The Tony Rich Project (born Antonio Jeffries Jr. on November 19, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) is an R&B singer who achieved in his biggest hit song to date back in the ’90s.
Tony first attracted attention through the production team of Tim & Bob who convinced Perri Reid (also known as R&B singer Pebbles, who was then the wife of L.A. Reid) to listen to Tony over the phone.
He was later hired as a house songwriter for LaFace Records, writing songs for artists such as Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men & TLC and was later signed to the record label as a solo artist.
In January of 1996, Tony released his debut single “Nobody Knows” (under the name “The Tony Rich Project”) which became a hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #11 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart.
It also peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart, #7 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and topped Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song was later covered by country music artist Kevin Sharp.
During that same year, he released his debut album “Words” which peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also managed to chart at #27 on the U.K. Albums chart.
Tony’s debut album and single were both certified Platinum and in 1996, he won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Album.”
The follow-up single from the album “Like a Woman” peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, #42 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, #30 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, #28 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart and #24 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award.
The last single released from the album “Leavin'” peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #53 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
In 1998, Tony released his sophomore album “Birdseye.” Even though the album was critically praised, it failed to chart on the Billboard 200 and managed to peak at #66 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The only single released from the album “Silly Man” failed to chart at all. During that same year, Tony commissioned a few remixes for the Spice Girls’ song “Viva Forever.”
After the release of his second album, Tony Rich appeared to have faded into obscurity, but in 2003, he returned to the music scene with his third album “The Resurrected” which featured Rich playing guitar & singing smooth ballads.
In 2006, Tony released his fourth album “Pictures” which was considered a return to his earlier works. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
In 2008, he released his fifth album “Exist” on the Hidden Beach Recordings record label which peaked at #31 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and featured the download-only single “Part the Waves.”
In 2013, Tony released his latest album to date “Speak Me” which features the singles “Breaking Glass” and “Fade Away.” As of 2017, it’s currently unknown whether or not Tony plans on releasing new music any time soon.
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