Richard Alfonso Martinez, better known by the stage name Oz Fox, is the lead guitarist of the Christian glam metal band Stryper. Martinez' high school friends called him Oz in honor of Ozzy Osbourne due to his ability to emulate the vocals of Osbourne while playing Black Sabbath covers in his pre-Stryper days. He was recruited by the Sweet brothers in 1983 to form what would become Stryper. As a founding member of the band, Fox recorded and toured with Stryper until the band's first break up in 1992 but has since rejoined the band.
|Birth name||Richard Alfonso Martínez|
|Also known as||Oz Fox|
|Born||June 18, 1961|
|Genres||Christian metal, heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer|
|Labels||Big3 Records, Fifty Three Five Records|
|Associated acts||Stryper, SinDizzy, Bloodgood, Frank DiMino|
|Website||Oz Fox's Official site|
Christian rock pioneer and guitarist for the glam metal band Stryper.
He grew up in Whittier, California.
He gave private music lessons in Pasadena after his touring career ended.
His parents are Richard and Jessie Martinez.
He was heavily influenced by guitar innovator Eddie Van Halen.
- Musicians from Whittier, California
- Converts to evangelical Christianity from Roman Catholicism
- American heavy metal singers
- American heavy metal guitarists
- American evangelicals
- Former Roman Catholics
Latest information about Oz Fox updated on June 07 2021.