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Rick Florian

Rick Florian

Rick Florian (born April 10, 1962 in South Bend, Indiana) is a musician, songwriter and producer, most known for being the lead singer of Contemporary Christian Music rock band Whiteheart since 1986. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Lisa, one of his three sons and his daughter, and works as a real estate agent. Rick still dons his voice to several music projects over the year.

Whiteheart

Florian was a three-time lighting tech/roadie for the band back in the 80s. When Florian was caught off guard singing and dancing to Whiteheart's songs, he was asked to audition for the open position as the band's vocalist. He got the job and recorded eight studio albums with them.

Throughout his tenure with the band, he was praised on several occasions for his clean voice and excellent performing abilities. He could always find a clever spot to show off his back handspring in each concert. Despite not being a founding member, he became the core of Whiteheart along with Billy Smiley and Mark Gersmehl (who's also an Indiana native, like Florian himself). Florian issued a statement several years ago that the band was only at "a dormant stage", but it is unlikely that they will ever play again in the near future. Florian explained that once Whiteheart's favorite Tour Manager (Bob Sauer) left the group for the pursuit of advanced studies in comedic entertainment in Dec of 1992, the energy simply no longer existed at the same "frenzied" level which is considered crucial to a rock group's ongoing success. Sauer fully accepts the responsibility of expediting the group's demise.

Other recent projects

Florian has worked with Flumpa's World, a children project. He also sang in a project from Whiteheart's founder, Billy Smiley called Neverlost.

Name spelling

When Florian released his first album with Whiteheart, a tradition of using unique spelling variations of his name for each album begun. There is no precise account as to who started it, but it remained up until the last albums of the band. However, it appeared again in the Neverlost album.

The various spellings used have been: Ric, Rikk, Riq, Ricke, Rhic, Rikcq, Ricque. For the record, the correct spelling of his name is simply Rick.

Where is Rick now?

Florian is currently working as a real estate agent for ERA in the Brentwood, Tennessee area. You can see his website here: http://www.rickflorian.com/rickflorian/default.htm

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