Rik's love for singing began early, with his first recordings being created at the age of 9, and his first TV appearance at 12. Rik has since performed in many, clubs, concerts, shows, on Radio and TV.
During his military service, Rik was fortunate to be part of the US Army's "Bayonet Chorus" where he performed for the troops, top brass, at many events and colleges plus on TV.
After his tour of duty, Rik returned to college to major in music. He also established a successful career as an Artist and Sculptor, and his works are found in museums and fine art collections worldwide.
Rik has performed in many musicals, receiving glowing reviews for major rolls including: Johnny Brown in "Unsinkable Molly Brown."
Rik also enjoyed being a singer at the Bouzey Rouge Restaurant, where his rendition of “Music of the Night” was frequently requested.
But life always brings changes, and after several years of music and art successes, Rik was faced with the reality of increasing back problems, forcing him to curtail
most performing and musical activities.
After spinal surgery, Rik's health improved, and he was able to perform again. Cast as Freddie Einsford Hill in "My Fair Lady." he received glowing reviews for his rousing rendition of "On the Street Where You Live" And People were requesting music CDs, inspiring Rik
to record his debut album "for the first time".
Rik was excited to again pursue his art career,
and took the majority of his sculpture molds to have new castings made for major show.
But one fateful morning Rik received a phone call from the distraught art foundry owner, informing him that during the night, a gas leak had caused a major explosion, destroying the building housing all of Rik's.
After that devastating news, Rik had to look at his prospects. He loved creating art and continued to create new sculptures, but also began spending
more time performing and singing, including roles
in several musical stage productions.
(Rik is also currently recording his 6th album)