Rich Flanders was trained at San Francisco State University and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy where he studied voice under Paul Gavert.
At home with Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, or The Sons of the Pioneers, he chose to work within the western genre for his first album, YONDERING, “classic western songs of earth, sky and the great lone places,” which was nominated Album of the Year, 2008, by The Academy of Western Artists and won The Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Best Song (“Blue Prairie.”).
His second CD, RIDE AWAY, takes its title from the soundtrack of the classic John Ford film from 1956, “The Searchers.” As on YONDERING, RIDE AWAY celebrates the beauty of the wild and the road of the rover. In 2010, RIDE AWAY was honored with three nominations from the Western Music Association: Album of the Year, Best Traditional Western Album by an Individual, and Best Original Song (“Thirteen Voices,” a tribute to “The Thirteen International Indigenous Grandmothers.") Both Yondering and Ride Away are available from www.cdbaby.com/cd/richflanders .
DOUBLE STANDARDS, three new recordings from “the Great American Songbook” by Rich and his singing partner, Celia Berk, is available for downloading at iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/richflandersandceliaberk )
Rich is the new voice of “Cowboy Bob” and “Woody Guppie” at Rubber Chicken Cards, and he has performed on Broadway in “Shenandoah,” toured with the First National Company of “Annie,” and appeared in repertory, off-Broadway, stock and dinner theatre companies across the U.S. Recent New York City appearances include performances of "Double Standards" with Celia Berk and musical director Alex Rybeck at Don’t Tell Mama cabaret, at Birdland and The Metropolitan Room in the Broadway Concerts Direct production of the animal-rescue benefit concert, “Love Makes The World Go ‘Round,” and at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in “Sarah Rice & Friends.”
He was chosen by Judy Kellersberger to record her song about a great river, “Tribute To The Hudson” (www.cdbaby.com/cd/richflanders2), the lyrics of which were used in Pete Seeger's Clearwater Festival brochure. The song was played at the opening of the Quadricentennial at the 2009 Knickerbocker Ice Festival and received airplay on folk music programs at various New York and New Jersey radio stations.
Rich grew up in northern California and currently resides in the rolling horse-farm country of New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife Amy, a dog, and a herd of cats. Dismount at www.richflanders.com
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