D. Rich: The Making of A Star
In a time when hip hop and R&B have become prevalent to urban and pop radio listeners alike, emerges D.Rich to claim his spot. This southern crooner has created a style that joins the heart of the streets with soul music. Sexy, soothing and as smooth as ever, he proficiently delivers.
Born, Demetrius Richardson, in Monroe, NC his vocal gift was expressed in churches at an early age. One of nine children, he quickly learned to command the attention of a crowd. Following the success of fellow Charlotte natives Horace Brown & Jodeci , a teenage Demetrius along with three others, would form the group Undacova. The group took the risks of stardom to New York and was heard by label reps from the Tommy Boy imprint. Much to their surprise they scored a deal and a song. Love Slave, on the New Jersey Drive soundtrack. Unfortunately, the album was shelved due to circumstances beyond their control. Disgusted and disappointed the group parted ways. Not discouraged, he formed the trio, Deep South. This time the music would delight the ears of producer Mark Sparks. Sparks who’d launched the LA based label, SoulLife, would ink the trio to a deal. After a mediocre debut of Sunshine Anderson’s “Your Woman”, fellow native Anthony Hamilton was to be followed by the Deep South project. Much to their dismay neither project got off the ground. Demetrius once again returned home to reproach and regroup from life in the industry. Encouraging words from Angie Stone, were just what he’d need to launch his solo effort. His newfound freedom allowed him to hone his songwriting and live performances. Adopting the stage name D.Rich, he went on to perform @ the Apollo theatre and be nominated for the 2006 UMA for best solo male R&B. After paying dues, he’s found his comfort zone and is poised on the verge of stardom