Zachary Richard is a Louisiana singer, songwriter, and poet who works in both French and English. Born in Louisiana on September 8, 1950, Richard is a direct descendant of the original Acadian refugees and was heavily influenced by the styles of Zydeco, Cajun music, and New Orleans rhythm and blues found in Louisiana. He is a founding member of Action Cadienne, a group dedicated to the preservation of the French language in Louisiana. Richard is also a published poet. Richard moved to Québec and continued his musical career there.