Gospel singer best known as the founder of The Richard Smallwood Singers. He is a multiple-time Grammy nominee for albums like 1984's "Psalms".
He earned degrees in Vocal Performance and Piano from Harvard University, from which he graduated cum laude.
He received the 2000 Stellar Award for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year for his live album "Healing - Live in Detroit".
His father, Chester R. Smallwood, was a reverend who preached at local churches.
His music has been covered by a variety of contemporary artists, including singer Yolanda Adams.