Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Hugo’s Piano Bar at SugarHouse Casino
From the tender age of 7, Rich has been entertaining and wowing audiences. Through his music, the youngster matured as rapidly as his evolving musical talents. His father – a charismatic, retired singer/writer – was no stranger to the local music scene. He used his contacts at local venues to book Rich as a young, classical pianist. By age 13, Rich would take the stage at some of NJ’s largest and most upscale venues and went on to win the state’s most competitive contests. He would go on to be asked to perform the National Anthem at the Puerto Rican Day Parade…but this was not enough.
Classical piano performances simply did not fully quench his thirst, and this is where he found a bit of a ‘hidden talent’; his voice. He began writing his first song at the age of 14 while sitting at a moderately out-of-tune practice piano at the school after hours, while the rest of his friends would hit the basketball courts at the park. A few years later, he went on to record this song with an original trio, and they would land a showcase on international television, performing on the world-renown Latin talk-show, “Cristina” in Miami, FL. This spot eventually led the group to Madrid, Spain where they would record a professional demo and perform on other international shows overseas. A few years to follow, the original trio would break up, but this did not stop his momentum.
He would go on to score several domestic accomplishments such as invitations to sing the National Anthem at The Prudential Center and MSG sporting events.