I have been on the spiritual path for as long as I can remember. I began singing when I was about five, then progressed into the church and school choirs, trios and solos. Afterward, I pursued my professional life and returned to music in the early 1990s. I eventually began doing guest musical appearances at various churches around Western Oregon in 1999. And I have been singing off and on, mostly on, ever since. It is my joy, my calling, my best work.
Today, I delight in presenting inspirational and spiritual music to residents of retirement communities, senior centers, and senior community events, especially those on a budget who still would appreciate a good musical program for a fair cost. I create all the music in my own studio. I do the instruments, the back-up vocals, and production; then I burn it to CD and sing along with myself, including harmonies. (I often have spiritual epiphanies while creating new music. I’m pretty sure those experiences find their way into the words and lyrics.)
You, the audience, can expect an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes of music, banter, and lots of interaction, laughter and smiles. My music is a combination of original compositions and more familiar contemporary spiritual music. I bring all my own equipment — speakers, mics, mixer, CD player — so the only things I need are electrical outlets and good room acoustics… and an audience, of course.
Joy Jamboree: Heart, Soul, Sizzle
- Heart: The organ we usually think of in terms of pump, blood, and beat has its own way of responding to music. Music stirs cells, nerves, and capillaries. Healing begins.
- Soul: Whether you think of the soul as an entity separate from the physical body, or the essence of all you are that connects you to the earth, or any other view you may have of it, music makes the soul dance, refresh itself, laugh. And laughter, like music, is healing.
- Sizzle: What’s life without a little pizzazz, eh? No matter the weather, no matter the mood, the right music, uplifting, move-y music can give you just the sizzle you need to make your day the best one yet.
Come visit me at ‘ Joy Jamboree: Heart, Soul, Sizzle!’
Richard Kent Matthews sings from his heart, soul, and spirit to audiences in retirement communities, senior centers, and other senior events all over the Portland, OR, metro area. (As an ordained minister, Richard is also a professional wedding officiant and creates original music for your ceremony if you want it!)