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From the Canadian Jewish News

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From the North Toronto Post

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Richard Samuels started playing the violin when he was three. In his early teens, he switched to the piano. By his high school years, he had picked up the guitar and was playing typical high school rock music.

“And the rest is history,” he laughed.

The Bathurst-Wilson resident has recently released his second album, Now, which is available in stores across Canada.

All 14 tracks were written by Samuels. The album was recorded in Toronto’s Comfort Sound and The Lab.

“My first album was sort of an experiment,” he said. “When I had to come up with a title for this album, there’s a song on it called Now. I decided on that because I felt like now, I’ve arrived.”

Samuels came to Toronto from Edmonton eight years ago to attend the Trebas Institute, which specializes in the business and technical side of record production.

Samuels says his music style can only be described as eclectic. “I have my pop side. I have my country side. I’ve even done a song with Latin flavor,” he said.

Samuels’ musical tastes are eclectic as well. His favourite musical artists include James Taylor, Sade, Elton John and Bonnie Raitt.

He’s often inspired to write or play when he listens to music, especially when it’s live.

He sings, plays guitar and keyboards, but piano is still his favourite musical instrument. “It’s my most comfortable and my most passionate,” he said.

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Hearing Is Believing – Edmonton News

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Country Wave – Review of Now

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“Any fans of the flavor and country-rock sounds of early Jackson Browne, Eagles, or CSNY will love this guy. A hot singer with a fine sandpaper quality to this voice. All 14 radio-ready cuts feature lyrics in the forefront with rock solid lead vocals and fat harmonies, backed by tight players. Highlights include the opener Steel Blue Dress and the recent singles Talk About Love, and Runnin’ Away, plus the combo of acoustic pickin’ and cello on the ballad Wild One, and the blues-edged slide of Eyes of a Woman. Many arrangements are simple yet dramatic. Check the rich voices, acoustic rhythm and sax break on the title song. The less predictable chord forms and melody on Maybe You Know Me, (a sort of Paul Simon approach) adds a nice change of pace, though hard-core country fans may pass on this track. Ontario’s Richard Samuels has the pipes, material and a good album. He’s bound for bigger things.”

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