Steve Richard Reaches Career Milestone Receives FIRST #1 Single – “Eighty Acre Church”
Force MP Entertainment recording artist Steve Richard has just reached a career milestone! His song “Eighty Acre Church” has attained the coveted #1 position on the Power Source Radio Chart. This is another FIRST for the award winning artist.
“Every artist dreams of having a #1 song! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that ‘Eighty Acre Church’ has touched the hearts of people and invoked a spiritual feeling in them the same way that it did me. It is such a special song,” says Richard.
Steve began a two week road trip this week to visit with his friends at radio to thank them for their support and for playing his music. He plans to use the song for the greater good with some exciting campaigns that will be announced in early 2011.
Review: Steve Richard – Up To Somethin’
by Janet Goodman
The saying, “It all begins with a song” could have been coined by Christian country artist Steve Richard. The 2009 ICM Best New Artist might not have the strongest voice in town - it could be described as a little on the thin side, sounding somewhere between Ray Davies and Leon Russell. The real reason for Richard’s industry recognition is his compelling storytelling delivery of well-written songs…period. His choices are songs with uplifting lyrics and melodies that fit his assets like worn-leather gloves.
Richard has now released his sophomore project, “Up To Somethin’” – a 6-song EP recorded in Nashville and produced by Phil O’Donnell (Montgomery Gentry, Joe Diffie) on the Force MP Entertainment label. Some of Nashville’s finest A-list writers are represented here, and Richard knows how to give them justice.
Stand-out opener and current single is “Eighty Acre Church.” With lyrics like, “He says, I just plant the seed/Pray for rain and fight the weeds/After that the rest ain’t really up to me,” this story song gives new meaning to “doing God’s work.” Reminiscent of Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky,” this song could take its place as the new farmer’s anthem, or less secularly put – the new farmer’s hymn: “Most folks see an old man on a tractor/A farmer putting in another hard day’s work/But if you ask him he’ll say/He’s just another heart of faith/Out there on an eighty acre church.”
Another single off the record is “Invisible Hand,” with a George Harrison feel and a big gospel chorus. Little Big Town-like spunky harmonies and dobro- swampiness embellish the gem, “I Ain’t Givin’ Up On Jesus.” Richard gives grit to his vocals on this one, and hearing it on non-religious radio stations is not a stretch of the imagination - it has cross-over appeal.
Soulful country organ washes over “Heaven’s Up To Something,” and “Love, Anyhow,” with its Celtic vibe and military drum, bring diversity to his album. The final track - a mid-tempo ballad, “Love’s Gotta Go Somewhere” - tells the touching story of a grieving widower pouring his heart into digging up the entire backyard to plant his dead wife’s favorite flowers.
Currently, Richard is being marketed as Christian country, but his songs of substance would be welcome additions to mainstream country radio play lists.
Thanks to these great stations for playing "Eighty Acre Church"
Special thanks to these great stations for playing "Eighty Acre Church!"
Congratulations to the FFA 80 Acre Church photography contest...
In an effort to give back to FFA chapters nationwide, Steve Richard recently held a photography contest for his song, "Eighty Acre Church." Steve and his record label, Force MP Entertainment, provided a donation and prize package to FFA chapters who received the most votes on a photo they entered of their 'eighty acres.'
The contest was a great success with entries garnishing 13,829 votes, more than14 thousand site views and over 100 thousand page views!
Force MP Entertainment's Steve Richard Debuts New Single "Eighty Acre Church" on the 16th Annual ICM Awards
Force MP Entertainment's Steve Richard debuted his Power Source HIT song "Eighty Acre Church" on the 16th Annual ICM Awards which airs Friday, November 26 at 7PM CST & Saturday, November 27 at 12 AM CST on Dish Network’s channel 263 and channel 369 on DirectTV. The show was taped at Trinity Music City USA in Hendersonville, TN.
Steve invited fellow artists Sandra Dee, Danean Workman and Mary James to join him onstage to perform the new song. After the show, he presented his background singers and his guest singers with gifts of flowers. He also caught up with the hosts Storme Warren (Host of GAC's "Headline Country" and Sirius' "The Highway") and Megan Alexander (Correspondent for "Inside Edition") backstage for a photo after the awards.
Thank You to these great stations for their support of Steve's single "Invisible Hand!"