“Smile Again” by Rich Hunter Ft. Joyya Marie
Portland artist Rich Hunter drops the official music video for his uplifting new single “Smile Again” featuring Joyya Marie. Filmed and Directed by Dustin Tolman, Rich takes a ride through his city spreading positive vibrations along the way. Delivering a message of love and change, Rich reaches out to Joyya Marie to put the icing on the cake with her rich and soulful vocals. Guided by a funky bassline and live guitar work, “Smile Again” is produced by Mr. Rich Hunter himself along with co-production from his own brother David Thomson who graces Rich’s entire new project. Appearing on his new album Third Eye Inspiration, “Smile Again” sets the tone for Rich’s new album drenched in soulful production and heartfelt lyrics. After releasing the album to rave reviews locally and nationally, Rich has been hitting the NW hard with a string of shows including an upcoming appearance with Dru Hill at Portland’s most famed venue The Crystal Ballroom.
About Rich Hunter
After 15-plus years recording under the stage name Risky Star and building a musical career supporting the likes of Cool Nutz and Illmaculate, Portland’s Rich Hunter felt it was time for a change in branding. Now performing under his birth name, Hunter—a former employee of Willamette Week’s advertising department—has also shifted his artistic focus, from MC to singer, on his latest album, Third Eye Inspiration. Anyone who’s heard his previous work knows he always switched between rapping and harmonizing. But Third Eye Inspiration is something else entirely, a move away from hip-hop toward crisp, cosmic jazz for the speakeasy crowd. Hunter takes a spiritual-bluesman approach to the 10-song project, revealing personal revelations about ridding oneself of negativity, dealing with love and striving for happiness. His best work is performed alongside his sister Joyya Marie: “Blessed” and “Smile Again” are much-needed pick-me-ups, while “One Day,” a motivational hymn, wishes people would stop fixating on everyday struggles to find light within their own lives. Hunter’s thoughts on human emotion are ambitious and abstract, sometimes to the point where it’s hard to understand the intended message. In places where they are more refined, though, his silky voice over mellow grooves guides us to a place of momentary bliss.