Richard was born on 28th August 1987 and was raised in what was not really a musical family. His first experience of music was probably when he was bought his first keyboard at the age of 4 or 5 and was shown some notes by his mother. He soon began playing simple tunes and when he was 6 he was invited to take his keyboard into his Primary school and play Christmas Carols. Also at primary school, Richard learnt to play the descant recorder. At the age of 7, Richard started violin and guitar lessons. With half an hour tuition each week on each of these instruments, his love of music grew and spurred him on to begin singing, which he started to do around the age of 8 and was soon having singing lessons when he reached 10. Also at the age of 10, Richard joined some local acting groups, such as Scunthorpe Youth Theatre, Group 62 Amateur Dramatic Society and Backstreet Youth Theatre, in which he took part in productions at many local venues, such as 'The Screen Theatre' and 'The Plowright Theatre' taking roles such as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Leroy in the musical Bugsy Malone. It was around this time, 1998, that Richard was lent some cassettes of country music by his grandfather. Up until this time, Richard had not really experienced country music and had mainly listened to 60's and 70's ballads. However, hearing country music for the first time he instantly took a liking to it and it was not long before he went to see his first country music show, at a local club in Scunthorpe. After he had been to this show, he decided to try and sing some of the songs he had heard the night before and, accompanying himself on guitar, had soon learnt his first country song - Will The Circle Be Unbroken. Learning that first country song set the ball rolling and from then on, Richard was a big fan of country music, buying cassettes and CD's of artists such as Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Chris LeDoux and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He had soon learnt quite a selection of songs and, at the age of 13, decided to learn a new instrument - the Harmonica. In the summer of 2001, Richard wrote his first country song, Whole Life In A Shoebox, about a tramp who carries all his photos and memories in an old shoebox and tells his story to passers by as he makes his way down the never-ending dusty roads. Eventually meeting with a woman, he discovers she is leading much the same life as himself and they set off together and spend many years walking down the 'dusty roads' together, carrying their shoeboxes and telling their tales to people that they meet. This song is the title track of his new CD, available here. In July 2002, Richard took his first booking as a country music artist, at 'The Covered Wagon CMC' at North Scarle. Since then, he has performed at many other clubs and festivals, such as Walesby Festival 2002/2003, Strumpshaw Festival 2003, Sapcote Festival 2003, Welbeck Festival 2003 and many others. Richard is currently at college studying A Level Music and continues to accept bookings at clubs and festivals around the country. Richard now 17 years old and has joined the Family of Diamondroads Records UK, working together on a superb New Album 'Heaven' this album is one of Richards best so far, with the help of some of the UK's leading Country Engineers and Producers this is most certainly a must for any country music fan, regardless of which genre of Country music you love this album has the feeling it was made for you, and in whatever mood you are in, you can feel the love for his music in all tracks. With the release of 'Carrying Your Love With Me' into the Hotdisc 73 compilation album distributed all over Europe, Richard went straight in at No 4 in the British Hotdisc charts, not bad for his first attempt, there are many that have been in the industry for a long long time that have not got anywhere, so for week 1 Richard is doing extremely well. Tours for the UK and Europe are being planned at present, so keep a check on the web site for details, this is one artist you will most certainly regret missing. Diamondroads are also in discussions with Promoters in Nashville to promote the CD and possible Tour this will be advertised on Richards web site as and when arrangements have been made. This young artist has a tremendous future in the Country Music Industry, with such good reviews from DJ's in the UK, and a little help promoting we think you will find Richard is the best artist the UK has seen for a long time. Have a listen to this album any true Country Music fan be it a DJ or Presenter or whatever, you will have to have this in your collection, Richard has bookings through most of 2005 and 2006, so if you wish to book him please contact us A.S.A.P.