RICK LEE JAMES PREMIERS POWERFUL AND TIMELY ‘LOVE OUR ENEMIES’ MUSIC VIDEO

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—“Love Our Enemies,” the latest music video from acclaimed singer/songwriter and author Rick Lee James, premiers today. Directed and edited by Jason Elam for Agape Media, the clip features James and his band performing at Dayton, Ohio’s historic Something Old Studio, and incorporates current news footage and images of people from around the world. “Love Our Enemies” is also releasing to Christian AC radio formats today.

“I wrote this song because I need to be reminded as much as anyone that loving our enemies isn’t optional—not in an election year; not when the world is burning; and not even when we feel unsafe,” James shares. “The whole world is our neighborhood and Christ’s call is to love our neighbors as ourselves, even the un-neighborly ones. Jesus turned the world upside down with inconvenient commands like this.”

“Our initial idea was to film a room full of people worshipping at a house church, but the pandemic caused us to think creatively and take a different approach,” James says of the video’s concept. “We landed on shooting the performance with the band in the historic studio space. From there, we decided to visualize the message by interweaving current events footage with images of people from around the world. And we wanted to highlight acts of service. Our hope for this video is that viewers may be prompted to ‘see’ and consider Jesus’ command to love in new ways.”  

“Love Our Enemies” is featured on James’ critically acclaimed 2019 album, Thunder. Taking the listener on a liturgical path, marked by Scripture readings and a passage from the Book of Common Prayer, Thunder was produced by Chris Hoisington of Brothers McClurg. The project features 10 songs, nine of which were written or co-written by James, while the title cut was co-written by the late Rich Mullins along with renowned songsmiths Lowell Alexander and Phil Naish.

Rick Lee James is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, worship leader, author, speaker and podcast host. His recordings include Basement Psalms Live and Hymns, Prayers & Invitations. James’ 2018 hit, “Advent Hymn,” remained at #1 on Christian Radio Weekly’s “CRW Adds Chart” for seven consecutive weeks. The song has been played on nearly 700 radio stations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. 

James’ book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through The Psalms, is used as a textbook for the National Praise & Worship Institute at Trevecca Nazarene University. He has also been a contributor to Worship Leader magazine, Holiness TodayThe Table and Worshiplife.com. His podcast, “Voices In My Head,” has featured such leading singer/songwriters as Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Jason Gray, Michael Card and Paul Baloche.

For further information, visit rickleejames.com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. For booking inquiries, email Voices In My Head Productions or call 937-206-1146. 

Rick Lee James – Love Our Enemies – Official Music Video

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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.