Touted as one of the best guitar players in the world, Richie Kotzen also possesses a
voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and is highly regarded as a gifted
songwriter. Richie has had an incredible journey into the world of music.
With guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Kotzen has
built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. During
that span, he has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found
himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, ranging
from Pop/Rock bands like Poison and Mr. Big to Jazz/Fusion groups like Vertu featuring
Kotzen and Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Working with these artists has
provided Richie with a great deal of in-studio experience, as well as the opportunity to
tour the world, introducing him to an international audience. In fact, his immense popularity
overseas led Kotzen to one of his greatest honors - touring as the opening act on the Japanese
leg of the Rolling Stones' 2006 "A Bigger Bang Tour".
A prolific songwriter, Richie has written several songs that have gone on to become hit
singles around the world. His song "Stand." written while a member of Poison, reached the
top 20 on the Billboard charts. As the lead single off of their album NATIVE TONGUE, "Stand"
was the catalyst for the album reaching platinum status. While with Mr. Big, Richie also
enjoyed another milestone, having his song "Shine" reach #1 in both Europe and Japan.