ABOUT RICHARD TORRANCE
Around The U.S.A. and Back Again.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Richard Torrance made his way back to North Dakota by way of California and Las Vegas. Relocating to Southern California soon after graduating from high school, Richard sought to pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist.
He signed his first recording contract with Shelter Records, Leon Russell’s label, in 1972. He recorded three albums for them before moving on to his second contract with Capitol Records in 1975.
His first of four albums for Capitol, "Bareback", produced his song, "Rio de Janeiro Blue". "Rio" has achieved international acclaim and has been recorded by several other artists, as well.
Richard and his band opened for some of the most famous classic rock groups in the world, such as Little Feat, Kansas, Taj Mahal, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, Chicago, The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon, Loggins and Messina, The Kinks, Average White Band, Pablo Cruise, and Aerosmith, to name a few.
After leaving Capitol records in 1979, Richard moved north to Ojai, California, and focused on building a home recording studio, producing local talent, and continuing to write music. He stayed there for many years, raising a family and touring the west coast.
In 2004 he returned to his hometown in North Dakota where he focuses his time on songwriting, studio recording, producing, and mentoring young musicians.
You can learn more about Richard at www.richardtorrance.com.