Richard Cortez

Richard Cortez

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

singer-songwriter richard cortez weaves a unique blend of his off-color humor, heart-wrenching ballads and upbeat anthems for an unforgettable show that surprisingly can please just about any audience.

Biography

singer-songwriter richard cortez weaves a unique blend of his off-color humor, heart-wrenching ballads and upbeat anthems for an unforgettable show that surprisingly can please just about any audience.

since founding his independent record label, wollenberg records, in the fall of 2004, folk rocker richard cortez has been taking the indie music scene by storm one busted guitar string at a time. named best of south florida’s male entertainer of the year ’07, cortez has appeared most recently at ft. lauderdale, charlotte, south carolina and milwaukee pride festivals with legendary musicians and television personalities like rupaul, kathy griffin, joan rivers, bruce vilanch, patti labelle and melissa ferrick. from his 10 years of experience performing his original material live in front of captive audiences nationwide to his in-house brand management team that handles all graphic design, richard cortez is truly a musical package that can’t be missed.

when richard cortez takes the stage, he doesn’t just “sing” his original material— he performs it! recalling every bittersweet heartache or laugh-out-loud life experience with an earnestness and sincerity as if it had just happened to him, richard cortez truly raises the standard for what an audience member should expect in a world filled with aspiring singer-songwriters. having played both intimate coffee house stages and power house festivals with crowds by the thousand, richard cortez’s versatile and unique presentation of his award-winning and critically acclaimed material (and the occasion unexpected cover song) is perfect for nearly every venue.

richard’s albums

known mostly for his infamous first single, craving something beautiful, which appeared on cortez’s first full-length studio album, it was clear from the get-go that richard cortez was not your average recording artist. the record, appropriately entitled “craving something beautiful,” started appearing for sale online and in small gay retail shops in the summer of ’05, and has become somewhat of a gay folk cult classic. lyrically raw and uncensored, the album showcases the voice of a heartbroken but determined cortez striving to find meaning in the crowded streets of new york city as he leaves the only love hes ever known.

almost immediately after releasing his debut musical effort, richard embarked on his first tour with friend and cellist greg bortnichak of sparta philharmonic. the tour consisted of an intimate array of coffee houses and dive bars along the east coast. it was this high level of intimacy and performance quality that brought to the table the idea of recording a live album similar to the likes of these shows. on june 16th, 2005, in a room filled with only his closest friends, richard cortez recorded his sophomore record, live @ the red room. this personal and musically profound follow up to his debut record showcases new and improved renditions of pre-wollenberg records compositions, songs off craving something beautiful, and raw first takes of songs off “he loves me not.” with material spanning his entire career as a writer and musical arrangements that will leave you breathless, this high-energy album is the perfect introduction to what richard cortez really has to offer as a live performer.

in the spring of 2008, the folks at wollenberg rediscovered tracks from a five-song EP entitled he loves me not, which was shelved due to a loss of essential music files. a burned cd of the five songs in their rawest form luckily resurfaced and the low-fi tracks were released as a free download—a “gift” to all of richard’s loyal fan base. we are proud to announce that hundreds of people have downloaded the album all over the world and the album is still receiving extremely positive feedback.

in 2010, richard cortez explored the darker side of his music on his highly anticipated second full-length studio album sleeping with strangers—with a rock n’ roll flare. from its catchy and radio-friendly pop songs like “be alright” to the dark depths of its heart-wrenching title track “sleeping with strangers,” this all-encompassing autobiographical memoir tugs at the heart strings of anyone who has ever woke up hung over, heart broken and alone.

in 2012, richard cortez rocked the pride festival circuit, performing with well known “out” artists like tom goss (www.tomgossmusic.com) and eric himan (www.erichiman.com). along the way, he was able to put together a small intimate house concert where he set up his recording gear and thus came the birth of “lived in : a live richard cortez recording”, cortez’ 1st live album in 6 years.

wollenberg records catapulted into multi-media full force with the release of "for the record."

for the record follows the making of [rec]ord in documentary format. filmed and edited by wollenberg records founder, richard cortez, this fast paced & fun high energy footage includes tell-all interviews with the wollenberg records team, footage of the tumu

Lyrics

craving something beautiful

Written By: richard cortez

craving something beautiful

remember that one time
i played you a few songs of mine
i was blushing you were impressed
you sure were something special
you said you wanted more
and before i knew it we both were undressed...yeah

you hung around a few times
the feeling was sublime
we fell asleep with no clothes on
your body was so close
i thought i heard you speak
but in the morning i saw you crawling out of my bed...
and..

you don't have to explain it
put your clothes back on - i'll look the other way
i'm not gonna beg you for more...
i'm not gonna ask you to stay...

but next time you're craving something beautiful
and you're humming one of my old tunes
know i was more than willing to love you
and we'd waste the day away
smoking pot and watching cartoons

it's not supposed to be this hard
it's supposed to be a routine
in which i forget your name
but still what's left to be seen...

is why i'm still standing here
your cars already driven out of sight
why i'm still standing here
because i need it
because it felt so right...

remember the last time
we knew nothing would be just fine
and i fell apart at your feet
you said you wanted something
a little less intense
a little more... discreet?

well.

you don't have to explain it
put your clothes back on - i'll look the other way
i'm not gonna beg you for more...
i'm not gonna ask you to stay...

but next time you're craving something beautiful
and you're humming one of my old tunes
know i was more than willing to love you
and we'd waste the day away
smoking pot and watching cartoons

it's not supposed to be this hard
it's supposed to be a routine
in which i forget your name
but still what's left to be seen...

is why i'm still standing here
your cars already driven out of sight
why i'm still standing here
because i need it
because it felt so...

you don't have to explain it
put your clothes back on - i'll look the other way
i'm not gonna beg you for more...
i'm not gonna ask you to stay...

but next time you're craving something beautiful
and you're humming one of my old tunes
know i was more than willing to love you
and we'd waste the day away
smoking pot and watching cartoons

implode

Written By: richard cortez



implode

take what's yours
leave what's mine
and do not say goodbye
what's the use of the word if it's just going to leave me high and dry

and i know what you're thinking
and i know what you're saying
and i know what you're going to try
so just save it this time

for somebody who cares
for somebody who's there when i am gone

in a way what i feel is though i've run too far
when the distance between us is only as near as you are
and i don't wanna be alone
i don't wanna act so grown up
i don't wanna eat a thing
cause i'm just gonna throw it up

i can't stomach this love
that i'm not a part of

and i think i'm going to implode

i was like a trained dog doing tricks for your half hearted smile
you were passed out unconscious and drowning in your own bile
you were dry heaving and i was leaving
and you were sorry but i was grieving

for the things that were said
then i put you to bed and i hoped that you would wake up

by the end i was something that you would've sold for a fix
or pulled out at a party with your pipe like i was a bag of tricks
but i was a rag doll that you swung around
and now i'm broken and all over town

sorry i can't save you now
i've run out of ways how

and i think i'm gonna implode

this is not an apology
because i don't feel bad
and if i was wrong to write songs
i guess i'm glad that you're mad

and each time i play the guitar
each time i'm in a dark bar
each time i'm coming apart on the interstate
i know it's you who's to blame
and though i won't be the same
when someone else says your name
i know i'll die...

be alright

Written By: richard cortez

"be alright"

well, it's 3 o'clock in the afternoon
and i'm just starting to drink with a friend
yeah, the party's just begun
and i am not sure if it's going to end

well, the city's coming at me with those bright shining lights
the kind that make you wanna get up and go
and the drinks are two for one all night
and we'll stumble home in the day light
then do the 9 to 5 like a pro

and i said "it looks like we're gonna be alright"
oh, i said "it looks like we're gonna be alright"

ya see, i've got this notion
to cause a commotion
and party like it's going out of style
oh, it's a chain reaction
one taste of satisfaction
and already you've begun to smile

and i said "it looks like we're gonna be alright"
oh, i said "it looks like we're gonna be..."

baby, if you could only see
just how truly good good times can be

maybe we could...

tear up the town like bandits
we'll leave a mark in every bar that we crash
it'll be like bumper cars meets refer madness
i'll be june carter you'll be johnny cash
and we'll make history
oh baby, you and me
we're gonna be alright...

Discography

craving something beautiful - (wollenberg records, '05)

live @ the red room - (wollenberg records, '06)

he loves me not (wollenberg records, '08)

sleeping with strangers (wollenberg records,'10)

lived in : a live richard cortez recording (wollenberg records, '12)

(rec)ord (wollenberg records '12)

Set List

set lists will vary upon performance time slot, venue and targeted audience.

below is an example of a standard richard cortez set list.

set list

if it weren't for me
be alright
greg's song
the next best thing
(untitled)
wilton dr.
over, again
the song for when everyone's gone
a la mode
missing
sleeping with strangers
craving something beautiful
animal crackers