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Jazz: Jazz Vocals Moods: Solo Male Artist Jazz: Contemporary Jazz

By Location
United States - NY - Upstate NY

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Devin Richards

Although conceived in New York, Devin was born in Greensboro, NC. His mother being afraid of the doctors in NY drove down to Greensboro just to have him and then brought him back. His mother raised him in Queens for the first 8 years of his life. Then in order to be closer to the family, they moved down to North Carolina where he stayed through College. After leaving College he moved to Florida and performed there for four years. Next step, New York! Moved there and within months got a job in the musical "Starlight Express", in Germany, where he had always wanted to live, having grown up around Germans all his life. After finishing his job in Germany, he moved to Paris (another one of his dreams) where he lived for a year. Then due to difficulties finding work there he came back to NY where within a month he began his Broadway career. Since then he has appeared in many Broadway shows over eleven years including original casts of revivals, "110 in the Shade", "Wonderful Town", "Carousel", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Pajama Game", original casts of "Victor/Victoria" and "Seussical:The Musical" plus Broadway shows, "Smokey Joe's Cafe "and "The Life".
His CD debut is "My Own Voice" recorded live at the Metropolitan Room in NY. Released on LMGJAZZ records, "My Own Voice" features songs such as "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child/Ol' Man River" "Fever" mixed with originals such as "My Own Voice" written by Dan Furman/Devin Richards; "I Wanna Make Music" by Stephen Schalchlin.

"The night Devin invited me to his debut cabaret at the Metropolitan room, I discovered so much more than the solid booming bass baritone I had come to know. Devin was engaging, funny, powerful and touching. A true solo artist. I was thrilled by his innovative repertoire and the ability to make each song truly his own. I was struck by his uncanny ability to connect with the audience in both song and in witty relaxed banter. And then there is the voice. It is a voice with so many beautiful rich colors and such incredible range. He has all of the booming bass baritone depth of Paul Robeson as well as the vocal agility and style of Al Jarreau. Yet it’s all his organic sound. It was his voice. It was truly an evening of discovery for all who were there. For me it was discovery of a part of my friend I had not known. For the audience it was discovery of a wonderful solo artist. And for Devin it was the discovery of his own voice. And what a spectacular voice it is… "

Audra McDonald, Tony Winning Actress/Singer