We are SO proud of how far Rick's come in the few short years we've known and worked with him. We love this guy and feel confident he's got the right combination now to get him where he needs to be. Follow him on Twitter at @rickmonroe and tell him congratulations! Can't wait for the new music coming out in February! Congratulations Rick, we love you!
Steve Freeman and Rick Monroe
Country Music Singer/Songwriter Rick Monroe (www.rickmonroe.com) has inked an exclusive recording deal with Nashville based Render Records (www.renderrecords.com), it was announced today by Render’s Steve Freeman.
All combined, the Render Records team is responsible for more than 10 Billboard #1 records, countless Top-40 singles and over 10 million units sold to date. Render currently works or has worked with some of the largest companies and most influential people in television, music and film. Render Records Artists represent a span of the globe from South Alabama to South Africa and include a diverse variety of musical genres from Country to Rock to Christian Contemporary to Hip Hop.
Of the new agreement, Steve Freeman said, “When it came time for us to sign an act that we could send to the country audience, I didn’t have to look far, I knew exactly who I wanted to associate our brand with, Rick Monroe. We are very excited that Rick is joining the Render family. We are currently in the studio recording Rick’s debut project for the label and are set to release his first single (Crazy Not To) to country radio in late February.”
Rick Monroe added, “I am absolutely thrilled to be working with a forward thinking company like Render Records. With the rapid speed at which the music business is changing and evolving these days, being signed to a label that really ‘gets it’ from every angle is invaluable. And having talented, entrepreneurs, writers/musicians at the helm certainly allows for the perfect creative and open environment where artistry comes first and hard work is rewarded.”
Monroe comes to Render hot off the heel of four successful tours with Dierks Bentley, Josh Thompson, Eric Church and Randy Houser. Rick’s most recent single release, GET UR COUNTRY ON spawned the Jagermeister club tour of the same name which wrapped a 30 date swing at the conclusion of 2011. His hugely popular single and video, “Honky-Tonk Road Trip” (co-written with songwriter and celebrated journalist, Larry Holden) continues to be a fan favorite. No stranger to success Rick’s album, ‘Against the Grain’ spawned the hit single ‘Midnight Rider’. Having received rave reviews in print and accolades on television shows such as EXTRA, E! and ET, Rick’s gritty Midnight Rider video is still a much requested fan favorite.
A true ambassador of the genre, Monroe was among the first country artists to perform in Russia and China. His extensive touring history includes performances throughout Russia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Hungary, Honduras, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Germany, England, Netherlands and Switzerland, sharing the stage with a who’s who of musical greats.
Monroe’s also opened for the likes of Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tucker, Darryl Worley, Craig Morgan, Eric Church, Emerson Drive, Patty Loveless, Little Texas, Ricochet, The Birds, Black Hawk, Trick Pony, Chely Wright, Sammy Kershaw and Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus. He’s toured Europe for the last three years and performed an average of 100 dates a year for the last two years.
Steve Freeman added, “As a label, you are constantly looking for the perfect mix of hard work and talent in an artist. I have known Rick for a couple years now and have watched him consistently work harder on his own behalf than most artist with a big time record deal. I have written with him and even cut some of his songs on other artists leading me to become a huge fan of his writing and performing. I am looking forward to writing and cutting great records with him and watching his career move forward with the support of a label that believes in their artists from a creative standpoint, not just from a financial point of view. Rick Monroe, the writer and artist, has some things to say that people need to hear and I am glad that we get the opportunity to be the launching pad for him and the great music to come. 2012 will be a great year for this partnership, Rick Monroe fans and music fans as a whole.”
The creative and ownership team is comprised of hit songwriters and award winning producers Steve Freeman, Rich Redmond, Tully Kennedy, Kurt Allison, David Fanning, serial entrepreneur Randy Adams. Adams is a graduate of MIT and former member of the board of directors of Yahoo, where he secured Yahoo’s initial financing through his partners at Sequoia Capital and oversaw their transition to a public company. He is also credited with creating Adobe Acrobat and the PDF file format as Director of Engineering for Adobe. In addition to his role with Render Records and Render Filmz, Randy is currently the Director and Co-Founder of actor Will Ferrell’s company Funny or Die, funnyordie.com, the webs most popular comedy website, as well as, Director and Co-Founder of Celebrity Apps, the premier mobile app publisher for celebrities and celebrity brands. He frequently lectures at Stanford University on becoming an entrepreneur and has been called one of the brightest minds in technology in the past 25 years.
Steve Freeman is a hit songwriter and award-winning producer from Nashville who currently writes professionally for Colton Entertainment Group. He has had over 30 songs cut by artists in various formats including Country, Rock, Christian and Adult Contemporary. His production credits can be found on over 5 million records sold.
A part of the Render family, Rich, Kurt and Tully, also known worldwide as The Three Kings, along with artist/producer David Fanning, make up New Voice Entertainment. Together they produce country music’s hottest new duo Thompson Square, who just celebrated their first #1 hit single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” as well as other acts Kristy Lee Cook, Blake Wise and Parmalee. When not behind the console, Rich, Kurt and Tully can be found in the studio and on the road creating the sound that made them famous with one of music’s most popular and best selling acts, Jason Aldean.