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.

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.

His route to this has not been straight or easy, though.

Early influences:

Richard had a tough time at school and left at the age of 16 with little to show for his time there, except perhaps a burning determination to prove himself and an intense passion for music.

"I had become very withdrawn at school," he explained, "and was truly swept away with music, retreating into it whenever I could.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

While on a vocational cabinet making course he met a truly inspirational musician and songwriter with a rich musical history, Graham Dee, who could see something special in him. This chance encounter changed the course of his life.

With Graham’s encouragement Richard began to teach himself to play the guitar and started to write songs. By the time Graham moved away from Norwich, Richard's love of music turned into a strong determination and vocation.

Apprenticeship:

Over the next 10 years Richard 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 the career he wanted.  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, Cambridge 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 are a lot more songs in the pipeline.

 

 

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