Richard Scott Interview Questions

1. The album ‘Dreaming of You’ was released recently. You’re no stranger to writing and recording music, can you tell us a little about this project – was the song writing process part of a bigger concept, or had you written the songs over a certain period of time and felt it necessary to give them a collective home?

When I designed the “Dreaming Of You” album,I wanted each song to be different from the other. That”s when I came up with what I call album variety. The songs generated touch several genres, Light Country, Easy Listening, oldies, even some light Jazz and Folk. The songs were written over a one year period of time, that”s how long it took to formulate the album concept. Simply stated, I made the music and lyrics straight forward. This album contains songs with great lyrics and musically it has predictable progressions. There is something for every body on this album. This is the home of the variety album, plain yet simple.

2- How do you usually write your songs- do you sit down with the intention of writing, or do you create as and when inspiration strikes?

I sit down with an idea that I want to express in a song. As an example, my song “Promise Me” was a true story of myself and my high school love. When we were going to break up, I was crushed. I asked her to please not give back the ring I gave her. Her reply was”Promise Me”.The song then talks about what she wants me to promise her. This song won the golden Telly award for best country music video. We have been married for close to thirty eight years. The best promise I ever made.

3-Which of the songs on the new album mean the most to personally?

Well, that is easy, its the song “Promise Me” It simply states the promise I made back in high school in 1973 to my high school girl friend. It was my promise to her that kept us together thru out our high school and college days and long after we finished school.

4-Which is your favourite to perform and why?

The song I love to sing and perform is”Every Beat Of My Heart”

This song talks about high school love. You have a crush on a girl in your class and you think up what will you say to her. What are the right things to say to her without getting slapped in the face. But seriously its how you approach her.

The very first line is the line I will always remember from my best friend who wanted to take this girl out named Barbara. Peter said to her” Every day girl I see you at school, what I would give to talk with you”. Of course I had to tweek the wording so it would fit in the contents of the song. I love playing this song cause it takes me back to my high school days.

It captures the human spirit and lasting memories to boot. A lot of people stated they can relate to this song. It brings back many peoples memories.

5- What have been some highlights of your musical career to date?

The first big accomplishment I received was getting two first round Grammy award plaques at the forty sixth Grammies in two areas.

1- Best country vocal performance 2- Best country song. I didn’t make it to the next round
but what an accomplishment getting those two plaques. Next accomplishment was winning the golden Telly award at the 24th Telly award. I won first place for my country music video

“Promise Me” which is proudly placed in my “Dreaming Of You” album. Next is being accepted by a very big production company based in Florida, they have sent one of my songs overseas to 150 countries for radio airplay. My list shows great response to my song”Keeper Of My Heart”. I have air play in Europe, South America, United Kingdom and the United States to name a few locations. I work with the owner and CEO of the company very closely, the owner is both a producer and songwriter and has produced and directly worked with many many big time artists. So with that being said it puts me like the little boy in the crowd. The other accomplishment is I signed a one year contract with Bentley International Records four days ago. It is a Marketing/Publishing/Distribution deal.

The last thing that I’m thrilled with is that I’m going to Delaware to meet with the CEO of my promotions company to talk about music and possibly co-writing a song to record with him.

6-How important is live music to you-do you perform often, whether solo or with a band, and do you enjoy connecting with people in the live setting in a different way than to having them listen to your recording there own home.

I love doing live performances, as such I connect with my audience from the first song I play.

I currently will be doing solo and track performances. Half the show will be playing keyboards and singing my songs on the first album. Then I will use tracks and sing. My show is called “The Richard Scott Experience.” When I play live I get close and let my audience
get involved in the performance. Singing along with, pass the mike and sing with me, different games to keep there attention, I’m not a boring performer I get the excitement going. When they listen to your music, you have to attract them to your song for that”s all they have to judge you, if they like your music they will come to see you. If they don”t like your music they wont come to see you, you got one shot to get them on your side. Live performances you have more chances to win them over. I plan to start my live shows some time in April 2017 and do 2-3 shows a week, then maybe get a band and hit the road.

7- Who are some of your all time favourite musicians, and what is it about them or there music that you found inspiring.

To be honest, what groups inspire me are the groups and artists from the do-wop era. The great 1950’S. Also I listen to Eric Clapton, I follow a few select artists. My music is inspired
by all the do-wop bands, Dion, Eric Clapton, my music is written with the signature sound I have in my songs. Dreaming Of You album was written by hours of listening to these few select artists. I base my harmony vocals with what I learned from those groups. I’m not a fan of today’s sound.

8- Has the music industry changed much in your experience, and do you find it harder or easier to reach new listeners with your songs in the age of internet?

I started in music in 1973 learning my craft. In 1976 I started playing in bands. That my friends was the era of reel to reel and analog recording. The music technology got so advanced in recording and the prices studios charge has gone up more then triple of what I used to pay. The music in each musical genre has changed so much. I played and toured in the days of Disco, then when Disco died, top 40 dance came into the picture. It’s harder to break into the industry then it was in the 70’S and 80’s. I have played in just about every fad music dished out. As far as I’m concerned the internet has been a blessing for me in helping me get back in the industry after a 12 year hiatus. I don’t have a big issue attracting new listeners, my very simple approach in my writing is key. Less is more. This is the code I write by.

9-What can listeners look out for in the coming months-any exciting live performances or collaborations?

The “Richard Scott Experience” is looking to start live performances by April 2017. The “Dreaming Of You is already released and is available to purchase now. I will be releasing new songs that will be on my next country album called”Waiting Some Where For Me”

Look for songs called Whispers In The Wind and Unanswered. Both great well written songs

I am going to Delaware in March with the hope I will do some collaborations with Mr Stephen Wrench who is the owner CEO of Music And Film Promotions in Florida. Mr Wrench has worked and produced many of today’s major artists.

10-If you could only share one song with a new audience, from your entire catalogue of music, which song would you choose that you feel would best represent your sound and what you’re about as an artist?

Well that question is easy to answer, my song “Promise” is the song I would choose. Why promise me? To begin with “Promise Me” is my signature song. It has the Richard Scott sound. MY sound is well placed instruments with well placed vocals, nothing is over done.

Each instrument I use has a specific place along with the harmony vocals that are based on
1950”s Do-Wop. Plus “Promise Me” comes in two versions on my album, a Easy Listening

Singer/Songwriter version and a full light country version. When people here “Promise Me” they know its my signature song. I play “Promise Me” in both version on every performance I do. In conclusion my structure is simple, well placed musical instruments with well placed vocals. I keep it simple through out the song. I use the kiss method in song writing. Kiss method is Keep It Simple Stupid.

11-Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about upcoming releases, performances, or your music in general.?

I would like all my fans and everybody to know that my 13 song album is now available to buy. The album called”Dreaming Of You” is available from CD Baby, I Tunes, Pandora and all available digital down load sites. You can order the album through the Richard Scott web site. You may download individual songs as well.

My album has plenty of variety, songs that are Light Country along with Easy Listening, Oldies, Do-Wop. some light Jazz and Folk. There is something for everyone at a low price.

I just signed a one year deal with Bentley International Records for a Distribution/Marketing/publishing deal. I will be releasing my first single with Bentley Records called”Unanswered”. There will be other releases through my record label over the upcoming months.

Live performances are being planned through the mid Pennsylvania region. All performances to be announced.

I invite everybody to please visit my artist web site, there you can hear all my songs from the “Dreaming Of You”album, watch videos and see all the music reviews I have received from five big time music magazines, and learn all about the artist Richard Scott.

I am currently working on a follow up album which will be New York country, the title of this album is called “Dreaming Of You”. Which is being recorded in Nashville TN on music row.

The other half of the album consists of the music tracks recorded in Nashville TN, the vocals right here in PA.

Keep your eye out for Richard Scott he’s a different breed of songwriter. Welcome Aboard

Montey Zike
Richard Scott
Keeper of My Heart

Richard Scott’s newest single, “Keeper of My Heart”, comes out as a duo – the straighter performance and an accompanying doo-wop version that demonstrates his artistic dexterity. It isn’t a surprising balance. Scott has been showing off the extent of his considerable talents since the last years of the 1970’s on both recordings and live, solo and within a band context. He’s received Grammy selections for both Best Country Song and Best Male Vocalist while also earning an 2003 award for Best Country Music Video for an Independent Recording Artist. Circumstance prompted him to step away from the studio and stage so that he might attend to family matters, but his return has been characterized by such an outpouring of energy it sounds like he never left. “Keeper of My Heart” bristles and bubbles over with creativity.

The doo-wop version of this song included with the release will be hard to resist. It’s short, to the point, and has a colorful R&B sheen that might surprise some new listeners. The horn section doesn’t have an omnipresent impact on the track but, rather, augments it with considerable flair. It has a wonderfully wide and hard-hitting swing that doesn’t affect the romantic content of the lyrics at all – instead, it seems to give Scott’s vocal added urgency and he throws himself wholeheartedly into his singing without ever rushing the content. This sort of exuberance is a perfect fit for the musical content and shows off just the right amount of tastefulness. The doo wop version has a percolating rhythm section that will charge listener’s energy level and get them moving without its commerciality ever undercutting its sincerity.

The “straighter” version of the song conjures up a credible blues feel without ever stressing it too much. It comes through in the tasty piano rolls, blazing electric guitar fills, and precise drumming that goes on feel above all else. Scott’s vocal is a little more relaxed here, naturally, than it is in the doo-wop version and delves deeper into getting over the song’s emotional content than the doo wop take on the song. There’s a little bit of keyboard work scattered throughout the song, but its presence isn’t over-extended and adds just the right amount of color to the performance without ever sounding too gaudy. It’s a longer performance than the doo wop version and, as such, gives up a little of the aforementioned urgency. However, the lost urgency is replaced by a deeper feel than the doo wop take and Scott’s vocals dig deep to realize the lyrical potential. The words never overreach and, instead, touch listeners with their universality and understated eloquence. Richard Scott’s talents are amply illustrated in both performances and the differences make for a well-rounded presentation of where his interests lie. This is a performer and composer who hasn’t lost any of his thirst for self expression despite advancing years and he gives himself over to the performance like a young performer might with all of the passion and skill listeners rightly expect.

Richard Scott’s album Dreaming Of You presents listeners with a warm and mellow fusion of jazz, folk and country music. The instrumentation has a very classic feel to it, opening track My Heart Will Keep On Crying in particular. The song gives you a good sense of who the artist is and what the music is all about. It also gives you an idea of his personal songwriting style.

The melodies are strong throughout. The change from the verse to the chorus, the subtle but effective and emotional build ups, and the way in which the music has been composed around this to reflect and reinforce those feelings, all makes for an effective and enjoyable piece of music. Despite the theme of the song being quite clearly one of sadness, the music gives off quite a different energy, so rather than let you sit and wallow in your upset, instead you’re offered an uplifting and friendly bit of audio to help you through it all.

This uplifting ambiance continues and in fact increases as you make your way through Magical Dream, where some classic banjo playing comes about, as do the strings, and the beat has a gentle and joyful nature to it. Pleasantly, the mood progresses even further for the third track I Need You So, with it’s instantly energetic atmosphere and addictively memorable melody line. You begin to notice very early on the strong use of imagery in Richard Scott’s songwriting, and the poetic way in which he reflects upon the world around him. And this is what you get in great supply throughout the Dreaming Of You album, as well as a peaceful and hopeful array of musical expression.

The country twang is consistent within the music, but it’s a subtle part of something much more eclectic. The songs are heartfelt and often have the structure of a classic ballad or folk song. The Keeper Of My Heart is a good example of this. The rhythm makes you move a little, the melody imprints itself in your mind, and the warmth and familiarity of the singer’s voice is an added pleasure at this fairly central point within the album.

Amber Ways adds to the variation on the album significantly, the song opens with the sound of music from some distant and sunny land, though still that signature Scott thread is present, and the song is again a moment of serious feeling portrayed by a very lighthearted musical substance. It’s an interesting way to write, and it keeps the sadness from sinking you, in a way; the optimism of the chords and the instruments and the melodies actually encourage you to feel better, which is music doing the very best thing that it can.

Even if you only initially hear one song from it, you can trust the collection in it’s entirety to provide the music that you’re looking for. The style and sense of character is consistently clear, and each melody and concept and lyrical spread is something very focused and confident in it’s expression. The songs reflect genuine emotion alongside a thoroughly pleasant and professional musicality, so it’s an album you can refer back to again and again, and let the music and the lyrics work for you.

What makes the album even more special is the addition of the 50’s / Doo-wop versions of a couple of the songs, The Keeper Of My Heart included. The full force of jazz and joyfulness is highlighted with this bonus recording, and it’s a great way to re-energize as the project comes towards it’s end. The final track, however, is something hugely meaningful and poignant.

Richard Scott’s tribute to 9-11, My World Started Crying, is a crushingly honest and true portrayal of those events. The fusion of spoken word, poetry, and a very dreamlike ambiance, makes for something that really reaches out and grabs you. It makes you listen, and although it’s an event all of us are familiar with and will forever remember, the way in which this track presents the thoughts and the words reflecting it is surprisingly unusual, and quite striking.

Richard Scott is an experienced songwriter who was selected for two nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards – Best Country Song and Best Male Vocalist. His catalogues of music is vast and impressive, and the latest release Dreaming Of You is no exception.

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