From the culturally rich medieval city of Norwich in the UK, singer-songwriter Richard Sutton has an honesty, frailty, strength and integrity that brings emotional realism to the melodic sensitivity of contemporary folk.
Described as a modern day Cat Stevens with a healthy splash of Passenger, Newton Faulkner and Paul Simon, Richard sings about human difficulties - our ups and downs, aspirations, fears and doubts and delves into the triumphs and adversities of the human condition.
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 classical composers like Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
He left at the age of 16 with a burning determination to be an individual and an intense passion for music.
Looking back now, he now realises it was those tough school years that gave him a real insight into 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 "I had become very withdrawn at school," he explained, "and was truly swept away with music, retreating into it whenever I could.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."
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 play the guitar and started to write songs.
By the time Graham moved away from Norwich in 2005, Richard's love of music had turned into a strong determination and vocation.
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.
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.'
He released his first studio album, Paper Plane, on 15 October 2018, and has sold copies to listeners in the UK, Europe, Australia and USA.
Richard has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline.
He is playing live solo gigs, writing a lot more music, and plans to produce and release a second album in the future.
He is heavily involved in several co-writing projects, and is also applying his technical skills to producing and mixing recorded tracks for other musicians.
Details will be released as the projects mature, so watch this space for future announcements.