I'm Richard Lopez, producer, director and guitarist of One Accord Band. Born in New York City and raised in the city of Jersey City. I've always found myself very much inclined to the art of music. Coming from a long line of musicians in my family, it was only a matter of time before I would pick up a guitar and follow in their footsteps. I remember sitting in the front pews of the church admiring the musicians and the sounds that came out of their instruments. But true inspiration came from my uncle, Ramon “Monchito” Cruz, an amazing musician and a Latin pioneer player of the Latin “Tres” from Puerto Rico.Through him I learned my first guitar chords and at the age of 16 that's when it all began.
In 2003, One Accord Band was formed as a production band with the purpose of recording artists wanting to make a difference in the Latin Christian industry. One Accord Band is made of different genres —Latin, Jazz, R&B and Pop. After many venues and at the request of many, we decided to commit ourselves in becoming a performing band. Today, we are working on our soon to be released project titled One Accord Band & Friends featuring various Latin Christian artists such as Any Puello, Helen R. Muzic, Sammy Navarro and many more. I have been blessed to be inspired and surrounded by so many great musicians and artists.
One Accord Band strives towards excellence. We want our passion and vision to envelope all that hear us and promote a spirit of praise and worship to our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ!
Music — the soul of people.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."