It is easy to see that the music market today seems to be over-saturated. It is full of artists and bands attempting to differentiate themselves from each other in hopes of 'making it', and catching the ever so elusive musical dream of fame and fortune. For Ontario resident Richard Drew this vision of success is very unfulfilling leaving much to be desired, and seems to be-little the purity and power within musical creation. Richard brings a refreshing new outlook to the music scene, as one who sees success not in CD sales and popularity, but in the ability to share his life with those around him and build meaningful relationships though singing and songwriting. Richard explains his outlook: 'Music can connect people in ways that nothing else can. Someone who I have never met can hear me play a song and find that it relates directly to their own life experience, or brings them to see some aspect of life in a new way. When I see the development of this type of connection or have the pleasure of chatting with someone about it, I see the true power and beauty in music in it's most pure form. For me, this is what makes writing and playing songs worth it - what a blessing it is to be able to share my life with others through such a beautiful form of expression.' Richard proceeds with this at the core of his musical outlook and incorporates these ideas into practice whenever possible. In the summer of 2008 Richard began work on his debut album and by the time of it's release in March 2010 it was over a year and a half in the making. The production process was slow but steady as Richard, and co-producer Martin Lewis, have taken the time to make sure things were done right. With Martin's connections in the Nashville music industry, the album features top-notch session players from 'Music City' such as: Drummer Justin Johnson, Bassist Matt Pierson, Guitarist Jerry McPherson, and others who help to bring out the best in Richard's catchy melodies, which portray similarities to the likes of John Mayer and Jack Johnson and yet retain a uniqueness all their own. As the album nears completion Richard shows that his belief in music as a way to facilitate something greater than his own success, is not just a nice idea but is something close to his heart. Practicing what he preaches, Richard has decided that 100% of the profits from the initial few months of album sales will go towards a non-profit organization or group that could use the financial aid. At the initial CD release show just over $1000 was raised in CD sales which was donated to The Water School, an organization that works towards providing sustainable provision of clean water to many people throughout Africa. Fame and fortune have never been the focus for Richard and he is convinced that for him, the reward of this project is in the joy of creating and sharing his music - and wants nothing more than to use his gift to bless others.