Rich Rankin is a Chicago based writer, producer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist with an affinity for many different genres. A combination of formal and self training contribute to his unique style.
He has produced, recorded and performed on five award winning albums for kindie artist Laura Doherty as well as for bands Charming Axe, Curious Grace and Black Rabbit, and artists Bryan Lubeck, Camila Ballario, Linda Marie Smith, Linda Robertson, Gayle Bisesi, Crawford's Daughter, Kym Franklin and for labels Old Town School Recordings, Striking Note and Rimjhim Records. He has recently collaborated on an album with Chicago based multi-cultural group Surabhi. Over the course of his career he has scored and produced ad music, audio branding and also music for indie film work through Mosaic Music. Rich has decades of professional experience writing, playing, recording, mixing and producing music.
Self-taught on guitar, bass, keys and drums, Rich later attended Northern Illinois University to study psychology and then Elmhurst College where he earned a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Business. There he studied orchestration, classical guitar as well as percussion. In addition to producing and performing he also writes roots, rock, blues and soul driven tunes and has songs and scores placed in films The Legend of Bloody Mary (Lionsgate), Carpe Diem (indie), and If I Only Knew (indie). Rich uses Phil Jones Bass amps live and in the studio and is a Weber Mandolin "People Who Play" artist.
Rich works mostly in his own private project studio but also others as needed, he performs live with other artists and bands, sitting in with Americana style groups and doing un-plugged originals and covers. He performs regularly in Laura Doherty's band The Heartbeats, having played a couple of years at Lollapalooza in Chicago as well as the Ravinia Festival and the Pilgrimage Music Fest in Franklin TN. He has also performed with Ralph Covert, Jazzy Ash, Jimmi Steinkrause and the Rockin' Aces and Poochamungas. In his spare time he is exploring recently acquired instruments; his vintage Cellini accordion and 1950's Oahu Tonemaster lap steel guitar, he is also a photographer and graphic artist. He enjoys mentoring students and renovating his 1880's home with his wife Beth and their adopted cat Buddy.