Rick Zeek began his musical life playing organ and singing in his Trucksville, Pennsylvania church as a young child of 8 years. In the early '90s he accepted the job of Music Director, and for 7 years he was the Worship leader for both the church and for youth camps and men’s spiritual retreats, during which time his Gospel writing and performing career began.
From 2006 through 2008, Rick co-produced and directed the music at the “Three Bells Cafe", a music ministry/spiritual music venue in Santa Cruz that featured many local artists as well as his own group, Brookside.
He is currently a worship leader at the First Palo Alto United Methodist Church along with Rhan Wilson and was a member of the Sista Monica Gospel Choir for over three years, leaving to work on and record his own gospel music.
Rick's other current Santa Cruz projects include: "Matthew, Mark, Uke & John", a monthly Gospel Ukulele gathering and Festival Workshop; a vocalist/guitarist singer/songwriter in both the "The Tailgaters” and the aforementioned "Brookside" bands, the latter of which features Rhan Wilson, Patti Maxine and Terry Shields.
He co-produced “An Altared Christmas" and other "Rhan Wilson Presents" shows together with Rhan, and was part of the “Treasure Team”, one of three artists that brought life to Treasures Roadhouse, a performance and rehearsal venue in Corralitos.
In addition to performing, Rick is a Stage Manager for many Santa Cruz shows including the Planet Cruz Comedy Show.
RICK ZEEK and BROOKSIDE
Performing an assortment of Americana styled covers, as well as Rick's heartfelt and catchy originals, BROOKSIDE features Rhan Wilson on guitar, Patti Maxine on lap steel, and Terry Shields on bass.
They have played all around Santa Cruz, including:
Don Quixote's International Music Hall