Dove award nominee, Richard Kingsmore, is considered one of the foremost arrangers and orchestrators in Christian publishing today. He has been arranging, orchestrating and producing music for the past 30 years through companies like Word, Warner, Lifeway, Lillenas, Brentwood Benson, Integrity, PraiseGathering, Alfred, Hal Leonard, David C. Cook, Praisecharts and many more. Music ministers and publishers around the world have come to associate his name with quality arrangements for choir, orchestra, praise band, and piano. He is a highly sought-after clinician for conferences, workshops, churches, universities and as a freelance arranger/orchestrator.
Richard also has a music production and consulting company, Kingsmore MusicWorks, Inc., where the vision is to inspire and to create music that inspires. As part of this vision, he launched the popular orchestra series called, NextGen Orchestra. The idea for this series was born out of a need to provide resources to better connect the traditional orchestra and the more modern praise band in our worship services. This series fills that gap as it combines the modern sounds of the praise band with the color and excitement that only an orchestra can bring.
A native of Texas, Richard began playing the piano at the age of six and studied music at Samford University, the University of Alabama, and Eastman School of Music. He started his career by traveling and performing with the group Truth and later began working as a freelance musician and arranger for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. His love for the piano continues today as he writes and performs his own signature style music for solo piano. In 2003, he founded Vertical Generation, a 200+ member high school worship and arts ministry that leads students to worship and show compassion locally, nationally, and internationally. For twelve years, he directed Vertical Generation at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC but has since passed that baton and is now using his experience and strategies to help other ministries start their own successful student worship and arts ministries. He is currently serving as Worship Arts Artist in Residence at First Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC and is also a consultant with various churches and ministries across the country providing leadership to their worship ministry needs. He and his wife, Gina, also lead worship together and are the founders of StoneBridge - a music team that teaches and leads worship internationally.