Richie was invited to perform at the Dream Foundation’s annual fundraiser gala, performing some of his most well-known hits. Check this clip of him performing one of his trademark hits, “Dead or Alive,” below!
Founded in 1994, Richie is a big supporter of the Dream Foundation; the first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults. With a mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families battling life-threatening illness, Dream Foundation serves more than 2,500 dreams each year and relies on a network of volunteers, sponsors and individual donors. For more information, check out the Dream Foundation HERE
In honor of the victims’, families, and heroes of 9/11, Richie got together with songwriter and friend Bernie Taupin to write and record Engine 19, a song dedicated to the first responders that keep us safe around the country. On this important day of reflection and remembrance, Richie is honored to release this tribute to their hard work and dedication.
After a difficult decision-making process, Richie has selected the winners for his Every Road Leads Home to You Cover Contest!
Our grand prize winner is Zdravko Valentin, whose beautiful, multi-instrument performance was incredibly realized and executed, combining simple harmonies with a unique delivery. Our runners up include YouTube users, Kowarna, Violetmunram, GypsyFX, and MuggFrnk, with the excellent drum performance of 9-year old John Muggianu. All videos can be viewed below.
Lukas Kovarik - Every Road Leads Home To You - Richie Sambora (acoustic)
Every road leads home to you (cover)
Ben Jonathan - Every Road Leads Home To You (Richie Sambora Cover Contest)
Richie Sambora - "Every Road Leads Home to You" (drum cover)
Richie also wanted to include a personal note to his fans with the conclusion of the concert:
“I can’t thank you all enough for these amazing cover videos. Today I’m announcing the winner of the Grand Prize and this has been one of the hardest choices I’ve ever had to make. I’m completely blown away by your creativity, spirit, and talents. As far as I’m concerned, you are all winners, Words can’t express my feelings when hearing this song take on a new life with your voices. I want to thank everyone again for entering. Your videos were all great, and it means so much that you would make the effort to show me what you’ve got. You guys are incredible. All your efforts have inspired me. I am so touched and now have the drive and spirit to create more. You’re all winners in my heart.”
Zdravko will receive a guitar signed by Richie Sambora, and the runners-up will receive a special Richie Sambora prize pack. Contest winners should monitor their YouTube inbox for information on receiving their prizes.
Richie has some exciting news for you – he’s hosting a cover contest of his song “Every Road Leads Home To You” and wants to hear your version of the song – you can play it on any instrument, sing it a’cappella, beatbox to it, or whatever you choose! To get more information, check out the video below:
Richie’s favorite cover version will be receiving a ESP LTD SA-2 Richie Sambora Signature Electric Guitar, personally autographed to you. To submit your cover video, post it as a video response to the contest announcement video by Friday, April 19th. Winner will be announced that Monday, April 22nd. Get creative!
This contest is open to all fans, both in the USA and Internationally