Originally from Maryland, Richard Jacques, a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, is a master at captivating crowds wherever he performs. He has established a solid reputation with his longstanding gigs at top-notch venues in New York, Nashville, New Mexico, Texas, and even China. Rich is a weekly headliner at the newly-opened Sinatra Bar and Lounge in Nashville. On Friday evenings, he can be found serenading the guests at the Nashville City Club in the heart of the city. Additionally, he is the lead vocalist for the Twilight Train band, Nashville's most popular high-energy Neil Diamond tribute group.
With a voice that resonates like smoke and whiskey, Rich has been entertaining audiences for more than two decades. He has a remarkable ability to cater to diverse groups of people with his versatility, playing solo with his guitar, with his band, or as part of a larger stage show production. His performances in intimate settings are as captivating as his shows in front of adoring crowds.
Rich considers himself a big band crooner and saloon singer, influenced by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, and Dean Martin. He also has developed a popular solo show with his guitar where he performs the timeless rock, standards, and country hits of of the the past 60 years. He's always striving to improve his craft and give his audience the best possible show.
“When they're happy, I'm happy,” he says.
A former U.S. Marine and Texas Tech University graduate, he has had a diverse range of roles over the years.
He's played leading parts in New York stage productions, such as Grease (Danny Zuko), The 1940's Radio Hour (Johnny Cantone), and The Elvis '68 Comeback Special Show. Rich has been a movie extra and an emcee for the Miss America organization. Rich has also held longstanding gigs at various restaurants and hot spots in New York City, New Mexico, and even in resort locations on China's Hainan Island in the South China Sea. He spent three years as the featured act and “the voice” of Christina's, a popular restaurant in Texas, where he built a loyal following of regulars. He was the featured performer at the Pasta Cafe locations in New Mexico, a gig he held for nearly three years.