A versatile vocalist, and an undiscovered treasure, Richard’s career began in Philadelphia in 1960 when he had the opportunity, at fourteen, to open for B.B. King. He has since gone on to have an impressive career in music consisting of professional recordings, headlining many prestigious venues, and maintaining various professional affiliations.
Cookie’s voice is especially suited to well-known classic standards and his inspiration is drawn from the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Hartman. In fact, you can hear a bit of each when Richard sings. Richard has studied voice with screenplay writer Jay Fredricks of Westport, vocal coach Jackie Presti of NYC, and Voices International of NYC. Richard also provides vocal coaching to several seasoned and non-seasoned singers. Richard maintains a close relationship with the well-known studios in CT including Carriage House Studio of Stamford, Presence Studio of Westport, and Edge Studio of Fairfield—one of the area’s leading resources for voice-over education. He is affiliated with James Daniel Music of Stamford, John Ragusa Music of NYC and the Johnston Agency of Norwalk. Richard currently performs at Soundwaters Community Center in Stamford, which is home based. Additionally, he performs at other well-know venues such as the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk, the Foxwoods Casino, the Jackie Robinson Jazz Festival in Norwalk, the Rich Forum & Palace theaters in Stamford, the Greenwich Polo Club, and Danny’s Skylight Room, the Carlyle, and Waldorf Astoria hotels in NYC. He has also performed for the Christopher Reeves Foundation and Pitney Bowes, Inc. Richard’s full list of past performances around the country can be found at cookiethomas.com. Richard has shared the stage with countless talented musicians over the years. Notable pianists include Alan Simon, Danny Mixon, Rob Silvan, Jay Rowe, Chris Coogan, Joe McWilliams, and Sarah Jane Cion, winner of the 1999 Great American Jazz Piano competition. Richard also performs with guitarists Chris Morrison, Carmine Marino and John Cain and drummers Bobby Leonard, Don Mulvaney, and Arti Dixon, who toured with Ahmid Jamal. He has impressed audiences with saxophonists Marion Meadows, Houston Pearson, and Ken Gioffre, and bassist Phil Bowler, who accompanied Horace Silver, in addition to having the opportunity to perform with the world famous Joyce DiCamillo Trio. Richard’s current CD, Touch You With A Song, produced and arranged by pianist John di Martino, is a complement to his collection, which includes The Pleasure Of Your Company and Holiday Classics, both arranged by pianist Lynne Arriale. His latest recording Live At SoundWaters was performed on location at SoundWaters.