Born Hirofumi Richard Ogawa on September 14, 1977 in Seattle, WA. At the tender age of 2, Richard moved from his city of birth to Vancouver, Canada in an effort to find himself.
With an early love for singing, he was performing for his family and friends at the age of 3 and by age 9, gave into social stereotypes and began his classical piano training (though it would take him 10 more years to realize he just didn't have the discipline to be that Asian.)
Triggered by an elementary school production of “’Night Mother” (or it could have been the "Wizard of Oz") his love for theater led to heavy involvement in community and educational theatre through high school, finding a second family with the Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society, who taught him the virtues of a good patter-song.
With Manhattan as his home base, Richard has performed in numerous theatrical productions, from originating roles off-Broadway to pre-Broadway workshops and readings, to regional and touring productions across the U.S. and Canada. He has performed at world-renowned venues from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center.
About the same time he moved to New York, he bought his first guitar, named it George, and began songwriting. Whilst working in the theatre and keeping afloat between gigs, he started performing his own music at such iconic venues as CBGB Lounge, the Duplex and Rose’s Turn.
Richard currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he continues to work on his music and various writing projects, all while searching for the Great Pumpkin.