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Rising Stars: Meet Rick Monroe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Monroe. 

Hi Rick, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I was born in Florida but grew up in a variety of places that includes California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, even England. I think that because we moved frequently that really helped me develop an outgoing personality. Those experiences early in my life are the foundation of my love of touring and it’s the catalyst for songs like “Gypsy Soul”. 

I finally settled in Nashville where I really dove into the writing side of things. I independently charted several songs, “Great Mind’s Drink Alike”, “This Side of You”, and “Fire’s Out”. The “Great Minds” music video and “This Side of You” Lyric video have logged over 1,000,000 views on YouTube and streams without any curated playlist have reached 850,000 and growing. 

I approached Jägermeister about including country music in their music sponsorship program. That meeting led to an opportunity to be their brand ambassador for seven years, touring with acts like Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Pat Green, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, and Lee Brice. I’ve opened for Country Music Legends Charlie Daniels, The Oakridge Boys, Dwight Yocum, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, and more as well as entertained for the USO and AFE. This has allowed me to perform in 19 countries and every state in the United States. 

Recently we finished a new album produced by Malcom Springer. The first song we released was “God’s Ear” and we’ve partnered with St. Jude and will donate 50% of all “God’s Ear ” digital sales to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing in this industry is a smooth road. I guess it’s why they call it chasing the dream. You’re trying to create something out of nothing and then figure out how to market it to everyone. As an independent artist we have a lot of freedom, but we also must be creative and work twice as hard to accomplish things. I think the biggest difficulty is that I choose not to be pigeonholed. I’ve covered The Allman Brothers, Halestorm, and even Motorhead. We’ve always worked outside the system. My extensive travel has given me such a diverse love of music which heavily influences the choices I make, which don’t always fall into that typical Nashville sound. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I make my living making music. Being an independent artist, you end up wearing so many different hats. You are a writer, performer, manager, agent, publicity, social media, roadie, the list is endless. 

Choosing music as a career has allowed me to be philanthropic which is something that is important to me. I have been able to work with some incredible organizations like the USO, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude, Safe Haven, and Team Gamez. I have a platform to raise awareness and I try to do so as often as possible. 

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Someone asked me if I wanted to be successful or famous and I said successful. He told me I answered correctly. Fame is fleeting, but success allows you to do what you love and make it a career. 

This business isn’t easy. Your love for music must be the biggest reason you are doing it. There are so many challenges that you must maintain that foundation because there will be sometimes that it will be the only thing that will carry you through. 

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