During his time spent in USC’s Popular Music program, Winston Richards has studied under country jazzmaster Steve Trovato, smooth jazz virtuoso Richard Smith, hired guns Andy Abad and Will Hollis and bluesman Tim Kobza. Motown, funk, rock, jazz, fusion, blues and country were all genres that Richards studied while attending USC. Steve Miller once told him he had “great tone and rhythmic groove” after performing a cover of “Peg” by Steely Dan. In 2010, Winston had the honor of performing multiple shows at the Grammy Museum sponsored by the Al Sherman Foundation. Also around this time, Richards formed an original classic rock band Legacy, comprised of USC Popular Music students, including Steve Perry-influenced vocalist Nick Belcher and bassist Amin Jazayeri.
Since then, Winston has been busy songwriting, recording and performing with various artists and friends. For the last year, he has been playing steady gigs on the Sunset Strip as a part of high octane rock n’ roll band Ten to Midnite, with Tommy Delaney on lead vocals, Dani Waters on bass, Jody Rohl on guitar and Vince Milanov on drums. Mentored by USC Popular Music and Studio Jazz faculty member Tim Kobza, Winston is currently in the studio recording his debut solo instrumental E.P titled Reformation, which is due out in May of 2015. As a live/session guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, artist, and producer, Winston continues to pursue music as his ultimate passion.