Richard Trest is a New Orleans native who grew up on the Mississippi Gulf coast. His first garage band (at 16) played all the 60's rock covers to which they could figure out the chords. He wailed on guitar, bass, lead and harmony vocals, and later harmonica, but he knew he was college bound, so soon studies and odd jobs to pay for school led him to only play some acoustic tunes with friends. After college, a corporate call landed him a career job in Baton Rouge where he settled in with a wife and a son. But Richard (Ri'chard stuck as a nickname in Baton Rouge) still found time to play at clubs and festivals in Louisiana, as well as in Michigan and Texas for occasional nights and weekends. He started writing songs in the late 1990's and ultimately moved to Nashville as his writing started getting attention.
Richard now has four children, mostly grown, and 14 acres just north of Nashville with horses and lots of pets. His wife (Debbie) has always been supportive of his writing passion and tolerant of his non-traditional workdays. Richard has become one of the Nashville song machine cogs, writing and co-writing with hit writers, producing, and supporting other songwriters and emerging artists.