Richard Jackson (vocals)Rachma Lim (keys) Willy Gathright (bass)Rizal Sanip (drums)Richard Jackson was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, George Colbert Jackson, was a well-known gospel singer, so Richard grew up surrounded by such legendary gospel acts as The Fairfield Four and The Dixie Hummingbirds all of whom were his father’s friends. Being surrounded by musical talents his whole life helped shape Richard’s love for singing.Richard first began to sing when he was dared to enter his High School talent show and he never looked back. Blessed with his father’s talent and invaluable guidance, Richard entered Central State University in Ohio as a voice major where he received classical voice training under the direction of William Henry Coldwell. But it wasn’t classical music that spoke to him. He found himself mesmerized by jazz and soon developed a great love for the genre.It became apparent that Richard was no ordinary talent. Professors were amazed at his unspoken ability, his humble nature and his work ethic and was quickly respected and admired, by all who worked with him.Richard began singing locally around the Cincinnati area, developing quite a name for himself. Being compared to the legends Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Barry White and Ronald Isley was enough to keep Richard singing and pursuing his dream.Richard has worked in the company of Chris Jasper Isley, Midnight Star, and has performed as the opening act for Bob James, Peabo Bryson, The Stylistics, Tuck and Patti, Regina Belle, De La Soul, George Clinton & Will Downing.Since coming to Asia last year he has performed at Harry’s International Bar Singapore, at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok with the Jeremy Monteiro Trio and at the recently completed Park Hyatt Shanghai with the Donald Jackson Trio. He was also the one of the featured artistes at the Les Nuits Du Jazz Festival in Nantes, France last October.In May, Richard performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall with Jeremy Monteiro, jazz saxophone legends Ernie Watts and Randy Brecker, as part of the Singapore International Jazz Festival.
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