The spiritual convictions of multi-instrumentalist Richard Cepeda have been expressed through his merengue-influenced music. An ordained minister and evangelist, Cepeda has produced sacred recordings for such artists as Giovanni Rios, Mary Rodriguez, David and Abraham, Edwin Ramirez, Cristy Towers, Eric Perdomo, and Maribel Grove. His debut album, Llenate De Gozo, was named Tropical Disc of 1997. His second album, Con Jubile Con Alegria, which followed two years later, was equally impressive. The American-born son of Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, Cepeda studied violin, piano, and acoustic guitar as a youngster. His first professional performances came as a member of his uncle, Bonny Cepeda's merengue band. Although religion had little impact on his early life, Cepeda was deeply moved by a visit to the Alive Water Source church in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Dedicating his life to serving Jesus Christ, he moved to Costa Rica to make his ministry in what he called "the Switzerland of Central America."
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