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Soulful, passionate and transparent are a few words that come to mind when you think of singer-songwriter Richard Hollis. His personality, sincerity and music are one in the same and that shows with each lyric and verse he pens. In 2008 he gained international attention in Japan and The United Kingdom with his debut album Brand New Start.
Hollis was born in Houston, Texas where he first discovered his love for music while playing drums at the age of 5 in his dad's pentecostal church. He later found his love for singing while in jr. high school at the age of 14. In 1999 he and his group left Houston for "The Big Apple" seeking a record deal. While in Manhattan this pursuit would take a divine turn that was all orchestrated by God. Richard, knowing that his calling was much more than the dream of secular fame he was chasing, was lead to walk away from the genre all together and rededicate his life, soul and gift to his now Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
After taking a break from music and soaking in the Word of God, he accepted his calling into the ministry and was ordained as an Elder in 2003 by The Church of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop G.E. Patterson. In 2007 he was lead to start an independent record label, True Light Recordings and in 2008 received the Best New Artist Award from The Texas Gospel Announcers Guild. In 2011 his single You Will Never Find was voted Best New Indie Single and won a lead spot on the Oasis Inspirational Radio Sampler CD.
Through the calling of ministry Richard has been blessed to share the platform with r&b crooner Howard Hewitt, Stellar award nominee Chester D.T. Baldwin and traditional gospel recording group Endurance. He has opened for contemporary gospel recording artists Kim Burrell, Gary Mayes & Nu Era, James Fortune & FIYA and GMA’s Dove award nominee Brian Courtney Wilson.
Being obedient to the “The Great Commission,” (Matthew 28:19-20) Richard has been taking the gospel message abroad to churches, shelters, prisons and juvenile detention centers and impacting the lives of the lost with the gifts of preaching, singing and exhortation.