I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be featured with Chris Rice, Ginny Owens, Andrew Greer, Bebo Norman Ed Cash, Sara Groves, and so many other great artists on Under the Radar’s Christmas music show this week (Episode 261). There are so many incredibly talented people on this show, I can’t believe I’m counted among them. Listen in to hear an hour of fantastic Christmas music this week on Under the Radar. My song is features 36 minutes and 39 seconds into the program (but who’s counting?).
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iTickets.com & Rick Lee James
Share the Gift of Free Music
Starting on Tuesday November 26th, I’m working with iTickets.com to offer you a free download of my new Christmas single, Christmas Time Is Here. This free song will only be available for one week, ending on December 3rd. After that you will have to buy it online (or steal it) like everyone else.
I also want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and I pray that you have a wonderful start to your Advent season this coming Sunday. And while I’m on the topic of Advent, this year I signed a contract deal with Lifeway Worship to publish my song, Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing). Just a reminder that you can still get free lead sheets for that song, as well as several others, at www.RickLeeJames.com
Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms
Lastly, I’m happy to announce that my book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms is now in production and I should have a few copies available to sell just in time for Christmas. These will be pre-release copies and only a few will be made available before 2014 so be watching you inbox for more details.
Starting Tuesday November 26th iTickets.com will be offering Rick Lee James’ new holiday single, “Christmas time Is Here” as the free download of the week. Feel free to change your Facebookcover photos to one of these shown below for the month of December to help spread the word about his new cover song. Preview “Christmas Time Is Here” at www.RickLeeJames.bandcamp.com
Today my son Alexander joins me again as I talk about ways that we might be able to celebrate Christmas and other Holy days more effectively. I also share the latest news about my book, including an endorsement by Michael Card.
Here’s the thing Western Christians, you’re doing Christmas wrong. For us the new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is the season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The Christmas season doesn’t begin until December 24th. From Christmas Eve until Epiphany we celebrate Christmastide, also known as the 12 days of Christmas. After the 12 days comes the Feast of Epiphany. Since the Magi didn’t visit Jesus until years after his birth, we don’t talk about the Wise Men until Epiphany arrives, directly after the Christmas Season. This leads us into ordinary time, which closes the Season of Christmas. Next comes the 6 week season of Lent, the seven week Season of Easter, Pentecost, and then ordinary time again until Advent rolls around again. Thanksgiving isn’t a liturgical holiday so it isn’t included unless you’re in the U.S., but isn’t in the Bible and is not sanctioned by the church. That doesn’t mean you can’t worship God by giving thanks, it’s jus not part of the liturgical year.
Charlie Sinclair is a content producer at Lifeway Worship in Nashville Tennessee. His new Advent/Christmas project, God Is With Us: A Christmas Worship Experience, is nothing short of amazing. It’s a chronological telling of the Christmas story, beginning with the pre-incarnate Christ and moving through the Advent carols, Jesus’ birth, and our response to “the Word dwelling among us.” We talk about the project and preview it for you today on Voices In My Head, The Official Podcast of Rick Lee James.
If you have a question/comment about the project or would like to make a suggestion on how LifeWay Worship can better serve your music ministry needs, email Charlie firstname.lastname@example.org. He would love to hear from you.
This week on Voices In My Head we welcome a fantastic singer, songwriter, and artist: Eric Peters. We can’t recommend Eric’s music enough here at the Voices In My Head Podcast. His music is challenging, honest, and courageous and aside from that, he is a really great guy. Here’s some of the buzz about Eric and his music.
“Peters is a standout among the overcrowded scene of singer/songwriter folk-pop.”- RELEVANT Magazine
“It’s clear that Eric Peters has a love for literature and an ear for a great pop hook. Peters has the skills of a seasoned artist.” – Christianity Today
I have to thank my friends at Xenia Church of the Nazarene for using 2 of my songs in their worship services for the first Sunday of Advent 2012 (Advent Hymn and I Lift Up My Eyes). As a songwriter there are few thrills greater than to have someone else record, perform, or in this case lead worship using your music. Bear in mind, this is a rough mix from their Sunday morning service but in my opinion it still sounds pretty great.
Brannon Hancock is their music pastor and as you can tell from the audio, he is incredibly talented and a Spirit led song leader. Gloria, his lovely and talented wife, is the other vocalist on Advent Hymn. This might be my favorite Christmas gift this year. My thanks to everyone at Xenia Nazarene Church for including my songs in your Advent celebration. Make sure to check out their web site at the link below and if you live near Xenia, stop in and worship with them. They will welcome you with open arms, coffee, donuts, and best of all – the Love of God.
Encounter Weekend at Middletown Church of the NazareneMarch 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm – March 22, 2014 at 11:00 pmMiddletown Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Fifth Street, Middletow
n, IN 47356Rick Lee James will be leading 5 worship sessions for The Encou nter Weekend Event at Middletown Church of the Nazarene. [!2952a3!]
C2E2 Chicago Comic and Entertainment ExpoApril 24, 2014 at 10:00 am – April 27, 2014 at 11:05 amChicago[!2952a3!]
Single Common Ground RetreatAugust 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm – September 1, 2014 at 12:00 pmGull Lake Ministries in Hickory Corners MichiganService Friday night at 9:00pm, 2 Services Saturday, and on S ervice Sunday Morning. 50 People Eastern Michigan District. Teri Dilts Di rector