Growing up in Middletown, Ohio, Rick loved music from the time he was small. However, he never sang before an audience until he was twenty years old and was asked to sing for his sister’s wedding. As a result of that performance, he was approached to join a trio at his home church—forming his first Southern Gospel Quartet.
Rick attended Anderson University where he joined a trio and began touring on weekends. After college, his job and family obligations moved him to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky and Rick stopped touring, but devoted his time learning to play guitar and writing songs. While living in Mt. Sterling, Rick began singing with a trio in his home church. The trio eventually (with a few additions and subtractions) morphed into the One Bond Quartet and the men sang together for several years. In 2009, through a series of God-ordained events, Rick and Kevin Willis (the worship pastor at his church) who’d been singing together at the church in Mt. Sterling, joined with Mike and Bryan who had been singing in a different quartet at their home church in neighboring Winchester, KY. When these four men came together they started what is now known as Common Bond Quartet.
Rick and his wife (Karen) met at Anderson University and currently reside in Winchester, KY. Their oldest daughter, Andrea (Tyler) along with their three sons, live in Ashland, KY. Their daughter, Kirstin (Paul) and son, Bracken, both live and work in Houston, TX; and their youngest, Cameron (Katherine) and their daughter, live in southern Germany.