“I’ve watched Rick grow as an artist and songwriter for many years. Congratulations brother on an excellent independent release! Bravo!!”
Rick Lee James is songwriter who doesn’t just turn a line, but cultivates lyrics that are planted firmly in deep theological roots. Rick is called to lead congregations in hearing God’s word, in confessing God’s holiness, in praying faithful prayers, in singing truthful songs, and accepting God’s generous invitation. On Thunder, his latest album, he composes with the complexity and depth of a musician who has learned the craft by living the life. Thunder is set to be released independently in February 2018 through James’ company, Voices In My Head Productions. The album was recorded at Old Bear Studio in Buffalo, New York with producer Chris Hoisington (Brothers McClurg). This 13 track album combines James’ thoughtful melodies, instrumental versatility, and spoken words to create a vibe where artistry and liturgy meet. The lead single, “Thunder”, is a never before released song by the late Rich Mullins, co-written with Lowell Alexander and Phil Naish, accompanied by a beautiful new music video.
Rick Lee James is a worship leader, singer and songwriter, speaker, author, and Podcast host with over two decades of experience in ministry. Over the years Rick has used music to share the gospel in numerous venues from the National Worship Leader Conference to the world famous Ryman Auditorium. As host of the podcast “Voices In My Head”, Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brothers McClurg, Brett McCracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Steven Tobolowsky, Walter Brueggemann and many more.
In 2013, Rick released his first live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. The following year, Rick authored and released the book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been usedas a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick has written for Worship Leader Magazine, Holiness Today, The Table, WorshipLife.com, and was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, an exploration of holiness through the eyes of Xers and Millennial leaders in the church of the Nazarene.
Rick’s album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’, published through Lifeway Worship, has garnered critical praise and features in CCMMagazine.com, CCLI.com, Worship Leader Magazine and more, receiving national radio play from syndicated shows including “Under The Radar” and “Things Not Seen”. In late 2018, Rick’s song, “Advent Hymn”, became a radio hit charting at #1 on Christian Radio Weekly’s add charts for seven straight weeks in a row. The song has been played on over 692 radio outlets in the USA, CANADA and the UK. Advent hymn was also a finalist in the 2018 Great American Song Contest, among 1900 other entries.
Rick’s latest project, “Thunder”, features 13 tracks, including the never before published song, Thunder, written by the legendary Rich Mullins. THUNDER released on February 8th, 2019 on Vinyl, CD, and streaming. The album has received much critical praise and has received a lot of attention on major Christians outlets like New Release Today, Relevant, CCM Magazine, Hallels.com, and more.