Richard Hollis is a gospel-soul singer-songwriter who has began to draw comparisons to r&b soul greats like David Ruffin and Anthony Hamilton for his raw unrefined vocals and urban soul-stirring message. He gained national and international attention in Japan and The United Kingdom with his debut album Brand New Start (2008) which featured the singles “Jesus Saves” and “Do Your Dance”. Since the release of his first independent studio album Hollis has recorded over 1,250,000 web impressions consisting of site hits, social media views, online music streams, downloads and record sales combined.
Hollis was born in Houston, Texas. 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 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.
Through the calling of ministry Richard has been blessed to share the platform with r&b legend Howard Hewitt, Stellar Award nominees Kim Burrell and traditional gospel recording group Endurance. He has opened for contemporary gospel recording artist 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. He is currently in the studio recording material for his second studio album.