Townsend’s Richard Has Lent Her Voice to Bruins, Red Sox
By Scott Shurtleff
TOWNSEND -- Kamryn Richard has gone from the fields to the garden. The fields: the athletic grounds of North Middlesex Regional High School; the garden: Boston’s TD Garden, where she recently sang the national anthem before a Bruins game.
The former field hockey standout at NMRHS has given up her stick in exchange for a guitar.
The UMass Lowell freshman who once revved up her Patriot teammates as captain now revs up fans at sporting events and audience members at various gigs around New England.
Richard, 18, is a singer, songwriter and performer whose voice has risen from the family’s Townsend living room to venues like Fenway Park and TD Garden as a finalist in the search to replace legendary anthemist, Rene Rancourt, who retired last year after 40 years.
Richard’s musical ambition was not necessarily to be the new voice of the Bruins, but “that would certainly be a great honor.” She is one of 52 area singers selected to audition live for Bruins’ fans during home games this season, rocking the Garden on January 8.
Two years ago she was introduced to stadium-sized audiences when, at age 16, she had the opportunity to sing God Bless America in front of 30,000 fans at Fenway park.
But the former Patriot is not limited to patriotic songs. Her expanding repertoire includes pop songs, soul, R&B, gospel and classic rock, which she performs regularly while fronting the Kamryn Richard Band that features her father, Brian, on guitar. The quartet is becoming regulars on the New Hampshire music circuit with occassional stops in the Boston area.
Brian explained the character link between sports and singing.
“Both require natural talent of course, but aside from that they are similar in preparation, hard work, passion and confidence.” A certain level of teamwork and competitiveness is also required.
“She gets much of her drive from her mother (Amy) and grandmother (Doris),” he said. “They are both in the Athletic Hall of Fame at Nashoba Regional High School.” Amy is also in the Fitchburg State University Hall of Fame for field hockey.
Kamryn just finished her first studio album, set for release in the spring. The self-titled four-track EP was recorded in the Los Angeles studio of producer Sahaj Ticotin over about seven days. Brian, who sat in on the sessions, funded the production, considering it an investment for the future. “We believe in her. The goal is to see her touring the world in five years,” he said.
Brian hopes to build a legacy of music that rivals the one built on athletics. “I saw the gift early, when she was singing Elmo songs at three or four years old, then in church. Her confidence has evolved along with her talent.”
To find upcoming appearances for the Kamryn Richard Band, or to hire her other ensemble, Soul Estate -- a wedding and events group -- you can visit her Facebook page.