Richard Gladstone

Richard Gladstone

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

They say first impressions last. And that's particularly true when you check out indie artist Richard Gladstone's deep & charismatic voice. One listen to Gladstone's Pink Floyd-meets-Lou Reed-meets-Leonard Cohen vocal stylings and you won't soon forget him or his music.

Biography

Richard Gladstone is a man who has written a collection of really good songs. He loves rice and beans, has great hair (all his own) and wears red Doc Martens. What else do you need to know?

He has been writing since 1991, when he recorded a couple of demos that went the way of most demos.

He briefly worked at EMI Records as a receptionist, hoping that would be his "in" to the rock world. Pretty soon he saw that it was a ticket to earache and not much else, and since he wasn't independently wealthy, he came to the conclusion that he was going to have to get a real job if he wanted to eat more than iceberg lettuce for dinner every night.

He spent the next couple of years honing his writing and guitar skills while doing production work to pay the bills. In 1997 he produced a very cool demo in his home studio. That demo got him some gigs in NYC, but he fell into the NYC club Catch 22 - where one needs an established following to get more gigs, but one can't establish a following unless one is playing lots of gigs… Frankly, this whole setup sucked - so he went back into the studio, invited some other musicians in and produced his debut CD, UGLY.

"UGLY" is a collection of some of Gladstone's finest works. The title track is powerful and moving - a complex mix of moods that work brilliantly together. Close To You is simple and beautiful, and has "hit" written all over it. The classic rock of Idiots is angry-cool. It's On You, with its extreme dynamics is a powerful Grunge anthem. And if you need to, you can even find a hint of country influence in the surprising Another Happy New Year. All the songs are threaded through with Gladstone's unique vocal-stylings and edgy sound.

Now he is working on getting his music out to the people who need it - so take a listen and enjoy ...

Lyrics

Hear My Prayers

Written By: Richard Gladstone

Just a little boy …
walking down the street.
Smiling and proud to be …
Taking that stroll down the street.

Does he know how much I care?
Does he see how fast things can change?
Is he aware of all the pain?
Can he hear my prayers?

When he opens up his eyes …
to the world.
What will he really ever know …
at all?
He shouldn’t have to ever know it.

Don’t you see how much I care?
Can’t you see how fast things can change?
Are you aware of all the pain?
Can you hear my prayers?

Don’t you see how much I care?
Can’t you see how fast things can change?
Are you aware of all my pain?
Can you hear my prayers?

Hear my prayers.

Close to You

Written By: Richard Gladstone

have you said your prayers tonight?
did you say goodbye to all your friends?
did you think you’d know,
all you’ll ever know and ever be?

i’ll never leave you again

my love my love
my love mine’s low
and it’s my love that brings me close to you
yet it’s my life that keeps me away from you

should i say my prayers tonight?
should i say goodbye to all my friends?
this is all i know,
it’s all i’ll ever know and ever be

i’ll never leave you again

my love my love
my love mine’s low
and it’s my love that brings me close to you
yet it’s my life that keeps me away from you

Hello

Written By: Richard Gladstone

Call me,
and tell me how you’re doing.
Please call me,
I haven’t heard from you in a while.

Sometime
it would be nice to hear from you.
Someday,
it would be nice if you could stay with me.

You could stay with me
You should stay with me
You could stay with me

Too late,
it’s never too late,
to say hello,
And get caught up with life.

In life, you should say hello
You could say
You should say hello

Goodbye,
we never got to say it.
So long,
I guess it’s so long,
for now.

Discography

Ugly (1998)
Another Happy New Year (EP - 1999)
Kids (coming soon...)

Set List

45 minutes
Originals