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 Richard Leigh

Richard Leigh


Richard is a 1973 graduate of VHCC’s Theatre Arts Program who starred in numerous campus plays and became well-known for his musical talents. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Richard and his guitar arrived in Nashville in 1974 to launch a songwriting career that has earned him country music’s highest acclaim. He got his first big break in 1975 when Crystal Gayle recorded I’ll Get Over You and has since written songs that have sold over 50 million records for Ray Charles, Reba McEntire, Kathy Mattea, the Dixie Chicks, Anne Murray, Steve Wariner, Don Williams, Mickey Gilley and many others.

Awards &
Personal Life:

Among his many honors are a Grammy Award for Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, a space on Nashville’s Country Music Star Walk at Fountain Square; induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, a VHCC Distinguished Service Award, and the American Association of Community Colleges 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award. He returns to campus each spring with friends from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for the Richard Leigh Songwriters Festival, a celebration of song that benefits the VHCC Great Expectations Program for foster youth.


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