Richard Simpson - Songwriter / Producer
Silent Stranger® is an Independent rock band with origins in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, where the band began as Generation in 1982 and changed their name to Stylus in 1985 after a short break-up. Playing gigs around their local area, they also wrote original material during this time and some of these were played live at their gigs. One of the members had to move in July 1987 due to his job. Meanwhile Richard found out in Oct 1987 he would also be moving for his job in July 1988, so in the spring of 1988 they decided to record some of their original songs in a local studio.
Richard had been writing songs since High School in the ‘70’s and kept writing during the ‘80’s and after he moved in 1988, but never had the resources to get past the demo stage of recording.
In the summer of 2012 while living in Long Sault, Ontario, Canada, Richard began to make music videos using the audio from the 1988 demo versions of “Make Way For the Ladies” and “Something About a Dream” to put on YouTube under the name Silent Stranger®.
In 2014 Richard began finding different music platforms on the internet, which introduced him to many bands and artists, as well as internet-based Independent radio stations, which Richard submitted his demo versions of “Make Way For the Ladies” and “Something About a Dream” for airplay under his YouTube name Silent Stranger®. These songs began to get favourable reviews from the listeners of these Independent radio stations. Richard also found that many of the bands and artists had songs that were recorded to a high standard. Knowing there were technical and musical errors in his demos and would need a complete re-recording to correct these, Richard began re-arranging and, in some cases, rewrote parts of his demos by adding new music and new lyrics, in order to have his songs recorded up to the same standard. In the spring of 2015, he began booking studio time and studio musicians to get his demos and new songs recorded.
Some of these songs are now available on the 10 song debut album from Silent Stranger® at CD Baby, for preview or to purchase by selecting the link below.
Silent Stranger® comes from an earlier, more disciplined age of music, which explains why there are real instruments and strong production values attached to his work.
Foundation influences compel a higher standard of composition and musicianship than is normally the case for an independent artist.
Silent Stranger® emphasizes on great songwriting, tight instrumentation and beautiful cascading harmonies.
The songs have a timeless nature that classic/melodic rock fans will love to have in their collection.
The music comes at you like the last thing heard before a new reality overtakes your senses, it will burn bright in your mind long after the ear is quiet once more.