(born January 7, 1974) is an Americancountry musicsinger-songwriter. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the country music bandLonestar, in which he playedbass guitarand alternated withRichie McDonaldas lead vocalist. After departing from the band in 1998, he embarked on a solo career onBNA Recordsin the late 1990s, releasing two singles for the label and recording, which was not released until 2006. In 2001, he self-released, an album he was inspired to record by a cancer patient named Katie Darnell. By 2003, he joinedBig Kennyto form the duoBig & Rich, who released three albums onWarner Bros. Recordsas well as ten singles, including the Number OneLost in This Moment. After Big & Rich went on hiatus in 2007, Rich began work on a third solo album,, which has produced two more chart singles. In 2011, Rich released twoextended plays,

John Rich graduated from Dickson County Senior High inDickson, Tennesseeand after graduation moved toNashvillewhere he worked as a singer atOpryland USA. He wanted to be a professional team roper. Not long after, he met up with the group Texasee, which eventually changed its name toLonestar. While in Lonestar, Rich was thebass guitaristand, on some occasions, the lead singer (one of the bands singles, Heartbroke Every Day, featured his lead vocals). Rich also co-wrote two of the bands singles:Come Cryin to MeandSay When, the former being a number-one single for the group. In January 1998, Rich departed from Lonestar.1Afterward, Rich became a solo artist withBNA 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 2001, he recorded and self-releasedRescue Me, an album he was inspired to record after meeting cancer patient Katie Darnell.2

Rich joinedBig Kennyin 2002 to form the duoBig & Rich.3The duo recorded three studio albums forWarner Bros. Records:Horse of a Different Color,Comin to Your CityandBetween Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, in 2004, 2005 and 2007 respectively. These albums accounted for ten singles on the country charts, including the Number OneLost in This Moment. Rich also co-wrote all of the duos singles, primarily with Big Kenny. In the wake of Big & Richs success, his 1999 solo albumUnderneath the Same Moonwas issued via BNA, coinciding with the release of Big Kennys previously-unreleased solo albumLive a Little. A fourth Big & Rich studio album was released in the summer of 2012, with the inspiring Thats Why I Pray reaching 15 on the country charts.

During Big & Richs success, Rich also worked as a songwriter and producer for other artists. His work included production forGretchen WilsonKeith AndersonJewelandJohn Anderson. In the same time span, he co-wrote multiple singles for other artists, including the Number One hitsRedneck Womanfor Wilson,Mississippi GirlforFaith HillandWhyforJason Aldean.

He also has a co-write onTaylor Swifts 2008 album,Fearless, titled The Way I Loved You.

In 2011, Rich recorded a song withheavy metalbandBlack Label Society, entitled Darkest Days, featured on their compilation album,The Song Remains Not the Same.

In 2016, Rich added his voice to a duet withMarie Osmondon her albumMusic Is Medicinewith the song titled Love This Tough.

In January 2009, Rich released his third solo single on Warner Bros. Records. The song, Another You, is the lead-off single to Richs 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 theChryslerandGeneral Motorsbailouts, at Michigan radio stations.4The song debuted at No.34 on theBillboardHot Country Songschart for the chart week of February 14, 2009, becoming his first solo Top 40 hit and peaking at No.12 in April. A third single, The Good Lord and the Man, debuted at No.59 on the country chart and peaked at No.56 in July 2009.

BothRich RocksandFor the Kidshave only produced one single between them.Country Done Come to Townwas released as a single fromRich Rocksin mid-2010 and was a minor chart success.

In 2007, Rich hosted the first season of a reality show onCountry Music TelevisioncalledGone Country, which featured celebrities such asBrady BunchactressMaureen McCormick, singersBobby BrownSisqoJulio Iglesias Jr.Dee SniderCarnie WilsonandAmerican Idolrunner-upDiana DeGarmoas they try to become songwriters with the help ofNashvillesongwriters as the celebrities are paired together with the songwriters. The show was filmed at the former home ofBarbara Mandrell. He has hosted two more seasons since then.

Rich also served as a judge on the 2008 version ofNashville Staron NBC along withJewel, singer-songwriterJeffrey Steele, and hostBilly Ray Cyrus.

Rich was a candidate in the 2011 season ofThe Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered on March 6. In episode 5, he lost as Project Manager for the mens team, Backbone. Despite the first loss, he later won 2 more tasks as Project Manager, raising $1,266,908 forSt. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Rich competed withMarlee Matlinin the live season finale, where he was declared the season winner, and received an additional $250,000 for his charity.

Rich served as a mentor in the 2012 reality/competition seriesThe Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.5

John Rich and his wife, Joan, married on December 6, 2008. They have two sons, Cash Rich, born January 10, 2010, and Colt Daniel Rich, born September 29, 2011.6

In the 2008 U.S. presidential race, Rich originally supportedFred Thompson.7He later released a campaign song in his website in support of presidential candidateJohn McCainin August 2008 called Raisin McCain.8He performed in the closing ceremony of the Republican National Convention on September 3, 2008. He endorsed the Conservative Party candidateDoug Hoffmanin thespecial congressional election in Northern New Yorkin 2009.9In 2010 he endorsedZach Wampfor Governor of Tennessee and hosted parties at his Nashville home in support of Wamps campaign.10

On April 7, 2015, Richs song Shuttin Detroit Down was featured in SenatorRand Paul2016 presidential campaignannouncement.11He later declared his support for presumptive nomineeDonald Trumpfollowing Pauls exit from the race.12Big & Rich would later perform at a pre-inaugural ceremony on January 19, 2017, after Trumps victory in thegeneral election.13

I Pray for You also peaked at number 63 on the Canadian

MuzikMafia: From the Nashville Scene to the National Mainstream

. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.ASIN1604734388.

McGraw, Bill.John Richs Shuttin Detroit Down sizzling on country radio, Web.

.Detroit Free Press. Archived fromthe originalon February 1, 2009

The Winner of The CWs The Next to Earn Recording Contract With Atlantic Records. The Futon Critic. 2012-07-30

Country Music Star to Stump For Hoffman? Not Likely. Wwnytv.com. 2009-10-28

Larson, Leslie.Rand Pauls campaign announcement began with this anti-Wall Street country song.

John Rich: Im glad Trump is running for president.

Betts, Stephen L.Big & Rich to Perform at Trump Inauguration Gala. Rolling Stone

John Rich Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums.

John Rich Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200.

John Rich Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs.

John Rich Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100.

John Rich Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Hot 100.

Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Country Singles.

Big Kennys Love Everybody Traveling Musical Medicine Show Mix Tape, Vol. 1

Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers

Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers

This page was last edited on 27 April 2019, at 15:50

Text is available under the; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to theTerms of UseandPrivacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of theWikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.