Richard is closing in on one of his goals. His next performance will be Saturday at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, which seats 1,100. He'll open for the pop act The Ready Set and the show will benefit Ochsner Pediatric Programs, according to an Ochsner Health System news release.
Tina Richard, 48, said that her son's talent is remarkable, given the procedures he went through as a child.
"He's just very humble. He doesn't take anything for granted," she said. "Everything he accomplishes, he works hard at. Singing is just his thing."
Against the odds, Richard said he feels lucky to have accomplished something no one thought he'd be capable of doing.
"I think it's just a blessing," he said. "To be that blessed and overcome with something like that, I think it's really a miracle and I'm just so happy."