The Rick Lee James Hymn Project – Latest News

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LATEST NEWS

Dear Friends,

I have some incredible news to share with you about the record I’ll be recording this December in Nashville. I’ve only shared this news with investors and some family up to this point, but am now ready to share it with the rest of you.


A few weeks ago, I initiated a partnership with LifeWay Worship that will get me a long way down the road toward the accomplishment of a new album. Because of LifeWay Worship’s involvement, I will be able to record this album at one of the best studios in Nashville with A-list players and engineers. The investment of LifeWay Worship, alongside funds donated via  GoFundMe.com and my own personal investment, is making the dream become reality!

Here’s What This Means:

  • Funding to record and mix the album has been secured in full.
  • All songs recorded will be featured on my solo album and will be be repurposed by LifeWay Worship to introduce songs and arrangements at lifewayworship.com (charts, tracks, lyric files will be offered there).
  • All songs included on the project will be pitched to a variety of publishers, labels, and artists for placement in choral print and/or on any number of 3rd party album releases.

All this is to say, through God’s provision and generosity expressed through LifeWay Worship and an amazing team of partners at www.gofundme.com/hymns, we’re going to make an amazing record which has the potential be used as a music resource for churches internationally. I can hardly believe that God has blessed me with this opportunity 7 years after I accepted His invitation to make music for the church on a broader scale. 7 is the number in scripture that represents God so I see this as a tangible sign of His guiding hand. 

These songs were birthed out of my local congregation’s times of worship at First Church of the Nazarene in Springfield Ohio. I am so blessed that we will be able to share our musical expressions of worship on a larger scale using ancient and modern hymns. I can’t thank my producer, Craig Adams, enough for investing so much of himself into this project. He and I share a common calling to equip churches for worship. Authentic worship is what we pray will be experienced by congregations worldwide as they sing these songs.

Additional funding is still needed in order to accomplish album design, photography, printing costs, manufacturing, and miscellaneous expenses. Any additional funds collected at GoFundMe.com/hymns will help us achieve completion of the entire project. Thank you to all of you who have already given to this project and to those of you who still plan on partnering with us. I give all praise to our Glorious God and I pray He will use these songs of worship to glorify Himself and to further His Kingdom here on earth.  Bless the Lord at all times!

Musicians, Engineers, and Studio Information

Tracking: The Poole Room in Franklin Tennessee

Musician Lineup:

Drums: Scott Williamson – Has played for Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Michael W. Smith, D.C. Talk, Point Of Grace, FFH, Blue County, Steve Holy, Michael Peterson, Jaci Velasquez

Bass: Matt Pierson – Has Played for George Benson, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum, and Brad Mehldau (These are all amazing Jazz artists)

Guitars: Dave Cleveland– Has Played for Steven Curtis Chapman, Brooklyn Tabernacle, Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, 4 Him, Crystal Lewis, Michael O’Brien, Cindy Morgan, Anointed, Russ Taff, Steve Green, Wes King and Out Of The Grey, and Miley Cyrus.

Guitars: Mike Payne – Has Played for Toby Mac, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August, Jason Gray, David Crowder, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Wilson, Matthew West,

Keys: Jason Webb – Has Played for Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts, Natalie Grant, Richard Marx, Tommy Walker, Gaithers Vocal Band, Chris Tomlin,

Engineer – Randy Poole – Has worked with Anita Baker, CeCe Winans, Michael W. Smith, Backstreet Boys, Gaithers Vocal Band, Aretha Franklin, Travis Cotrell, Sandi Patti

2nd Engineer – Casey Barker – Has worked with Aaron Neville, Emerson Drive, Michael W. Smith, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Journey, Veggie Tales

 

In His Glad Service,
Rick Lee James

Press Release New Rick Lee James Hymn Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Rick Lee James Next Record: A Hymn Project Produced by 5 Time Dove Award Winner Craig Adams
www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns
Pre-Orders Being Taken
Voices In My Head Productions
Rick Lee James

The Rick Lee James Hymn Project
Christian singer, songwriter, author, and worship leader Rick Lee James is creating his next concept album, a Hymn Project with classic hymns re-imagined and new hymns written or co-written by Rick from sources like the Book of Common Prayer, ancient Christian Creeds, and other liturgical sources. The album will be rich in Christian themes like Advent, Easter, The Trinity, The Lord’s Supper, and the call to love our enemies.

The budget much larger than anything Rick has recorded before. For past albums he has used home studios of friends and played most of the instruments himself. This record has a $25,000.00 budget, which will actually be closer to $30,000.00 paying crowdfunding and credit card fees.

Craig Adams, head of Lifeway Worship Publishing and a 5 time Dove Award winning producer, will be taking the reigns as producer of this project. Craig wants to use A-list Nashville musicians, engineers and studios to create an album, film, and songbook ready for national distribution so that churches can use the songs from the project in their local settings. Craig and Rick hope to create the feel of a live worship service using a group of talented singers to play the part of a congregation in the studio.

Since this will be an independent record, funding from outside supporters is essential. Rick has begun funding the project through GoFundMe.com/Hymns where he is offering pre-orders, concerts, church workshops, DVD’s, CD’s, books and more as incentives to give. The goal is to invite 6000 people to support the project with $5.00 and $1500 of that has already been raised in the first two weeks of funding.

To find out more visit www.RickLeeJames.com/Hymns or www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns

“Rick Lee James has accomplished what I have been trying to do for decades; bring together the thoughtful reader with the discerning listener. He has written an important introduction to the Psalter which opens the door to his own musical interpretations.”
-MICHAEL CARD
Award Winning Singer, Songwriter, & Author

 

Take the $5.00 Challenge - Make The Record
Take the $5.00 Challenge – Make The Record

Help me create my next record, an album of hymns, both Ancient and Modern, Produced by 5 time Dove Award winner Craig Adams.

http://www.RickLeeJames.com

www.gofundme.com/hymns

Watch potential hymns for the record at http://www.youtube.com/rickleejames


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Full details and rewards below:

 

It’s an album of hymns, both Ancient and Modern, Produced by 5 time Dove Award winner Craig Adams. It’s also going to be a documentary and a new songbook for churches to use.

Our goal is to get 6000 people to give. $5.00 each. We can do this, but only with your help. A first step is simply to share this video and encourage others to share it. Then, we’re simply asking for a $5.00 donation.

Hymn Project Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfR8WH1rTXA

In one week we have raised $645.00 of the $30,000 needed throughhttp://www.GoFundMe.com/Hymns but we need a lot more help.

Below you will find a couple of videos about our project, a list of our expenses, and a list of rewards for donors. Thank you for helping us get the word out.

Hymn Project Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfR8WH1rTXA

Yesterday’s Video: The Bucket Challenge:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBPMcEMycFs&list=PLSn9aekKz-4RGf-yd9XtodPUsQfrjKirG

A Playlist of Potential Hymns for the record:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSn9aekKz-4RGf-yd9XtodPUsQfrjKirG

Here Is A List of Our Projected Expenses
$500 Supplies (hard drives, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
$2,500 Pre-production (arranging, chart preparation, contracting)
$5,000 Musicians- Work for Hire
$5,000 Studio Rental
$7,000 Engineer (recording and mixing)
$5,000 Studio Producer
$5,000 Video/Filming/& GoFundMe.com Fees

Here Are Some Rewards You As A Donor Will Recieve
Pledge $5 or more (Thank You)

My heartfelt thanks for your support of my new album. No amount is too small and every dollar will help tremendously!

Pledge $15 or more (The Triple Digi)

We’ll email you 3 songs from the new album as a digital download before it’s available in stores.

Pledge $25 or more (The Art Collector)

We’ll email the entire new album to you as a digital download before it’s available in stores. We’ll also send you the album artwork in digital format as well.

Pledge $50 or more (Get Physical)

We’ll send you a CD of the new album signed by Rick before it’s available in stores.

Pledge $75 or more (The Bookworm)

We’ll send you a CD of the new album signed by Rick before it’s available in stores PLUS a digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $100 or more (The Groupie)

You will receive 2 backstage passes to a Rick Lee James concert (travel not included). We’ll also send you a CD of the new album signed by Rick before it’s available in stores PLUS a digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $250 or more (The Call)

We’ll set up a 1 hour Skype session during the recording of the new project. Watch Rick in the studio as he works on the new album. We’ll also send you an autographed copy of Rick’s book, PLUS a digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $350 or more (The Q & A)

Rick and Craig Adams will spend 60 minutes with your worship team via a Skype session. They will answer questions you have about leading worship, and offer insight based on their experience as worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians. You’ll also receive a CD’s of the new album personalized to your group by Rick before it’s available in stores, autographed copies of Rick’s book for your worship team, PLUS a digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $500 or more (The Name Dropper)

Your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $750 or more (The Studio)

You will receive 4 passes into the recording studio for 1 day to see the album being created (travel not included), dinner with Rick and Craig Adams, Your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $1,000 or more (The Bulk)

Bulk order for your church or small group before it’s available in stores: Order 50 CDs of the new worship project for your church or small group, and save 20% (50 autographed CDs for $1,000 – a $1,250 value). In addition, Your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $1,750 or more (The Workshop)

Rick and Craig Adams will travel to the venue of your choosing for a concert and weekend workshop for your church praise team. In addition your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $2,500 or more (Diner’s Club)

Rick will treat you and 1 guest to dinner in Cincinnati, Ohio (Travel and hotel not included – Please allow 4-12 weeks for scheduling). In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $5,000 or more (Podcaster)

You and one guest will be a guest will spend a day in the recording studio with Rick while he is working on his new worship project (travel and hotel not included), and you will also be a featured guest on Rick’s podcast, Voices In My Head, and have dinner with Rick in Nashville,Tennessee. In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $7,500 or more (JourneyRick)

Rick will lead worship for your church or small group (Travel included – USA destinations only – Please allow 3-6 months for booking). In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live, plus an autographed copy of all of Rick’s previously released Albums.

Pledge $10,000 or more (The Concert)

Limited 3 available

Bring Rick and his band to your church for a full live performance of the album track by track (USA destinations only – Please allow 3-6 months for scheduling).

In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it’s available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick’s book, digital copy of Rick’s book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick’s live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live, plus an autographed copy of all of Rick’s previously released Albums.

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