Richard Kiser

MUSIC THAT SPEAKS TO THE SOUL
Richard is a solo finger-style guitarist who has devoted his talent to Jesus Christ. He travels all over the country ministering to all ages playing many different styles of Gospel music and sharing his testimony. Richard is in a “full time” ministry as he travels with his wife Esther. His many venues range from churches to concert halls to special events, as well as  RV resorts and dinner clubs, men’s retreats, and even wild game banquets. His style of music ranges from southern gospel to contemporary Christian; praise and worship to traditional hymns and even some secular music. Send Richard an e-mail and let him know you are praying for him in the ministry. Your support to his ministry is deeply appreciated.

May God bless you.

*Bio

about Richard

Richard began teaching himself to play guitar at the age of thirteen. Even at a young age he loved the finger-picking style of Chet Atkins. At the age of sixteen, Richard dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and began playing guitar for a gospel singing group.

In the late sixties and early seventies, Richard was playing lead guitar for a southern gospel group traveling all over the country. After his third son was born, Richard felt that God was compelling him to get off the road and become a full time dad and husband.

For the next 25 years he worked in a local church and confined his music to his church and some occasional studio session work. In the early 90’s Richard started touring again, this time as a solo concert guitarist, sharing his testimony and ministry in churches, dinner theaters, sportsmen’s banquets, RV resorts, seniors ministry functions and even public schools.

To date, he has recorded eleven CDs and three instructional videos. He has also produced and played as session guitarist for over two dozen country and gospel artists.

Richard’s concert schedule has consisted of over one hundred twenty five concerts a year nationwide and in Europe. He plays each year as a guest for the Chet Atkins appreciation society in Nashville, and has performed with many artists such as Roy Clark, Charlie McCoy, Boots Randolph, Phil Driscoll, The Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Fairchild, The Booth Brothers, Chubby Checker, Gloria Gainer, and many of the top southern gospel and contemporary Christian groups. His CDs are being played on radio stations all over the world and he is now touring worldwide.

Richard has won more than 70 major award as a result of his playing some of which include:

Instrumentalist of the Decade

From the International Country Gospel Music Association

Three Time Artist of the year Award

From the Country Gospel Music Association in Branson

Telly Award

For playing significant roll in a concert video from the the Country Gospel Music Association in Branson

Two Time Instrumentalist of the Year

From the Artists Music Guild

Country Gospel Hall of Fame (2009)

From the Country Gospel Music Association

Kentucky Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame

From the Kentucky Thumbpicker club

When I think about the meaning of that word in looking back on the past seven years of my music ministry, I sometimes stand in awe…not at any accomplishments that I have made but at what God has done in this ministry in such a short time. I remember when my wife Esther and I were sitting at a table having dinner with “The Chandlers”, a very popular southern gospel singing group and Lenoir Chandler was telling me that my unique music ministry would be “blazing a trail” for other instrumentalist I have to admit, I was so excited but a little apprehensive. Now, as I reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness I see that Lenoir was right. Of course the awards and recognition over the past few years has been special to me because much of it came from my peers, but most important have been the simple things like an email from a thirteen year old boy who said that my music has helped to draw him closer to God. It is times like that that I am reminded that my mission is only to plant a seed. That seed is to be one of hope and encouragement to young and old. My desire is to plant it through my music and through my testimony. When I weigh my ministry with these scales of hope, then all the other blessings that God has allowed me to experience are just other indicators of His goodness. Although I have had the pleasure of experiencing some great concerts such as the Independence Day Celebration at Liberty University, with the contemporary Christian group “Sierra” and the great Charlton Heston, and sharing my music with many of the great musicians at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society, and with the Georgia Fingerstyle Guitar Association, I am constantly reminded that my heart is in ministering in churches.

I also look back over the year 2001 with thanksgiving and with sorrow. I am saddened by the loss of my dear friend and mentor Chet Atkins. I will miss you Chet. I also share the same sadness that we all experienced from the events of Sept 11th. I was on a tour out in Colorado during that time. I remember that a week after that tragedy I was with my family up in the Rocky Mt National Park. As I looked down over the vast valleys and the beautiful forests of Aspen trees, I stopped and thought; Man can destroy what Man built, but no man can destroy what God has built. God is, and has always been in control. Then I remembered I John 4:4, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world”

Now I consider the next “reflection” that I face, and that is my personal reflection. My hope is that those who see me and hear my music will see a reflection of Him. My hope and desire is to be used as an instrument of Him, just as my guitar is to me, and that the music and the testimony will reflect a message of Gods goodness and Hope. As I look into the year 2002 and beyond, I am excited about the future and my ministry. I look forward to meeting so many of you and making new friends and hopefully bringing a smile to your heart by way of my music.

In His Hands

Richard

Richard's endorsements

  • 2013 ARTISTS MUSIC GUILD Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 2013 CGMA Silver Heart Media Personality of the Year
  • 2013 CGMA Silver Heart Producer of the Year
  • 2013 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor  of the Year
  • 2013 EMMY Nominee from ARTISTS MUSIC GUILD VIDEO
  • 2012 ARTISTS MUSIC GUILD Instrumentalist of the Year
  • 2012 CGMA Silver Heart Producer of the Year
  • 2012 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor of the Year
  • 2011 CGMA Silver Heart Recruiter of the Year
  • 2011 CGMA Silver Heart Esteemed Servant of the Year
  • 2010 CGMA Golden Heart Producer of the Year
  • 2010 CGMA Silver Heart Producer of the Year
  • 2010 CGMA Silver Heart Favorite Artist of the Year
  • 2010 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor of the Year
  • 2009 Inducted into the CGMA Hall of Fame in Branson Mo
  • 2008 TELLY AWARD (Participating in “Lets Do This Together) Video
  • 2008 CGMA Silver Heart Producer of the Year
  • 2008 CGMA Silver Heart Manager of the Year
  • 2008 CGMA CGMA Silver Heart Promoter of the Year
  • 2008 CGMA Golden Heart Mentor of the Year
  • 2008 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor of the Year
  • 2008 CGMA Silver Heart Favorite Artist of the Year
  • 2008 CGMA CGMA Silver Heart Esteemed Servant of the Year
  • 2007 CGMA Instrumentalist Of The Decade Award
  • 2007 CGMA Platinum Heart Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 2007 CGMA Golden Heart Mentor Of The Year
  • 2007 CGMA Golden Heart Promoter Of The Year
  • 2007 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor Of The Year
  • 2007 CGMA Silver Heart Recruiter Of The Year
  • 2007 CGMA Silver Heart Promoter Of The Year
  • 2007 Country Gospel Connection Choice Award Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 2006 CGMA Platinum Heart InterNational Instrumentalist Award
  • 2006 CGMA Golden Heart Andy Tydlaska Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 2006 CGMA Golden Heart Producer Of The Year
  • 2006 CGMA Golden Heart Favorite Artist Of The Year
  • 2006 CGMA Silver Heart Andy Tydlaska Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 2006 CGMA Silver Heart Producer Of The Year
  • 2006 CGMA Silver Heart Favorite Artist Of The Year
  • 2006 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor Of The Year
  • 2005 CGMA Golden Heart Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 2005 CGMA Golden Heart Andy Tydlaska Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 2005 CGMA Golden Heart Favorite Artist Of The Year
  • 2005 CGMA Silver Heart Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 2005 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor Of The Year
  • 2005 CGMA Silver Heart Andy Tydlaska Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 2005 CGMA Silver Heart Favorite Artist Of The Year
  • 2004 CGMA Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 2004 InterNational Andy Tydlaska Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 2004 CGMA Silver Heart Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 2004 CGMA Silver Heart Mentor Of The Year
  • 2004 CGMA Andy Tydlaska Esteemed Pioneer Award
  • 1999 ICGMA Instrumentalist Of The Decade
  • 1999 CGMA Instrumentalist Of The Year NE Region
  • 1999 CGMA Producer Of The Year NE Region
  • 1999 CGMA Esteemed Servant  Award NE Region
  • 1999 ICGMA Gold Cross, Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 1999 ICGMA Artist Of The Decade
  • 1998 CGMA Regional  Instrumentalist Of The Year NE Region
  • 1998 CGMA Regional  Artist Of The Year NE Region
  • 1998 CGMA Regional  Producer Of The Year NE Region
  • 1998 CGMA Esteemed Servant  Award NE Region
  • 1998 CGMA Favorite Artist Of The Year National
  • 1998 CGMA Instrumentalist Of The Year National
  • 1998 ICGMA Gold Cross, Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 1998 WROM Radio Station Fan  Award, Artist Of The Year
  • 1997 CGMA Silver Heart Award, Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 1996 ICGMA Gold Cross, InterNational Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 1996 Great Plains Gospel Music Magazine Fan Award, Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 1995 ICGMA Silver Cross, National Instrumentalist Of The Year
  • 1995 ICGMA Bronze Cross, Appalachian Region Instrumentalist

ICGMA: InterNational Country Gospel Music Association
CGMA : Country Gospel Music Association

Richard Kiser: 'Above All'

*ENDORSEMENTS

Richard's endorsements

*TESTIMONIALS

testimonials

Pastor Dennis Ritchey

His ministry is entirely instrumental in nature, and freshly unique in its delivery. His playing is professional in quality, but is very down home in presentation; creating an atmosphere of warm and personal worship and communion.

Roanoke Times and World News

Kiser’s performance transcends any single genre. His instrumental performance ranges from South Gospel to Spirituals to Contemporary Christ, to traditional Hymns to Country Gospel…

Sarah Palin

Your guitar playing is so beautiful, I love it!

Roy Clark

You’re a good picker and I can hear Chet’s influence in your playing…

Doyle Dykes

Once in a while a guitar player comes along that will make people sit up and take notice. Richard’s playing did that for me. Very smooth and creative touch…

Pastor of Portsmouth Church

I love your talent but even more so I am impressed with your heart and your spirit.

Richard is available to come to your church or special occasion to minister in concert and bring smiles to those who hear him play. Feel free to contact Richard Kiser Ministries for more information and a promotional packet.

*CALENDAR

see Richard in concert

If you are considering having Richard in concert please contact us as soon as possible so we can lock in your date. Below is our calendar, Richard would love to see you at his next concert.

Upcoming Events

Richard Kiser

Richard is a solo finger-style guitarist who has devoted his talent to Jesus

*CONTACT

Richard would love to hear from you!

Mail

Rwkmusic@gmail.com

My location

Salem, Virginia, USA

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