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He is the 2010-2011 Grand Champion of American Country Star and Colorado's winner for 2010-2011 Country Strong Competition. Richie competed in and finished TOP 40 American Idol out of 132,000 entrants in 2012. In 2013 he won 1st place in his division of the Colorado You've Got Talent competition. He is a Nashville recording artist, with Richie Law EP released as his demo album. Richie has been writing and plans to finalize a full album in the near future. He has openings for major country artists including Bill Dean, Jewell, Sawyer Brown, and charity events with country superstars Darius Rucker, Darryl Worley, and Michael Martin Murphey. A big supporter of our Troops, he enjoys performing for the soldiers and their families. In 2012 he was 'coined' by the Rocky Mountain USO for entertaining the Troops at Fort Carson. In 2013 he is partnering with Forward Operating Base (FOB) Colorado to raise awareness and donations to support outdoor adventures for wounded and active military and their families.
Richie was born in Kennesaw, GA on April 27, 1992. Surrounded by a family filled with musical talent, Richie sang in complete sentences before he spoke in complete sentences. He began singing harmony at 4. He has lived in Colorado for the last 15 years. At 7 years of age, he had a tumor removed from his chest. This modest young man dismisses it as 'God was just making room for the gift of this voice.' He was also a 2011 CO Allstate Jazz Choir and the 2011 CO Allstate Choir member. As an opera scholarship recipient, Richie was a member of the Nebraska Wesleyan University Emmy-nominated University Choir and toured with them in 2012 until leaving the choir to pursue American Idol. At the start of his sophomore year, he decided to return to Colorado, enrolled in Full Sail University, and is focusing on his career as a country artist and performing for fans.
He was a member of the 2010 International Gold Medal Barbershop Youth Chorus Grand Champions 52Eighty. He was also a 2011 member of Sound of the Rockies, the internationally 3rd ranked men's barbershop chorus. Since returning to Colorado, Richie continues to perform with the chorus as his schedule permits.
So, how did the choir geek go country? He's always been country. He sang Boot Scootin' Boogie on the radio at age 4 for a DJ named Rhubarb Jones in Atlanta and never stopped singing country. His band, Southern Routes, is headed by his award winning song writer dad, Chuck Lawson. Richie is a man with a heart for Christ and also sings in the small church where his dad heads the music program.
He is an avid hunter, fisherman, and harvested his first buck in October 2010. 'He can skin a buck and run a trot line,' as Hank Jr. would say.
Richie believes that it is not our challenges that define us; it's how we handle them that make us who we are.
Most of all, Richie loves to perform. He is happiest when he is with his fans and singing all-American songs. His dynamic style is hugely entertaining, but you'll soon fall in love with this baby faced 6'5 southern gentleman.