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by Richard Souther

Richard's album "Vision" became an international best seller. With "Wonder" he combines the emotion of black gospel voices with the pulse of world rhythms.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. Able
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2. Bill W
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3. In My Soul
2:15 $0.99
4. Old Friend
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5. Laredo
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6. Lay Your Hands
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7. I Can Really Speak
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8. It Happened Once
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9. The Prayer
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10. I Wanna Be
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11. He's A Wonder
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Album Notes
***Hi everyone! Regarding the CD's of all my projects: I have no more plans to reduplicate them. They will always be downloadable. But... if you want the "physical CD", there are a few left of each.
Thank you for all your support through the years!~Richard

Richard Souther follows his chart topping albums...ILLUMINATION - The Fire of the Spirit: Hildegard von Bingen and VISION - The Music of Hildegard von Bingen (named BILLBOARD magazine's "Classical Crossover Album of the Year") with a new recording...WONDER. This new project marries Richard's modern interpretative arrangements with Dance, Gospel soul and World music.


Grammy nominated artist Richard Souther is a composer, producer, arranger, sound designer and multi-keyboardist who has built a strong reputation as a top contemporary solo instrumentalist for over twenty years. He has created numerous best-selling albums in the New Age, Smooth Jazz and the Classical/Crossover markets as well as acclaimed recordings for the CCM music scene.

Richard was a child prodigy who began studying classical piano at three with then retired Professor Thomas Giles (Dean Of The Music Department/University Of Utah) until he was twelve. He went on to study with the legendary Russian piano teacher Max Willerson and concert pianist Reid Nibley. "During that time, I realized I didn't really enjoy playing other people's music exactly as written and wanted to explore the world of jazz improvisation... and Surf Music!"

While attending middle school during the Sixties in Los Angeles, Souther began playing keyboards in LA Rock bands on the Sunset Strip and developed a love for a wide variety of different types of music. By the early Seventies he was becoming an in-demand session musician who played with numerous artists like Geronimo Black, Feather, Barry McGuire, Richie Furay, Pat and Debbie Boone, and Denice Williams. Souther also began developing his talents as a touring performer playing multi-keyboards with the now legendary vocal group, 2nd Chapter of Acts and renowned guitarist Phil Keaggy.

In 1981, a near fatal bout with botulism abruptly sidetracked Richard's musical career. During the four years it took him to recover, to the point where he could resume a somewhat normal life again, he acquired and mastered a new technology for that time period, using electronic music synthesizers and early computers linked together to create an electronic orchestral palette to compose with. Playing into the computer one note at a time and in spite of the chronic pain, Souther began creating his original and unique blend of instrumental music.

During the mid Eighties a new instrumental label, Meadowlark Records, signed him for his first solo albums, the electronic HEIRBORNE and INNERMISSION. The label also wanted to release his solo, acoustic piano recordings. To reduce confusion about dissimilar projects in the marketplace, the albums...SONGS UNSPOKEN and SECOND STORY, were issued under his middle names- Douglas Trowbridge. Souther left the Meadowlark label and signed with MCA's Narada Label, releasing two mainstream New Age and World Music projects for them. CROSS CURRENTS, a light jazz ensemble project, featuring the talents of Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Chester Thompson and Kirk Whalum, released in 1989. Following up Richard co-produced TWELVE TRIBES, an exploration of African and Brazilian music, with renowned sound designer Eric Persing in 1990. Both albums received considerable airplay on the New Adult Contemporary (NAC) radio stations in the U.S. and continue to world-wide. Richard returned to the CCM market when he produced VISION OF THE VALLEY for Don Francisco and won a Dove Award for producing the Twila Paris "SANCTUARY" album.

In 1994 Richard received world wide recognition for is groundbreaking album "VISION: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen", which won the Billboard Classical/Crossover album of the year award. He then followed it up with ILLUMINATION: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen "The Fire Of The Spirit" for Sony Classical.

In 2000 Richard began exploring the world of Electronica Music with the release of "A BLIP ON THE SCREEN" followed up by "RADIO FLYER" and the new "A Small Glitch In Time" written using the pseudonym "UNDER THE RADAR".

His music has been used in numerous films, TV and commercials around the world by companies like Mercedes Benz, CBS Winter Olympics, PBS (Sesame Street) A&E, CNN, NBC Dateline: Secrets behind 'The Da Vinci Code', Renault, Fuji Film, Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Company, VH-1, MTV, The Bose Corporation, The Jim Henson Company and most recently in the 2004 HBO Golden Globe winning film "Iron Jawed Angels". He has recently finished the score to a new independent film documentary: "VISUAL FUTURIST: THE ART AND LIFE OF SYD MEAD" chronicling the life of the famed artist/designer. The DVD is now available at Also released is his first solo piano album since 1998 entitled "MEMORIES OF TWILIGHT".

For more information on Richard be sure to visit his website:



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Nina Edmond

This CD is my first exposure to Richard Souther's music. I was deeply moved and a bit overwhelmed by the depth and soul that is apparent in every selection on this disc. I will buy his other CDs. I am a great fan of Christian music but this is something very, very special. Thank you Richard, for being 'out there'. Now I know that I am not alone.


Different from his earlier works, but still worthwhile
It's hard to beleive that a white boy from California came up with the grooves and sounds on this disc. This recording showcases Richard's capabilities as a producer more than a musician. By using samples of Gospel singers combined with a wide range of instrumental sounds Richard has crafted an enjoyable, indeed joyous recording. I still like some of his earlier stuff using the music of Hildergard von Bingen better, but this one makes me want to bob my head a whole lot more!