Richard “88 Fingers” Turner, Jr. is a phenomenal producer, songwriter, and performer.
Richard began performing at the young age of 10. His first recording was at the age of 13. He has developed an extensive and varied musical repertoire that includes jazz, gospel, stage play, and hip-hop.
He has proven to be an outstanding choir director and organist for several churches in the Los Angeles, California area, where he resides.
Turner earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from California State University Dominguez Hills. Industry insiders frequently comment that Richard overwhelms the piano and organ. He also is quite skilled on bass guitar and woodwinds.
His moniker, “88 Fingers” was given to him by his peers, because of his exciting and expert playing of the piano at every performance!
Richard Turner’s unique versatility has been enjoyed in live performances with numerous industry giants throughout his career, including James Ingram, late Teena Marie, Patti Austin, Paul Jackson, Jr., Karen Briggs, Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, and Beau Williams.
For the last 14 years he has worked as musical director for smooth jazz sensation saxophonist Eric Darius. He serves as Minister of Music at the Second Mount Carmel Church, Full Gospel Church and First New Christian Fellowship, all in Los Angeles.
His incredible ability can be heard on Hidden Beach Records releases Unwrapped Volumes 1, 3, and 4; Yvette M. Devereaux Christmas Favorites on Violin & Piano, Christmas with Richard Turner, Jr. featuring Chemistry and Friends Volume 1; Hallelujah Time featuring The New Vision Mass Choir Volume 1.
He teaches 4th – 8th grade band at The Holy Name of Jesus School. Richard has also taught at The Pasadena Music Conservatory, Compton Music Conservatory, and previously was a representative of MIDISOFT. Richard has the pressing desire to educate aspiring musicians through the teaching and the performance of music and related arts. He is a gifted artist that strongly believes in sharing what God has given him.
His is a talent not to be missed.