Miranda Lee Richards is a gifted Los Angeles-based singer songwriter. Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, she grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. Her parents are well-known underground comic book artists Ted Richards (Forty Year Old Hippie and Dopin' Dan) and Terre Richards (Suzi Skates and Wimmen's Comix) -- R. Crumb is their most famous contemporary.

 

After graduating from the San Francisco School Of The Arts, she travelled to Paris to do some modelling, but soon returned to the U.S. to pursue a musical career. A series of chance encounters with influential people began when she became friends with Kirk Hammet from Metallica who taught her how to play Mazzy Star songs on the guitar. Early demos of her songs reached the ears of Anton Newcombe, and she soon joined his band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. She sang on their early albums Give It Back, Bringing It all Back Home Again, and Stung Out In Heaven, and appeared with them in the seminal documentary DIG!.

 

In 2001, Virgin Records released her full-length debut album "The Herethereafter". The album was a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop, and found fans worldwide, especially in Japan where the single “The Long Goodbye” reached the top five.

 

Her critically-acclaimed sophomore album "Light of X", the title of which came from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time, followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records. The music was a progression from the template laid out on her debut album, anticipating the symphonic pop music that came later with the likes of Anna Calvi and Agnes Obel.

 

Richards’ third full-length album, "Echoes Of The Dreamtime", released January 29, 2016 on the UK based label Invisible Hands Music, was recorded at her home studio with husband and producer Rick Parker (best known for his work with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Lord Huron). It brought together eight pastoral, atmospheric epics into a work that once again garnered critical acclaim and international attention, with MOJO awarding it four stars; Uncut scoring it 8/10. "Echoes of the Dreamtime" incorporated a more lyrically narrative style, with many of the songs clocking in at over five minutes in length, four and five verses a-piece. One song, the eight-minute track "It Was Given" (based on the movie The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke), was an example of an adaptation put to song.

 

At the beginning of 2017, in the post-U.S. election climate, Richards has delivered what is arguably her most impressive work to date. Of "Existential Beast", slated for release June 16, 2017 on Invisible Hands Music, Richards states:

 

"It is a political album to the core, examining the issues of our time, but with an intent of tackling those difficult and sometimes taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has in turn arisen. In essence, we are all still working with the animal urges of fear, competition, survival, and sexuality, which are deep-seeded and manifesting in varying ways and degrees, depending on where one is at. Perhaps a more endearing comparison would be to see this as working with our own inner child, who can at times behave like a wild beast! But like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries, and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational time and there is much work to be done."

 

DISCOGRAPHY

1997 - The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back LP - lead vocals/lyrics on "You Better Love Me Before I Am Gone"

 

1998 - The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Strung Out in Heaven LP - backing vocals, flute

 

1999 - Brian Jonestown Massacre - Bringing It All Back Home Again LP - lead vocals/lyrics/composition on original song "Reign On"

 

2001 - Solo - The Herethereafter LP - lead vocal/lyrics/composition

 

2003 - Tim Burgess - backing vocals on "I Believe"

 

2003 - The Shore - The Shore EP - backing vocals

 

2003 - Joe Firstman - The War of Women LP - backing vocals, vocal duet

 

2005 - The Quarter After - The Quarter After LP - backing vocals

 

2007 - Solo - Vinyl 7" Life Boat Single - lead vocals/lyrics/composition of original song "Life Boat"

 

2008 - Solo - Early November EP -  lead vocals/lyrics/composition

 

2008 - The Quarter After - Changes Near LP - backing vocals

 

2008 - Meow Meow - Meow Meow LP - backing vocals

 

2009 - Solo - Light of X LP - lead vocals/lyrics/composition

 

2010 - Delerium - Voice: An Acoustic Collection - lead vocals/lyrics on "Send Me an Angel"

 

2010 - The Lovetones - Lost LP - backing vocals on "Coming Home"

 

2013 - Violet Vision - Silence of the Birds single - lead vocals/lyrics on "Silence of the Birds"

 

2014 - Joel Gion and the Primary Colours - Apple Bonkers LP - vocal duet on "Change My Mind"

 

2016 - Solo - Echoes of the Dreamtime LP

 

2017 - Gospel Beach - Another Summer of Love LP - backing vocals (June 2017)

 

2017 - Solo - Existential Beast LP (June 16 2017) 

FILM & TV

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS COMPLETE FILM/TV PLACEMENT HISTORY

 

 

  • Beauty Queen (The Herethereafter) – Alias, “Parity” episode, ABC
  • Beauty Queen (The Herethereafter) – Providence, “Invisible Man” episode, NBC
  • Beauty Queen (The Herethereafter) – Wasteland, “Defining Moments” episode, ABC
  • Beauty Queen (The Herethereafter) – Luckytown Blues (film), A Plus Entertainment
  • Beauty Queen (The Herethereafter) – Party of Five, FOX
  • Breathless (Light of X) – What About Brian, “What About Finding Your Place” episode, ABC
  • Breathless (Light of X), Private Practice, “Yours, Mine, and Ours” episode, ABC
  • Breathless (Light of X) Switched at Birth, “Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time” episode, ABC Family
  • Breathless (Light of X), Underemployed pilot, MTV
  • Breathless (Light of X) Make It or Break It, “Sunday Bloody Sasha Sunday” episode, ABC Family
  • Breathless (Light of X) – Ghost Whisperer, “Cat’s Claw” episode, CBS
  • Breathless (Light of X) - What About Brian, “What About Finding You” episode, ABC
  • Beautiful Day (Adam soundtrack) - Adam (film), Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Beautiful Day (Adam soundtrack) – Plane Jane, The CW
  • Beautiful Day (Adam soundtrack) – Field of Vision (TV movie, NBC)
  • The Beginner – Jack and Jill, “Chivas and Lies” episode, The WB
  • The Beginner (The Herethereafter) – Suspect Zero (film), Paramount Pictures
  • The Beginner (The Herethereafter) – All the Real Girls (film), Sony Pictures Classics
  • The Beginner (The Herethereafter) – Roswell, “Secrets and Lies” episode, 20th Century Fox Television
  • The Beginner (The Herethereafter) – Alias, “Parity” epsisode, ABC
  • The Beginner (The Herethereafter) – Education of Max Bickford, “Hearts and Minds” episode, CBS
  • Crazy (MLR catalogue) - The Carrie Diaries, “A First Time for Everything” episode, The CW
  • Discover It, (MLR catalogue) – Tru Calling DVD, Fox Searchlight
  • Discover It  (MLR catalogue) – Without a Trace, “Without You” episode, CBS
  • Higher – Gossip Girl, “It’s a Wonderful Lie” episode, The CW
  • Early November (Light of X) - Life Unexpected, “Home Inspected” episode, The CW
  • Early November (Light of X) - The Real World, DC, episode 2312, MTV
  • Early November (Light of X) - RW & Co commercial
  • Ella (The Herethereafter) – Felicity, “Ben Was Here” episode, Japan
  • Fabulous (MLR catalogue)  – Big Rich Texas, “Brat Attack”, Style Network
  • Fabulous (MLR catalogue) – E! Network Promo Spot
  • Fabulous (MLR catalogue) – The Fashionista Diaries, “The Party’s Over” episode, “Survival of the Fittest” episode, SOAPnet (ABC online)
  • Fabulous (MLR catalogue)  – Beyond the Break, “Party Wave”, The N Network
  • Fabulous (MLR catalogue)  – Beyond the Break, “Wing Chicks”, The N Network
  • Follow Your Dreams (MLR catalogue) – Three Moons Over Milford , “Goodnight Moon” episode, ABC Family
  • Follow Your Dreams (MLR catalogue) – Summerland, “Sledgehammer” episode, WB
  • Follow Your Dreams (MLR catalogue) – Beyond the Break, “Charging It” episode, The N Network
  • Follow Your Dreams (MLR catalogue) – Mystery Girl, ABC Family
  • Follow Your Dreams (MLR catalogue) – Working Miracles (Healing Hands TV Movie), Hallmark Channel
  • Forever (MLR catalogue) – Ghost Whisperer, episode 202, CBS
  • Forever (MLR catalogue) - Brothers and Sisters, “S3X” episode, ABC
  • Forever [Not Gonna’ Wait] (MLR catalogue) – Smallville, “Spirit” episode, The WB
  • Forever (MLR catalogue) - Ghost Whisperer, “Love Still Won’t Die” episode, CBS
  • Fredonia (Early November EP) – Numb3rs, “All’s Fair” episode, CBS
  • Fredonia (Early November EP) – Numb3rs “Two Daughters” episode, CBS
  • Here By the Window (Light of X) – Ghost Whisperer, “Dead Man’s Ridge” episode, CBS
  • Here By the Window (Light of X) – Ghost Whisperer, “Demon Child” episode, CBS
  • Here By the Window (Instrumental version) – Life of Brian, “Fifth Wheel” episode, MTV
  • Here By the Window (Instrumental version) – Las Vegas, “The High Price of Gas” episode, NBC
  • Here By the Window (Instrumental version) – Saving Grace, “Tacos, Tulips, Ducks, and Spice”, episode, TNT
  • Hero of the Silent War (The Hornet’s Nest soundtrack) – The Hornet’s Nest (film), Highroad Media
  • Hidden Treasure (Light of X) – Chicago 8 (film)
  • Hideaway (Light of X) – Las Vegas DVD, Universal Studios
  • Indecision (MLR catalogue) – Providence, “You Can’t Hurry Love” episode, NBC
  • The Landscape (The Herethereafter) – One Tree Hill, “The Worst Day Since Yesteryear” episode, WB
  • Last Solstice of the 70’s (The Herethereafter) – Felicity, “Ben Was Here” episode, WBL
  • Life Boat (Light of X)  – Life of Ryan, “Fifth Wheel” episode, MTV
  • Life Boat (Light of X)  – Bones, “The Cinderella in the Cardboard Box” episode, FOX
  • The Long Goodbye (The Herethereafter) – Felicity “Ben Was Here” episode, Japan
  • The Long Goodbye (The Herethereafter) – Numb3rs, “Two Daughters” episode, CBS
  • The Long Goodbye (The Herethereafter) – Numb3rs, “All’s Fair” episode, CBS
  • The Long Goodbye (The Herethereafter) – High School Reunion, “Welcome Back Wolves” episode, WB
  • Little Honey (MLR catalogue) – Once Upon a Time, “Lacey” episode, ABC
  • Mirror at the End (Light of X) – Ghost Whisperer, “Curse of the Ninth” episode, CBS
  • Over My Head (MLR catalogue) – Ghost Whisperer “Speed Demon” episode, CBS
  • Over My Head (MLR catalogue) – Working Miracles (Healing Hands TV Movie), The Hallmark Channel
  • The Reach (The Reach single) - Beauty and the Beast, “Partners in Crime”, The CW
  • The Reach (The Reach single) - Army Wives, “Centennial” episode, Lifetime
  • The Reach (The Reach single) - Burn Notice, “Last Rites” episode, USA Network
  • The Reach (The Reach single) - Switched at Birth, “Ecce Mono” episode, ABC Family
  • Right Now (The Herethereafter) – Felicity “Ben Was Here” episode, Japan
  • Right Now (The Herethereafter) – Roswell, “Secrets and Lies” episode, The WB
  • Savorin’ Your Smile (Light of X) - “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons”, MTV
  • Vagabond Angel – (Down to You soundtrack) Three Moons Over Milford “Confessions of a Dangerous Moon” episode, ABC Family
  • Vagabond Angel (Down to You soundtrack) - One Tree Hill, “Worst Day Since Yesteryear”, The WB
  • Vagabond Angel (Down To You soundtrack) – One Tree Hill, “Worst Day Since Yesteryear”, The WB
  • Vagabond Angel – Down To You (film), Miramax
  • Vagabond Angel – Sam the Man (film), IFC Films
  • Vagabond Angel (Down To You soundtrack) – Wasteland, “Double Date” episode, ABC
  • Vagabond Angel  (Down To You soundtrack) – Party of Five, “Otherwise Engaged” episode, FOX
  • Vagabond Angel (Down To You soundtrack) – Teen Mom, “A Little Help” episode, MTV
  • Vagabond Angel (Down To You soundtrack) - Unhitched, “Pole Dancing Toddler” episode, FOX
  • Vagabond Angel (Down To You soundtrack) - Outlaw, “Curtis Farwell” episode, NBC
  • You Fit My Style (MLR catalogue) – Elevator Girl, (TV movie), Hallmark Channel
  • You Fit My Style (MLR catalogue) – Fashionista Diaries, “Playing With the Boys” episode, SOAPnet
  • Worth (MLR catalogue) – Pepper Dennis, “Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers” episode, WB
  • Worth (MLR catalogue) – Numb3rs– “All is Fair” episode, CBS
  • Worth (MLR catalogue) – Beyond the Break, “Wing Chicks”, The N Network
  • Worth (MLR catalogue) - Saving Grace, “Family Reunion” episode, TNT

 

 

ALL MATERIAL © 2016 MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS