First and foremost he's a father, husband and follower of Christ. RA is also a talented songwriter, an anointed worship leader and captivating speaker with an extremely compelling story to tell. He's a self-proclaimed, "grace-sponge" tapping into the undeserved favor of God on a daily basis. In addition to being a son, brother, and uncle, Richard Andrew is also a man on a mission.
After being delivered from years of addiction, he was rescued from a California State Prison in 1993 by a "card in the mail." He has since dedicated his life to telling others about his journey through story-telling and song, booking events both inside, and far outside of the church walls. Though Richard sites his faith as the cornerstone of his work, and often shares at faith-based events amongst his peers, he believes his office is among those who don't share his faith.
"... his road seemed to have been scripted by a Hollywood screenwriter."
In addition to his story, Richard is also an accomplished independent artist. A singer/songwriter based out of Southern California. RA admits that independence has its perks, but navigating a music career without the support of a record label or management can be challenging. So in addition to a very active prayer-life and a humble merchandising campaign, RA leans heavy on donations from those impacted by his music and message. These partnerships have made it possible for Richard to share with thousands, in venues large and small. From the homeless of Skid Row to members of Congress on Pennsylvania Avenue.
In 2010 Richard Andrew received the top prize at the CMA's (Christian Music Awards) in Nashville, TN, as he was named Independent Artist of the Year. He is a regular on NASCAR's race calendar, leading worship for the drivers and their families. He made history in Southern California as one of the first, ever, unsigned artists to have their music added to radio-playlists, in rotation.
However, if you ask him, Richard would tell you that his greatest accomplishments are: being a faithful husband, dedicated to one woman; not wasting his 2nd chance to be a father; and embracing the fact that there is nothing he can do or say to earn the love and salvation that God offers through Jesus Christ.
"Free gifts are just that: FREE!" ~ra
"I did not come into this world to condemn it....I came to save it."~Jesus
Richard Andrew is the father of five + 1, wonderful kids (Casey, Rian, Paige, Colby, Tayler & Heather) and lives in Chino Hills, California with his wife and soulmate, Shawn. He attends The Rivers Edge Church, in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, where they love the Word of God. His interests include: Family, Cooking, Fishing, Traveling and Finding Treasures at Garage Sales.