Mark and Katharyn Richt’s second oldest son now lives within walking distance of Vanderbilt Stadium.
“Oh, yeah, definitely,” David Richt said. “That’s what I’ll be doing.”
The freshman at Belmont University is pursuing a career in music business in Nashville, Tenn., at a school that’s spawned country stars Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Trisha Yearwood, Florida-Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley and Christian artist Steven Curtis Chapman.
David is 18 and released a seven-song contemporary Christian album Everybody Matters last winter.
“I like all kinds of music – country, rock, pop – anything that has a positive message,” David said. “I don’t like to fill my mind with things that won’t have me focused on good things. I will listen to a lot of different genres, especially if it’s good clean music.”
David turned his focus to music before his sophomore year at Prince Avenue Christian when he decided to give up football.
The wide receiver/free safety walked away from the sport that his father, Georgia’s head coach for 13 seasons, is synonymous with for his passion of music.
“It was really towards the end of the summer,” Mark Richt remembered. “He had worked all summer with the team, all the summer workouts. Camp was getting ready to start and he just kind of came to me a little sheepishly and said, ‘Dad, I don’t think I want to play anymore.’
“I said, ‘That’s fine. Can you tell me why?’ He said, ‘Well, in football, you’ve got to hit people, and I don’t really want to hit anybody, Dad. Also in football, you get hit a lot. I don’t really want to get hit.’ I said, ‘Son, that’s the best reason I’ve ever heard for not wanting to play football.’ ”
Then Mark Richt gave his son a hug.
He took piano lessons starting in the fourth grade and has worked with a voice coach.
David sang the national anthem at a few Georgia basketball game last season and sang in churches in Athens and Gainesville and performed at AtlantaFest, a Christian music festival.
He’s worked together with Georgia receiver Chris Conley, who plays the guitar.
“He’s definitely grown a whole lot over these past couple of years,” Conley said.
Now David is studying in what’s often called Music City.
“I don’t know if it’s the mecca of music period, but it’s pretty strong,” Mark said.
David, who will get a chance to stop by the team hotel Friday night to see his father, sees himself in five years as a Christian artist “speaking out and doing things for the glory of God and his Kingdom. I’ll be whatever I need to be in five years as long as it’s doing God’s will.”