was born in New York, NY, but was raised in Columbus, Georgia. He lost his father to cancer when he was 13 years old. Richard had a strong love for music and a desire to become a drummer. That summer, his mother bought him his first set of Ludwig drums. He was hooked from the start. Taking lessons over the summer with the goal of playing in the school band and orchestra, he soon began playing percussion in the marching band and symphony orchestra which he continued to do throughout high school. At this time he also joined his first rock band with several classmates. The core of that group went through several personnel changes over the years and played all over the southeast as the Hats, Jeremiah, Ice and Fire, and the 13th Hourglass Band.
Family life put his music career on the back-burner for many years. Several years ago the itch to perform came knocking again. Several stints in a couple of local R&B/Jazz groups followed. In November of 2015 he became a member of Athena to help bring the music of Athena’s two previous albums to life for live performance.