Ralph began his musical career at the ripe old age of five, when he performed for his brother's fifth grade class. His mother was his first piano teacher and after one year of lessons, shipped him off to another teacher for further studies. Ralph studied piano through his junior year in high school and began playing professionally when he was a senior. Since then, he has performed from Las Vegas to Florida and points in between. He continued piano studies through his sophomore year at Baylor University in Waco. He has performed with several choirs from elementary school through college and is currently a member of The Baylor Singing Seniors in Waco, Texas.
Ralph's love for gospel music began as a child when his father frequently took the family to Ft. Worth to hear the Stamps-Baxter Quartet. Childhood memories include hours around the piano with his family singing the old gospel standards. By combining his early gospel roots and his professional music career, he developed his own personal style of playing and singing. Ralph's music is a unique blend of gospel, fifties rock &roll and rhythm and blues and is loved by audiences of all ages.
Ralph's first CD "Songs from the Sanctuary" began in 1999 when his friend, Derin Landrum, planted the seed (insisted) that he should begin working on his first gospel album. Shortly after, Chris Wommack, Minister of Music at First Baptist Woodway, delivered a message on "The Prayer of Jabez". Ralph began daily prayers of "The Prayer of Jabez". Things started falling into place leading to the inspiration for his "Songs from the Sanctuary" album completed in late 2001.
In 2002, Ralph began writing with lyricist Wesley Vowell, compiling a number of new and exciting gospel songs. By the end of the year there were enough selections for a new CD. The "Brand New Day" project began in March and completed that summer.
“Down the Road” followed in 2005 and was another joint effort with Wesley Vowell.
Ralph’s next project was “Songs from the Broadman” in 2007. These were his favorites from the hymnal that he grew up singing.
In the spring of 2009, Ralph completed his Christmas Album “Christ in Christmas”. This joint effort with Dave Blanton, Micah Weaver, Wesley Vowell, Gene Vowell, Doddle Owens and Russ Roberts was filled with the joy of the season.
The fall of 2009 was the completion date of “Olde Time Religion”. Again, Wesley and Ralph put together a number of great songs. Russ Roberts and Dean Pankonien also contributed to the wonderful presentation.
In 2011, Wesley Vowell passed away and Ralph felt a tribute to his awesome talent was to be the next project. There were a number of songs that had been written but never recorded and Ralph went to work to honor his dear friend and fellow writer. “Thanks, Wesley” was completed and hopefully there is another in the wings, God willing.
Starting in fall of 2010, Ralph became Interim Music Minister at the First Baptist Church of Robinson, Texas. After one year, the church called a full time Minister of Music and Ralph restarted his Gospel Ministry. That lasted one week as Ralph was called as the Interim Music Minister at the First Baptist Church of Whitney, Texas. May 25th of 2014 was the last Sunday at First Baptist Whitney and Ralph has now restarted the Gospel Music Ministry one more time.
During the spring of 2014, Ralph and Kenny Gradel (owner of Gradeltone Studio) were approached to produce a Public Domain Album. In February of 2015 the project was completed and “Hymns from the Old Country Church” was released. There were many who contributed their talent to the overall presentation – Ken Frazier, Cecil Self, Colt Ferda, Dave Blanton and the “Angelic Host”. Kenny Gradel as engineer and friend really brought this project to a wonderful end. The Lord has truly had His hand in the making of this CD--bringing talented musicians and vocalists together to praise his name in song. It has truly been a labor of LOVE.
The Love of a Wonderful Wife, Friend, Girl Friend and Wardrobe Coordinator is a must for anyone who goes out and sings for all these years. Kay has been all of the above plus the real backbone of the Ministry and I Love her dearly.
As Jabez prayed-we hope you all are "Blessed Indeed".