Richie Kotzen is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began playing piano at the age of five. At the age of seven he was inspired by the band KISS to learn the electric guitar. Relentlessly developing chops and his own unique voice on the guitar, he started his career in a band named Arthurs Museum. Kotzen was eventually discovered by Shrapnel Records' Mike Varney, and he recorded his first solo album by the age of 19. He created the video Rock Chops for REH video in 1989, highlighting many of his formative techniques, including using wide-intervals and fluid sweeping.
Richie Kotzen ( Poison, Mr. Big) came into the public eye in the early 90's with his eponomously titled solo release that established him as a guitar prodigy and helped land him the cover of Guitar World Magazine. Kotzen was then asked to join "Poison" and co-wrote most of the songs on the gold record "Native Tongue." Over the years Kotzen has developed as a singer songwriter and has stayed busy with an active solo career.