Most of his musical influences and style of performing
come from the New Jersey and New York area.
Rick started playing professionally while in college with dear friend and brother, James Freeman.
James gave Rick his start at a local venue and lounge in the Lumberton, NC area.
James was tragically killed in 1992.
In 1987 Rick joined the United States Marine Corps and served for six years. Rick is a combat veteran of the Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Rick married shortly after returning home in 1991.
Rick's music career started back up again when he joined
"Hey Buddy", the popular top 40 band in the Baltimore area. Rick was with the band until 1995.
In 2004 Rick founded and was the lead vocalist and keyboard player for the
Christian band, Know Mercy. Rick rocked the house of God in the Midwest for 7 years.
In 2011 Rick returned to the Sarasota area of Florida. A native of New Jersey, Rick brings that East Coast swagger and confidence to every gig. Along with Dave Glaser and Mike Rettig, he is a founding member of Renegade and his resume includes vast experience with a variety of pop, rock and Christian bands. A dynamic musician on keyboards, Rick also shines as the band's primary lead vocalist. His voice is versatile enough to handle even the most challenging artists of the second generation of classic rock.
A Message from Rick...
Thanks for visiting my website and for all the support
from the thousands of fans!
I look forward to rockin' with you at my solo gigs or with the band.
I am often asked who are my musical inspirations and idols...
well here ya go;
Sammy Hagar (my all time favorite!), Billy Joel, Mike Portnoy,
Steve Lukather, Travis Tritt, Springsteen, Michael Anthony, Joel Hoekstra, Eric Levy,
Don Barnes, Bobby Capps, Joan Jett, Vic Johnson, Simon Phillips,
Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Hall & Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Ross Vallory and Rick Wawrzeniak.
Dream Theater (Only with Mikey in the band)
...the list goes on...
Special inspiration to my amazing three children and incredible musicians,
John, Sarah and Rachael.
But most of all, my wife, Theresa, who supports, inspires and lets me do what I love...25+ years baby!!