Todd Richard is already Big in a Small Town

Harrison country artist Todd Richard and his fans are on pins and needles waiting for the premiere of Big in a Small Town.

Todd Richard is on CMT Canada's new TV show

Local country artist Todd Richard and his fans are on pins and needles.

They’re hoping he makes the cut on the brand-new CMT Canada television series, Big in a Small Town.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “I found out in June that I was chosen as a finalist but I was sworn to secrecy.”

He won’t know if he makes it to the next round until after Thursday afternoon when his episode airs.

Five different artists will be sharing their dreams of trying to make it.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Richard said.

He wasn’t even going to submit a video to the show’s producers, but his wife, Sylvia convinced him it was worth a shot.

“She talked me into it,” he says.

He submitted a video of his uplifting and compassionate anthem, Life’s About People, that he wrote with Rick Tippe.

Then the Harrison Hot Springs resident was picked as one of 30 finalists from across Canada to appear on the CMT Canada show, Big in a Small Town.

“I was totally blown away.”

Within three days he was driving up to Penticton, to shoot scenes for an early segment of the show in Summerland.

“They took me up to God’s Mountain to be interviewed.”

He also got to perform the song for the producers.

“It was really cool,” he says.

The producers liked his appealing and folksy back story: a hard-working guy and his wife sell almost everything to fuel his rock-and-roll dream of making it in the country music world as a singer-songwriter, partly to honour his late father’s memory.

With his smooth vocals and distinct look, he made it to Nashville, recorded a video, and some songs with some crack session players and has been slogging away ever since with his debut CD, Journey On.

A panel of CMT Canada judges winnowed down the contestants to 30 people in their search for the next big country artist. The actual winner of the $100,000 prize package gets a recording contract in studio and much more.

“Gotta stay positive!”

Todd Richard invites all his fans who have become friends, who he calls “frands” to a special free viewing of the two-hour episode of Big in A Small Town, on Aug. 23,  at 3:30 p.m. in the Canada Conference Room at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. RSVP to the Facebook Page.

“We hope to pack the place!” Richard said.

If it turns out Richard is ushered through to the next round, he’ll be flown to Toronto on Sept. 6 to play a live taping with the house band.

“I’ve got a one in three chance of making it.”

Two of those finalists will be presenting at the CCMAs. But he’s not exactly sure when he will find out.

The show’s tagline is “Someone’s life will change.”

But he already considers the TV show experience a “huge break” in his career.

“Things have really been ramping up, and it’s been a wild ride for sure,” he tells The Progress. “It’s like Sylvia and I always say, ‘It’s a rollercoaster and these are baby steps.”

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Jungle Book characters come to life in Mission

Students from Creative Edge School of Arts also performed Fiddler on the Roof

Talking about diversity in Mission

Eighth annual Cycling4Diversity ride takes place Friday, ending at Mission City Hall

Loading zones in downtown Mission not necessary says DBA president

They take away much-needed parking spots from potential customers according to business association

Sunset Market returns to Mission’s Fraser River Heritage Park

First market takes plac May 21, followed by June 18, July 16 and August 20 from 5-9 p.m.

Vandals splash paint across new inclusion walkway

The rainbow coloured area in front of the Mission Public Schools office was damaged early Thursday

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopened after multi-vehicle crash east of Chilliwack

Westbound lanes near Herrling Island were closed for hours amid busy holiday weekend traffic

Police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Kamloops

A Kamloops Mountie had stopped the driver for speeding, but they raced off from the 0fficer

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

LETTER: Did we learn nothing?

Shocked Mission needs additional $15 million to complete sewer line crossing the Fraser River

Most Read