Richard's professional career has been a hectic ride. Spotted whilst in sixth form college, Richard was cast in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s 2013 blockbuster The Worlds End as Young Shane in his first professional job and shortly after made his stage debut as Steven Cartwright in the critically acclaimed Privates On Parade.
He was then found singing ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables on YouTube by his future Collabro band mates. The quintet decided to audition for Britain’s Got Talent a mere four weeks after their first rehearsal and with only a few hours practice of theatre classic ‘Stars’ under their belts, received standing ovations from all four judges and an audience of 3,000. They triumphed in the 2014 final, in which 11 acts competed, receiving 26% of the public’s vote - the highest ever winning percentage.
Immediately signed by Simon Cowell’s SYCO record label Richard and his band mates stormed to the top of the UK charts, selling 320,000 copies of their debut album Stars. They were one of only two new UK acts to sell over 100,000 albums that year. The album touched the hearts of the nation and 55,000 people came out to hear the band live on their first headline UK tour where they performed stage classics and some unexpected pop crossovers such as One Republic’s ‘Secrets’ and the Friends theme tune ‘I’ll Be There For You’.
That year Richard sang lead vocals for royalty at the Royal Variety Show as well as at Windsor Castle. During that period Collabro sang at the Royal Albert Hall, Dominion Theatre, the London Palladium, headlined at London Pride in Trafalgar Square, toured in Hong Kong and Japan (singing on TV in front of 30 million people on Music Station – twice!), and shared the stage with One Direction, Little Mix, Bette Midler, Alfie Bow, Neyo, Ed Sheeran and Katherine Jenkins to name a few, oh and released their book: Our Story.
As Richard and Collabro entered their second year in the public eye, performing in front of 10 million people on 2015’s Britain’s Got Talent, they released their second studio album, entitled Act Two. Released the same day as Florence and the Machine’s first album in four years, it charted at a respectable number two in the UK album chart to five star reviews. Act Two also succeeded abroad, most notably in Japan where it also reached a number two position in a notoriously difficult marketplace and won a Gold Disk Award. They even covered their own version of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ in Japanese for the home crowd on their fourth visit to the country. After winning a karaoke competition between the band members, Richard performed solo on a televised Japanese karaoke competition against national superstar Seiko Niizuma on the same trip. Across the Pacific, Richard’s fans packed out venues in New York City, Boston, Pennsylvania and L.A., watched him on local TV and read about him on PerezHilton.com.
He has graced the cover of Gay Times magazine and caused a stir when appearing nude in Attitude magazine, chatted in countless interviews for OK!, Fabulous, The Metro etc. performed on ITV, BBC, QVC and Sky, on Kiss, Heart, BBC and countless local radio stations, sang with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, presented a Soap Award, also travelled to Monaco, Portugal and the length of the UK, won the accolade of Britain's Got Talent favourite ever winners twice (Good Morning Britain, May 2016 & Digital Spy, June 2016) and he’s only just turned 22 years old!!
Now, having left Collabro, Richard is enjoying the return to his original love: Swing music. He is recording popular songs you thought you knew with a whole different flavour and occasionally performing live at venues such as Ronnie Scott's world famous jazz bar. Relish his YouTube channel and stay tuned for many other exciting instalments of this lovely fella's life.