter, came out on 8 September 2017, and there is a lot more music in the pipeline.

 

 

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