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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 370,000 streams and his songs are featured on Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify’s Discover Weekly, Spotify Radio and more than 1,400 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.

An amazingly talented singer-songwriter...Richard Schroder showed with his first single “Drivin’” that he’s going to be “cruising” the country radio airwaves for years to come. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
— Mike Thomas, Program/Music Director KWRE/KFAV Radio (Missouri)

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The songwriting is first rate, the singing is emotional and expressive and the players on Richard Schroder’s new recording are simply sensational.
— Steve Seskin, Hit Songwriter (Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Waylon Jennings)
 
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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.

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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 350,000 listens on Spotify. Over 5,000 people to date have saved his songs and Richard’s music now has a place on over 1,400 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.”

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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. “When Matt first sent me this song I just loved it, and I felt I had to take a shot at it myself.”

“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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radio

One trend that will never go out of style in Country music is good songwriting and Richard has that locked down.
— Greg Almond, PD/WGGC Goober 95.1, Bowling Green (Kentucky)

Find radio stations near you playing songs from the Drive album.

Click the map points for radio station links to request "Wildest Dreams" on Facebook and Twitter!

I’m excited to hear what Richard comes out with next! Drivin’ is a fun, easy to relate to tune that you just can’t help but turn up and sing while drivin’!
— Alexandria Hardy, General Manager KYYK/KNET/KKHA/KBYC (Texas)

KINO           KINO Radio 1230 Winslow Arizona
KDOL The Wolf Radio 105.5                  Livingston   Texas
KAGH Crossett Radio 104.9 Crossett Arkansas
KVLV KVLV 980     Fallon Nevada
WIKQ WIKQ 103.1     Greeneville Tennessee
KCLQ KCLQ 107.9 Camdenton Missouri
WNKX Kix 96     Centerville Tennessee
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
WMEV WMEV FM94!     Marion Virginia
WEAG-FM Eagle Country! 106.3     Starke Florida
WEAG-AM Eagle Country! 1490     Starke Florida
WGRV WGRV 1340     Greenville Tennessee
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
KLOA KLOA 1240     Ridgecrest California
KMAV KMAV 105.5      Mayville North Dakota
KRJB KRJB 106.5     Ada Minnesota
KVAY KVAY 105.7     Lamar Colorado
KXOX-AM KXOX 1240     Sweetwater Texas
KXOX-FM KXOX 96.7     Sweetwater Yexas
KYYK KYYK 98.3     Palestine Texas
WAIN WAIN 93.5     Columbia Kentucky
WDKN WDKN 101.5     Dickson Tennessee
WEPG The River 910     South Pittsburg Tennessee
WFLE-AM WFLE 1060     Flemingsburg Kentucky
WFLE-FM WFLE 95.1     Flemingsburg Kentucky
WGOL Real Country 100.7     Russellville Alabama
WIHE WIHE 101.3     Liberty Kentucky
WJJM-AM WJJM 1490     Lewisburg Tennessee
WJJM-FM WJJM 94.3     Lewisburg Tennessee
WJSN WJSN 97.3     Jackson Kentucky
WKPQ Kickin Country 105.3     Hornell New York
WOCO The All Heart Radio 107.1     Oconto Wisconsin
WOJB WOJB 88.9     Hayward Wisconsin
WPYB WPYB 1130     Benson North Carolina
WSDQ WSDQ 1190     Jasper Tennessee
WSGS WSGS 101.1     Hazard Kentucky
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
WEBQ WEBQ 1240     Harrisburg Illinois
KCHS-AM KCHS 1400  Truth Or Consequences New Mexico
KCHS-FM KCHS 101.9   Truth Or Consequences New Mexico
WJLE-AM WJLE 1480     Smithville Tennessee
WJLE-FM WJLE 101.7     Smithville Tennessee
KRAZ KRAZy Country     Santa Maria California
WDHR WDHR 93.1     Pikeville Kentucky
WCON-AM WCON 1450     Cornelia Georgia
WCON-FM WCON 99.3     Cornelia Georgia
KSMA KSMA 1240     Santa Maria California
KCJC KCJC 102.3     Russellville Arkansas
KFAV KFAV 99.9     Warrenton Missouri
KPQX KPQX 92.5     Havre Montana
WQPC WQPC 94     Prairie du Chien Wisconsin
WMCI WMCI 101.3     Neoga Illinois
KWCK KWCK 99.9     Searcy Arkansas
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
WRBC Bates College Lewiston Maine
KBSU Boise State Public Radio Boise Idaho
WBOR Bowdoin College Brunswick Maine
WBNY Buffalo State College Buffalo New York
WDWN Cayuga Community College Auburn New York
KSCL Centenary College Shreveport Louisiana
WSBF Clemson University Clemson South Carolina
WMHB Colby College Waterville Maine
KCSU Colorado State University Fort Collins Colorado
KSSU CSU Sacramento Sacramento California
WSIA CUNY Staten Island Staten Island New York
WDCV Dickinson College Carlisle Pennsylvania
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
WRKC Kings College Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania
WMXM Lake Forest College Lake Forest Illinois
WLAS Laselle College Newton Massachusetts
WLFM Lawrence University Appleton Wisconsin
KLCZ Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston Idaho
KLPI Louisiana Tech Ruston Louisiana
KWLC Luther College Decorah Iowa
WMUL Marshall University Huntington West Virginia
CHMR Memorial University of Newfoundland St. Johns Newfoundland
MET Met. State University of Denver Denver Colorado
WRMC Middlebury College Middlebury Vermont
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
WSYC Shippensburg University Shippensburg Pennsylvania
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
WRTC Trinity College Hartford Connecticut
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
WUSO Whittenberg University Springfield Ohio
KQAL Winona State University Winona Minnesota
KOJB Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Hayward Wisconsin
WWSU Wright State University Dayton Ohio
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Press

 

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Vents Magazine - Read Full Review

Middle Tennessee Music - Read Full Review

Metronome Magazine - Read Full Review

 

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."

No Depression - Read Full Review

 

"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."

Skope Magazine - Read Full Review

 

"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.”

Americana UK

 

“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.”

Stereo Stickman - Read Full Review

“Richard Schroder delivers on his new single Almost an Angel. He proves to be an underrated, talented artist in the country genre.”

Digital Journal - Read Full Review

"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."

Stereo Stickman - Read Full Review

 

"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."

SleepingBagStudios - Read Full Review

 

"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.

XTRAWAVE - Read Full Review

 

"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."

Sound of Now - Read Full Review

 

"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.”

Dancing About Architecture - Read Full Review

 

“As a listener, you can’t help but feel the authenticity in Richard’s words.”

Ratings Game Music - Read Full Review