Nashville recording artist and Boston-based singer / songwriter Richard Schroder picks up where his debut Drive album left off with his new country radio single, "Almost an Angel."
The release is the lead single from Schroder's upcoming six-song EP, Skyline, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Matt McClure (Lee Brice, Kellie Pickler) and is set to drop in early 2019.
Richard Schroder's music has generated more than 425,000 streams and his songs are featured on Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify’s Discover Weekly, Spotify Radio and more than 1,700 other playlists.
His first two radio singles, "Drivin'" and "Wildest Dreams," both charted on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart and have received airplay on more than 175 stations nationally.
Schroder also has songs currently featured on episodes of hit Discovery Channel / TLC show, Sweet Home Sextuplets.
It’s rare that you find Richard Schroder standing in one place. But he’s pausing at the moment, mulling over what just happened.
He just emerged from a Nashville recording studio, to record Skyline, his new album. The sessions, led by three-time Grammy-nominated producer Matt McClure and a band of first-call A-listers by his side—drummer Chris McHugh (Keith Urban), Jeff King (Reba McEntire) and Jerry McPherson (Tim McGraw / Faith Hill) on guitars, Mark Hill on bass, Pat McGrath (guitars), Mike Johnson (pedal steel) and Jason Webb (keys)—the experience blew his mind. The players have recorded and performed with everyone. They nail takes. They get it right. They grabbed Schroder’s songs and took them to the next level.
It was in that moment—with that producer, those musicians, and a new collection of songs building off his last—that made him realize something special was happening. Career momentum was building, and Richard felt genuine validation for collaborating and recording in “Music City.” After a lifetime of making music in Boston, doing the same in Nashville was an epic move.
But let’s back up.
During the last year, Richard has been doing the heavy discovery and backbreaking work of making and promoting his first solo record, Drive. With the unsteady, ever-changing worlds of social media and streaming playlists shifting under his feet, Richard managed to keep his balance, refine his craft, and make real progress. His hard work has paid off and listeners have been responding.
“Drivin’,” his first single, the toughest one to break, has so far been played over 9,000 times on the radio at over 175 stations and reached #62 on the Music Row country breakout chart. His second single, “Wildest Dreams,” also gained traction and reached #58. Drive, the album, has over 425,000 listens on Spotify. Over 5,000 people to date have saved his songs and Richard’s music now has a place on over 1,700 playlists, right alongside artists like Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. Those are some sweet numbers. “I’ve learned I can’t just focus on radio or streams. I’ve got to focus on both. If your songs are good, it’s going to get played and it’s going to get saved to playlists.”
And his songs are good. Do country music fans know who Richard is? What he’s all about? Tough to tell. But he is in the game. “They're connecting with me and listening to my songs,” he says, “and that's the best thing I could have asked for.”
His initial success, though, is only the beginning. At a time when many new artists’ hopes fade, his own ambitions grew. Nashville felt within reach, a new home. As he watched his numbers climb, he knew it was time to get back to work. He set his sights on creating something even better.
“I really love that music is both sides of the coin,” he says. “It’s the creative side and the business end. You can have the greatest song in the world, but if you never tell anybody about it, it never gets on the radio, or nobody ever hears it. That doesn't get you anywhere.”
It was with quiet determination and focus that he embraced Skyline, his new project. With the help of his songwriting partner, Nashville legend Steve Seskin (a 7-time #1 hit songwriter for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and others), he wrapped his arms around another batch of songs— writing them, co-writing them, discovering them. He made other important decisions too. Producer McClure (Lee Brice / Kellie Pickler) altered the way he sang and played guitar; small key changes that produced huge revelations in Richard’s musicianship.
“It was one of the best experiences of my musical life,” he says. “There were so many years where I felt like I was struggling to sing, and Matt rectified it. Quincy Jones said that figuring out the right key for the singer is the most important decision a producer makes. I would now agree with that!”
Having great songs is also pretty important, and Schroder owns it on Skyline. He and Steve wrote for the record. McClure sent him a handful. Steve sent him another batch to sift through. Richard, a talented songwriter responsible for half of the material on the record, was sitting on an embarrassment of musical riches. “At that point,” he laughs, “I just had to get out of my own way and let the music happen.”
The first single to radio is “Almost an Angel,” a sweetly crafted ray of country sunshine, punctuated by a chunky riff, drum-tight construction, a great vocal, and dueling guitar solos.
“Don’t You Grow Up On Me Now,” is the poignant sound of a father singing to his daughter. Co-written with Seskin, Richard wanted to write a song about his young daughter. “I just wanted to express how much I love her and, you know, maybe we could dance to it at her wedding someday. I didn’t care about it being commercial, but it had to be special.” The guitars, the melody, the voice, the tears … it all came through during the writing and produced one of Richard’s most emotional moments. “It was a fantastic co-write with Steve.”
Beyond the songs, the sound of the sessions is pure magic. The guitars chime and ring, the melodies hypnotize, and the choruses are mesmerizing, tight, and authentically Schroder. “Hallelujah Skyline,” the recording that gives the record its title, is an utter enchantment, a rich musical environment with moody shades of melancholy, and an ode to devotion that will certainly stay with you long after the last notes fade.
For Schroder, the goals and desires of the recording were simple from the start. “I wanna make music that somebody will really like, music that speaks to people. Personally, I’m having a blast and I want others to like what I’ve been so fortunate to enjoy. Writing songs, working with Steve, playing my music with these players, and being a part of the Nashville community… ” He pauses. “I feel like I've climbed to the top of a mountain. Now I'm seeing the view and I realize, ‘Wow, there's a lot more room for me to climb.’”
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The following Country Radio Stations are playing songs from the Drive album!
|KINO||KINO Radio 1230||Winslow||Arizona|
|KDOL||The Wolf Radio 105.5||Livingston||Texas|
|KAGH||Crossett Radio 104.9||Crossett||Arkansas|
|WBCU-FM||WBCU 103.5||Union||South Carolina|
|WBCU-AM||WBCU 1460||Union||South Carolina|
|WKSK||The Farm 93.5||West Jefferson||North Carolina|
|KLMI||The Cat 100.9||Hampton||Iowa|
|WTYS||Real Country 1340||Marianna||Florida|
|KQKX||106 Kix Country||Norfolk||Nebraska|
|WEAG-FM||Eagle Country! 106.3||Starke||Florida|
|WEAG-AM||Eagle Country! 1490||Starke||Florida|
|WPPL||Mountain Country 103.9||Blueridge||Georgia|
|Renegade Radio||RRN Internet Radio||Berry Hill||Tennessee|
|WACB||WACB 860||Taylorsville||North Carolina|
|WRCO||WRCO 107.7||Richland Center||Wisconsin|
|CHAW||Great Lakes Country 103||Little Current||Ontario|
|KWHW-FM||Real Country 93.5||Altus||Oklahoma|
|KWHW-AM||Real Country 1450||Altus||Oklahoma|
|KYYZ||Dakota Country 96.1||Williston||North Dakota|
|KEYZ||KEYZ Radio 660||Williston||North Dakota|
|WGGC||Goober 95.1||Bowling Green||Kentucky|
|KALH||Spectrum FM 95.1||Tularosa||New Mexico|
|KMAV||KMAV 105.5||Mayville||North Dakota|
|WEPG||The River 910||South Pittsburg||Tennessee|
|WGOL||Real Country 100.7||Russellville||Alabama|
|WKPQ||Kickin Country 105.3||Hornell||New York|
|WOCO||The All Heart Radio 107.1||Oconto||Wisconsin|
|WPYB||WPYB 1130||Benson||North Carolina|
|WFRY||Froggy 97||Watertown||New York|
|WELD-FM||WELD 101.7||Petersburg||West Virginia|
|WELD-AM||WELD 690||Petersburg||West Virginia|
|WIZS||WIZS 1450||Henderson||North Carolina|
|KCHS-AM||KCHS 1400||Truth Or Consequences||New Mexico|
|KCHS-FM||KCHS 101.9||Truth Or Consequences||New Mexico|
|KRAZ||KRAZy Country||Santa Maria||California|
|KSMA||KSMA 1240||Santa Maria||California|
|WQPC||WQPC 94||Prairie du Chien||Wisconsin|
|WDNB||WDNB 102.1||Jeffersonville||New York|
|WEIO||True Country 100.9 The Farm||Huntingdon||Tennessee|
|WTAB||WTAB 1370||Tabor City||North Carolina|
|WKRX||WKRX 96.7||Roxboro||North Carolina|
|WTNJ||WTNJ 105.9||Mt. Hope||West Virginia|
|WKGA||WKGA 97.5||Alexander City||Alabama|
The following College Radio Stations are playing the Drive Album!
|WERU||Acadia Community Radio||East Orland||Maine|
|KRZA||Alamosa Community Radio||Alamosa||Colorado|
|KBSU||Boise State Public Radio||Boise||Idaho|
|WBNY||Buffalo State College||Buffalo||New York|
|WDWN||Cayuga Community College||Auburn||New York|
|WSBF||Clemson University||Clemson||South Carolina|
|KCSU||Colorado State University||Fort Collins||Colorado|
|WSIA||CUNY Staten Island||Staten Island||New York|
|KEOL||Eastern Oregon University||La Grande||Oregon|
|WSOE||Elon College||Elon College||North Carolina|
|KAOS||Evergreen State College||Olympia||Washington|
|KDHX||Folk School||St. Louis||Missouri|
|WGMU||George Mason University||Fairfax||Virginia|
|KEUL||Glacier City Radio||Girdwood||Arkansas|
|KAFM||Grand Valley Community Radio||Grand Junction||Colorado|
|WHCL||Hamilton College||Clinton||New York|
|WHFR||Henry Ford Community College||Dearborn||Michigan|
|WRHU||Hofstra University||Hemstead||New York|
|WCHC||Holy Cross College||Worcester||Massachusetts|
|KBBI||Homer Community Radio||Homer||Alaska|
|WHWS||Hubart/William Smith College||Geneva||New York|
|KKCR||Kauai Community Radio||Hanalei||Hawaii|
|KTCV||Kennewick High School||Kennewick||Washington|
|WMXM||Lake Forest College||Lake Forest||Illinois|
|KLCZ||Lewis-Clark State College||Lewiston||Idaho|
|WMUL||Marshall University||Huntington||West Virginia|
|CHMR||Memorial University of Newfoundland||St. Johns||Newfoundland|
|MET||Met. State University of Denver||Denver||Colorado|
|KZMU||Moab Community Radio||Moab||Utah|
|KGLT||Montana State University||Bozeman||Montana|
|KMSC||Moorhead State University||Moorhead||Minnesota|
|WMCO||Muskingum University||New Concord||Ohio|
|WNIA||Nash Community College||Rocky Mount||North Carolina|
|KNSU||Nicholls State University||Thibodaux||Louisiana|
|KNDS||North Dakota State University||Fargo||North Dakota|
|WNSU||Nova Southeastern University||Fort Lauderdale||Florida|
|WPUR||Pacific University||Forest Grove||Oregon|
|KKSM||Palomar College||San Marcos||California|
|Radio Phoenix||Phoenix Center for the Arts||Phoenix||Arizona|
|WVIA||Pittston Public Radio||Pittston||Pennsylvania|
|KRFP||Radio Free Moscow||Moscow||Idaho|
|KMUD||Redway Community Radio||Redway||California|
|WXIN||Rhode Island College||Providence||Rhode Island|
|WLFR||Richard Stockton College of NJ||Galloway||New Jersey|
|WRRC||Rider University||Lawrenceville||New Jersey|
|WGLS||Rowan University||Glassboro||New Jersey|
|WXAV||Saint Xavier College||Chicago||Illinois|
|KSYM||San Antonio College td>||San Antonio||Texas|
|KSJS||San Jose State University||San Jose||California|
|SCAD||Savannah College of Art & Design||Atlanta||Georgia|
|KSLU||SE Louisiana University||Hammond||Louisiana|
|WSIN||Southern CT State||New Haven||Connecticut|
|WTCC||Springfield Technical Community College||Springfield||Massachusetts|
|WCVF||SUNY Fredonia||Fredonia||New York|
|WNYO||SUNY Oswego||Oswego||New York|
|KCR||University of California San Diego||San Diego||California|
|UMSL||University of Missouri||St. Louis||Missouri|
|WIPZ||University of Wisconsin - Parkside||Kenosha||Wisconsin|
|WSUP||University of Wisconsin - Platteville||Platteville||Wisconsin|
|KUWS||University of Wisconsin - Superior||Superior||Wisconsin|
|BearCast Radio||University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Ohio|
|xWUDR||University of Dayton||Dayton||Ohio|
|KWUH||University of Hartford||West Hartford||Connecticut|
|KTUH||University of Hawaii||Honolulu||Hawaii|
|KUOI||University of Idaho||Moscow||Idaho|
|KXUL||University of Louisiana at Monroe||Monroe||xLouisiana|
|WMUC||University of Maryland||College Park||Maryland|
|AM1700||University of Michigan||Ypsilanti||Michigan|
|KMNR||University of Missouri||Rolla||Missouri|
|KUNV||University of Nevada||Las Vegas||Nevada|
|WPTS||University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania|
|WDCE||University of Richmond||Richmond||Virginia|
|WMPG||University of Southern Maine||Portland||Maine|
|WUTK||University of Tennessee||Knoxville||Tennessee|
|CJAM||University of Windsor||Grosse Pointe||Michigan|
|WRST||University of Wisconsin||Oshkosh||Wisconsin|
|WVCW||Viginia Commonwealth University||Richmond||Virginia|
|WAYN||Wayne State University||Detroit||Michigan|
|WARY||Westchester Community College||Valhalla||New York|
|WIDR||Western Michigan University||Kalamazoo||Michigan|
|KWCW||Whitman College||Walla Walla||Washington|
|KQAL||Winona State University||Winona||Minnesota|
|KOJB||Wisconsin Public Broadcasting||Hayward||Wisconsin|
|WWSU||Wright State University||Dayton||Ohio|
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FULL ALBUM REVIEWS
"Drive is essentially everything that diehard country fans are looking for in a hot summer full-length LP and more. Propelled by mammoth-sized overdriven guitars and a songwriting style that aptly draws from a mixture of western, folk and classic rock influences, Schroder delivers some genuine treasures on this album."
"Drive is a masterpiece!"
Warlock Asylum - Read Full Review
"A meticulously crafted set of songs that have quintessential country elements with Schroder’s own unique spin on them."
"Richard Schroder is a country music storm cloud ready to break!"
TunedLoud - Read Full Review
"There are moments of songwriting virtuosity which, without a doubt, will help to boost this album to its rightful heights."
Buden Bay - Read Full Review
“Richard is a perfectionist country singer, which comes through strongly in each of his pieces. His great lyrics and sound urges us to continue listening and won’t let us stop.”
Music Industry News Network - Read Full Review
“On “Drive” Richard Schroder touches upon the true spirit of rock and roll with a great glorious rush of energy..”
Beach Sloth - Read Full Review
“This is a slice of country-pop in all the best traditions of modern radio-friendly tunes.”
(Ireland) Lonesome Highway - Read Full Review
“Drive features a collection of exciting songs with a timeless feel and unique take on genres as diverse as rock, country, and pop.”
The Band Camp Diaries - Read Full Review
“A mainstream pop rocker, that still has some country music built into it. It's energetic and catchy!”
Music Street Journal - Read Full Review
“A supremely polished country pop crossover album that bears repeated listening.”
“Nashville's Richard Schroder delivers top end country/rock through excellent sound and production on his album Drive.”
Modern Rock Review - Read Full Review
“Drive is a great Country journey that introduces us to a great new artist with an awesome potential.”
Vents Magazine - Read Full Review
"almost an angel" Single reviews
“As a modern day love song, it’s refreshing – classic yet new, poetic and accessible, and surprisingly (refreshingly) upbeat – the perfect contemporary country single.”
“Richard Schroder delivers on his new single Almost an Angel. He proves to be an underrated, talented artist in the country genre.”
"Wildest Dreams" Single reviews
"Wildest Dreams is a beautiful addition, a wonderful song with a full and vibrant musical set-up and a central sentiment that seeks to uplift and motivate you to aim a little higher."
"Because whether it’s the flawless musicianship, or the exceptional lyricism, or both along with all the rest of the awesomeness this song / artist have to offer your ears – something about Wildest Dreams is going to catch your attention and pull you right into the rest of its positive intentions."
"Listening to Wildest Dreams is less about fitting into a box and more about setting the tone when it comes to making confident decisions that will impact your life in an empowering way.
"Richard Schroder showcases to us just why he is the name to follow in the world of music with phenomenal vocals and a vibe that will keep with you for weeks and months to come."
"Drivin'" SINGLE REVIEWS
“An embracive track, that captures the mind, heart, and soul.”
Nataliez World - Read Full Review
“The lyrics of this country music by Richard Schroder are second to none.”
Skope Magazine - Read Full Review
“Schroder is a talented musician with a passion for great melodies and vibrant arrangements.”
The Bandcamp Diaries - Read Full Review
“Richard Schroder balances tenderness and determination on the fantastic “Drivin'”, a song that lingers in the mind with perfectly catchy infectious hooks.”
Beach Sloth - Read Full Review
“The country music world’s diamond in the rough."
Warlock Asylum - Read Full Review
“Great country sound, with a fullness that doesn’t skip a beat.”
Music Industry News Network - Read Full Review
“A contagious, memorable hook carries itself over a delicious sound bed of awesome guitar tones and radio-ready pop appeal.”
Middle Tennessee Music - Read Full Review
“Richard Schroder’s voice has a genuine, heartfelt tone – it’s an accessible sound, not claiming to be on some other plain to the listener, but rather, expressing as if this is precisely the kind of person they can relate to.”
Stereo Stickman - Read Full Review
“It feels like a classic right from the first play through its simple but effective hooks, addictive chorus, clean but impressive guitar lines, rock driven urgency and groove some country vibe.”
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“As a listener, you can’t help but feel the authenticity in Richard’s words.”
Ratings Game Music - Read Full Review