Rick Tippe was born into country music, the eldest son of CCMA and BCCMA Hall of Fame member Elmer Tippe. Rick grew up in Maple Ridge, BC where as a child he played minor hockey and took guitar lessons. Rick's dream was to be a songwriter, at 11 years old he began to write. He got his first break as a songwriter at 16 when his dad recorded three of his songs and released two of them to Canadian country radio. Shortly after Rick graduated from high school and landed a job at the Hammond Saw Mill. He then married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie.