Indie Musicians At Tax Time

Tax time is a humbling time in the life of an indie artist, this one anyway. It’s a time when every year I have to decide if it’s worth continuing to do what I do in the way that I do it.

There is the calling that is impossible to get away from, which is why I do this. When the Lord opened the door for me to start traveling and writing songs for the church opened years ago, it was undeniable.

However, in spite of having a critically acclaimed album, lots of really wonderful press coverage, and lots of radio play in 2019, I had fewer booking, less income, and more bills than I’ve had in any other year since I started traveling.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask you to pray for me as I need some direction. I want to be where God wants me to be but I also can’t keep taking such a huge financial loss every year. That just isn’t fair to my family and I’m pretty sure it isn’t being a good steward either.

With a new music video planned that doesn’t look like it’s going to be funded, lots of unexpected bills popping up suddenly, and mounting stresses of keeping up with the administrative stresses, I just don’t know how to make it happen any longer unless God provides.

I’m not looking for pity by the way, just asking for some direction through your prayers. If there’s another way I’m supposed to go, I’m willing. I just want to be in the center of God’s will and if writing, recording and making music for the church isn’t it, then so be it.

He must increase, I must decrease.

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.