Tennessee River Boys
The Tennessee River Boys’ roots are in Country Gospel, and Traditional Country Music. Their beautiful four-part harmonies leave audiences spellbound. They have played on the Grand Ole Opry stage with greats such as Lynn Anderson, Roy Clark, Brenda Lee, Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si, and many others. In 2016, they took home Entertainer of the Year (Gospel/Country Gospel) at the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, TN.
My musical journey began in church as a teenager, performing for the first time at my nephews baptism when I was thirteen. I sang in the youth choir and adult choirs throughout high school and was a member of the youth ensemble "Reflections" at our church. I decided to major in music at Mobile College and tried out for the group "AWANA" which was formed by Roger Breeland and later became the group "Truth". I was the tenor for that group for two years and then joined the Southern gospel group "Cornerstone" where I sang lead and baritone. I was with that group for two years as well and then later joined the gospel group "Port City Quartet" as lead singer. I was with Port City for six years before moving to Nashville and becoming the lead singer for the "Tennessee River Boys".
Michael Rich was born and raised in Barren Co. KY. As a child he was taken to gospel music concerts and fell in love with the Lord's music. At age 16 he was saved and joined the church. Shortly thereafter he organized his first all-male quartet and made his first recording six months later. Michael put the study of bass singing as a number 1 priority in his life. One of the great bass singers, London Parris, took Michael under his wing giving him private voice lessons and he attended The Blackwood Brothers School of Music. Michael has been singing the bass part now for over 33 years now adding his deep, rich, and clear bass voice to fill the bottom end of male quartet singing. Michael now lives just outside of Clarksville Tennessee with his wife Kris. He enjoys farming, going to church, and singing with The Tennessee River Boys.
I love serving the Lord, but unfortunately, I haven't spent the biggest part of my life doing that. Instead, I ran from the Lord's will for my life for a very long time. I felt the Lord's calling a long time ago, but I thought that I could do things better on my own. Boy, did I make a mess! But, by God's grace and mercy, He allowed me to come back home and serve Him. For the rest of my life on this earth, that is what I will do
I was born and raised to loving parents, surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Washington state. Great memories involve my family playing and singing together. From an early age my interests were piano and fiddle. All I've learned has been self taught, it's so fulfilling, and I'm grateful. Years have passed, miles of travel, countless stages, from little country churches and fairs, to the Grand Ole Opry. I count it priceless to share music and faith with every level singer and musician along the way. I love my gorgeous wife of 45 years, my loving family, including our 21 grand kids. To all my friends, and my church, "You Rock." "My Big Job," passing on the love for all kinds of music, to all y'all!! I am truly blessed, thank you Lord!