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Kim Richey

Kim Richey
Kim Richey in Cambridge, MA, 2002
Background information
Birth name Kimberly Kay Richey
Born (1956-12-01) December 1, 1956 (age 59)
Origin Kettering, Ohio, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels Mercury Nashville, Lost Highway, Vanguard, Lojinx

Kimberly Kay "Kim" Richey (born in 1956 in Zanesville, Ohio) is an American singer/songwriter. Though her work fits into the general country music category, her sound is not easily categorized. Her songs have been hits on both the country and pop charts. She has often been described as an Americana artist.

Her 1995 self-titled debut album provided her first country hit, "Just My Luck", as well as the follow-up "Those Words We Said" (which was also covered that same year by Trisha Yearwood). Her follow-up album, 1996's Bitter Sweet featured a more pop-oriented sound.

In 1997, "Let the Sun Fall Down" (from her debut album) was featured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, "Never Kill A Boy On The First Date" (episode 1.05). Although Richey did not appear in concert in the episode (as Velvet Chain did), her song played over the episode's emotional climax, in the penultimate scene.

In 1999, "Come Around" (from her album "Glimmer") was used in the movie "For Love of the Game"[1] starring Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston and John C. Reilly.[2]

She has also had significant success as a songwriter for others. She collaborated with Radney Foster on "Nobody Wins" and co-wrote Trisha Yearwood's hit "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)". Maura O'Connell covered her song "Every River".

Richey provided backing vocals on "Come Pick Me Up" on the 2000 debut album Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams.

In 2003 her track "A Place Called Home" was featured in Dawson's Creek on season 6, episode 21, and also in 2004 in episode 16 of season 5, "Shells", of the Angel television series as well as the season 2, episode 6 episode of Alias television series, "Salvation". The song later appeared on the Angel soundtrack, Live Fast Die Never. Her album Chinese Boxes, was released on July 10, 2007 with her new single "Jack and Jill".

On 7 July 2007, she performed in Washington at Live Earth.

"Wreck Your Wheels" was released in 2010.

After living in England for three years, Kim Richey returned to the US. Richey continues to perform and released "Thorn In My Heart" in 2013.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Folk
Kim Richey 72
Bitter Sweet
  • Release date: March 4, 1997
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
  • Release date: August 3, 1999
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
The Collection
  • Release date: May 18, 2004
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
Chinese Boxes
Wreck Your Wheels
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Thirty Tigers US, Lojinx (Europe)
Thorn in My Heart 55 26 20
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Country CAN Country CAN AC
1995 "Just My Luck" 47 36 Kim Richey
"Those Words We Said" 59 50
1996 "From Where I Stand" 66
1997 "I Know" 72 71 Bitter Sweet
1999 "Come Around" 64 Glimmer
2000 "The Way It Never Was"
2002 "The Circus Song (Can't Let Go)" Rise
2007 "Jack and Jill" Chinese Boxes
2013 "Come On" Thorn in My Heart

Music videos

Year Video Director
1995 "Just My Luck"[3] Dani Jacobs
"Those Words We Said"[4] Pamela Springsteen
1997 "I Know"[5] Luke Scott
2000 "The Way It Never Was"[6] Jude Weng
2007 "Jack and Jill"[7] Stephanie B. Keane

Major songwriting contributions

Year Artist Song Album Collaborator
1992 Radney Foster "Nobody Wins" Del Rio, TX 1959 Radney Foster
1993 Dixie Chicks "Desire" Shouldn't a Told You That Steve Kolander
1994 Steve Kolander "Can't Undo What's Been Done" Steve Kolander
1995 George Ducas "In No Time at All" George Ducas George Ducas
Radney Foster "If It Were Me" Labor of Love Radney Foster
Trisha Yearwood "Those Words We Said" Thinkin' About You Angelo
"Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" Everybody Knows Angelo & Larry Gottlieb
1997 Patty Loveless "That's Exactly What I Mean" Long Stretch of Lonesome Tia Sillers
Mindy McCready "You'll Never Know" If I Don't Stay the Night Angelo
1998 Suzy Bogguss "From Where I Stand" Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt Tia Sillers
Terri Clark "I'm Alright" How I Feel Angelo & Larry Gottlieb
1999 Jim Lauderdale "It's Just Like You" Onward Through It All Jim Lauderdale
Mindy McCready "Lucky Me" I'm Not So Tough Tommy Lee James & Jennifer Kimball
Lorrie Morgan "Here I Go Again" My Heart (sole writer)
2000 Terri Clark "Last Thing I Wanted" Fearless Mary Chapin Carpenter
Trisha Yearwood "Where Are You Now" Real Live Woman
2001 Brooks & Dunn "Every River" Steers & Stripes Angelo & Tom Littlefield
2007 The Greencards "I Don't Want to Lose You" Viridian Mike Henderson
"Travel On"


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