Richard Cunningham born May 20, 1955 in New Haven, Connecticut, was raised in a musical home. His father was the music instructor in the small New England town in which he grew up. Whether it was recorded music playing or band rehearsals or lessons in the house, Ric was engulfed in music. He went on to West Chester University to study Classical Music for two years before transferring up to Berklee College of Music to concentrate on Jazz and Contemporary Music and to study sax under the guidance of world renowned woodwind instructor, Joe Viola. Ric graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Music Education, but his real love was playing live and recording. After graduating he remained in the Boston area for several years playing with various Latin, Funk and Jazz Bands and also recording with several well know local artists: Bill Chinnock, Jonathan Edwards, Mat ‘Guitar’ Murphy(Blues Brothers) and Joe Perry(Aerosmith).
In 1983 Ric moved out to Los Angeles and worked with many artists before starting his 2 year stint with legendary R&B singer, Joe Cocker. After several World Tours and recording sessions, Ric left the band to relocate back on the East Coast(N.Y.C.), where he set up his recording studio/production house/record label, Music41, which specialized in background music for TV, Film and Commercials. He wrote, produced and performed the theme for MTVsports, music for the NBC Olympics, NBA, Daytime Dramas ‘Another World’, ‘Guiding Light’, ‘Santa Barbara’, commercials for Dodge, British Airlines, NY Mets and World Diamond Council and background music for the films “Soul in the Hole”(1997), “Invicta”(2009) and played on a song in “Bull Durham”(1988).
Ric has relocated to his home town area where he is now concentrating on a solo career in the Smooth Jazz/ Modern Lounge genre, with the release of his debut CD, ”Adventures in the Modern Lounge”(2010).
1981 Afternoon Delights General Hospi-Tale MCA Records
1980 Bill Chinnock Dime Store Heroes North Country Records
1983 Joe Perry Project Once a Rocker Always a Rocker MCA Records
1986 The Western Vacation Steve Vai Presents: Western Vacation Akashic Records (US)
1987 Joe Cocker Unchain My Heart Capital Records
1988 Malcolm McCallum K.1.W.1.
1989 Various Artists Guitar's Practicing Musicians 1
2003 Steve Vai Various Artists:Archives, Vol. 4 Light Without Heat
2010 Ric Cunningham Adventures in the Modern Lounge
1986 Joe Cocker “You Can Leave Your Hat On” Music Video
1987 Joe Cocker “Unchain My Heart” Music Video
1987 Joe Cocker - Live at Montreux 1987 DVD