A native of Quincy, Florida, Richard became serious about his musical abilities at the age of sixteen. He found tremendous pleasure in playing various musical instruments in school bands such as, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, brass, and percussion instruments. However, playing his instrument in church was a vital part of increasing his skill as a musical artist. He remembers at the age of twelve, the church's musician recognized a group of young aspiring musicians, and put their musical aptitude together for a performance of a rendition of 'Oh When the Saints Go Marching In' that rocked the house. It was at this point; the church provided Richard with the stepping stones needed to enhance his musical abilities. Soon the piano & Hammond B-3 organ became his instruments of choice. While in the United States Navy, at age twenty-four, Richard put together a band that performed one of his many original compositions. To his surprise the group won second place in the talent contest on board the USS Lexington AVT-16. Richard has been a member of a local jazz band called, ' Pizzazz.'. The band has performed at various local functions, providing audiences with a smooth jazz flavor. The band allowed Richard the opportunity to make his semi-professional day view with dynamic jazz riffs, and cool melodies. Richard thinks of his God given talents as melodies in his head that must escape in the form of musical compositions. Today he enjoys playing for church choirs, but his true passion is jazz. Richard thinks of himself as the musician in the movie 'Soldier Story' where at the end of a traditional stanza of 'Amazing Grace' he would throw in a little jazz riff at the end just for fun. Nevertheless, for Richard, being a multi-talented musician has enabled him to compose, and arrange songs that come from his heart and soul. His newest collection of silky smooth jazz melodies is called 'Re-Vibes', which symbolizes the resurgence of his noteworthy musical talent.