This Heart of Mine
When Rick Reuther begins to sing, heads turn! Sounds like Sinatra! Sounds like Bennett! These comparisons alone, while frequent, do not begin to capture the essence of Rick's stage presence and warmth when entertaining an audience of fans. From tender ballads to swinging grooves, this is a singer in command of his craft. This CD is a well chosen collection of big band standards, plus two of Reuther's original compositions; The title track 'This Heart of Mine' and 'You Know and I Know'. Some of West Michigan's finest musicians including Tom Hagen, Cherie Lynn, Dave Shock, Dave Wells and Bob Nixon are present along with guest vocalists. Reuther, who counts Bennett, Sinatra, Darrin and Cole as some of his vocal musical influences sings in a clear baritone with always intelligible lyrics. Born and raised primarily in Michigan, Rick began performing music at an early age. In addition to singing, Reuther has worked professionally as a composer, guitarist, actor and voice-over artist. After graduating from Michigan State University, Rick performed in clubs, hotels and resorts throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast. Two years in Los Angeles performing with the Astrid Cowan Trio preceded his return to Michigan and then Grand Rapids. Acting stints on Unsolved Mysteries, as well as in a host of local commercial productions followed. Rick has been a featured performer with: Take Five, Astrid Cowan Trio, Opening Act for Pat Paulson, Opening Act for the Four Freshman, Opening Act for O'Brien and Severa, Featured performer for Alticor in Seattle, San Francisco, Long Beach & Houston and at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.