For those of you coming this week to Nashville to join us, I can’twait to see you, meet you, and watch as God brings us all together to listen, teach and be encouraged. The Worship Leader Magazine staff has been covering this event in prayer and I know they have worked very hard to make this an event that is beneficial for the Kingdom Of God.

I would love to meet many of you while the event is happening. Look for me at Brothers McClurg/Old Bear Records Table Monday night, at the UTR Media showcase on Tuesday, and around Trevecca’s campus Monday through Wednesday.

If you want to reach out, feel free to tweet me @RickLeeJames or email me at Rick@RickLeeJames.com.

Let’s hang out!

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

Voices In My Head Productions LLC

New Album Update

I wanted to give you a quick update about the progress of the new album. Two months ago I started crowdfunding to raise money to pay for the recording costs for the new album.

Total costs to pay for the remaining unpaid studio time, mixing, and mastering of the album came to $10,200.

Last night the crowdfunding campaign ended. All total we’ve raised $5360, which means I’ll be paying $4840 out of pocket to pay for recording costs.

So where does that leave us?

I’ve decided to go ahead with making the album in spite of being short of funds. So many of you have given so generously and have shown such enthusiasm for this new music that I feel like there is no other choice.

It might take a little longer to make the album than I originally though since the money I was raising did not cover the costs of printing the CD. Distributing, marketing, or any other if the many expenses involved in making then album. This makes the financial burden much greater, but I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to get the album made.

Thank you to all of who who have helped by spreading the word about the new album. Thank you to all of you who have donated money so generously and sacrificially. Thank you for all to all of you who pre-ordered the album.

From here we will trust God to provide and I’ll keep working to bring it to you.

Podcast News

I’ve been working very hard to bring some great guests to my podcast, Voices In My Head.

In the past year I’ve welcomed amazing like William Willimon, Tim Madigan, Shane Claiborne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Science Mike McHargue, Andrew Peterson, and many more.

We’ve had conversations on music, Worship, Ethics, Sexual and Racial Equality, Islam, Judaism, and much more. The podcast listener community keeps growing and the feedback I’ve been getting has been very encouraging. I just wanted to take a moment to recommend that you give the show a listen and leave some feedback on iTunes. I think you will be glad that you did.

www.RickLeeJames.Podbean.com

Escape To The Lake

ESCAPE TO THE LAKE 2018 (JULY 19-21) – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Escape To The Lake 2018 is coming July 19-21 to Cedar Lake, IN. It’s UTR Media’s flagship event and a one-of-a-kind retreat bringing music makers and music lovers together to be spiritually, emotionally, & musically refreshed. It is an amazing time of friendship, food, laughter, learning… and of course gourmet music. We are looking forward to live music & sessions with Me (Rick Lee James) Andrew Osenga, Christa Wells, Nick Flora, Royce Lovett, Caroline Cobb, Brothers McClurg, Taylor Leonhardt, The Mosleys, Adam Whipple, Dave Trout, and over a half-dozen others artists to be revealed soon.

UTR Media also will host the 4th annual ETTL Songwriters’ Bootcamp on July 18-19. A team of world class professional songwriting mentors will help you hone your craft at any level of songwriting (beginner, hobby, church, professional). And ALL are welcome for this optional add-on experience… including those who don’t write songs but just want to ease drop on the creative process and soak in the amazing conversations.

Plus you’ll be able to enjoy our “Epic In The Round” concert on July 18th.

Come and join us!

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

Escape To The Lake Info: http://escapetothelake.net/?utm_source=Listeners&utm_campaign=a8fb0aa12e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e794087610-a8fb0aa12e-127142502&mc_cid=a8fb0aa12e&mc_eid=92ac97db8e

Guess what? That’s a wrap! We’ve completely finished recording my new album, Thunder!

There were so many wonderful moments in the making of this project, and I don’t quite know how to put them into words yet, so I’ll try to be brief.

I put in several 12 to 15 hour days with producer Chris Hoisington and the tremendously talented crew at Old Bear Records. I’m moved by their commitment getting this album right, and giving me the time and space to find my own voice, to let me play several different instruments, and to express what is on my heart through music in new and unique ways. I’ve had wonderful times in recording studios in the past, but never anything as unique as this.

I have never been more excited about making music than I am at this point in my life. I put my all into this album. I played and sang my heart out. I laughed, I cried, I had space to pray, and to follow the Spirit’s leading. This is the gift that Old Bear Records gave to me, it’s why I wanted to work with these amazing people. There was an atmosphere in the studio that Made me feel we were creating on holy ground.

This picture was part of a promotional photo shoot that happened after we wrapped. I love dogs, and this picture represents the joy I found in this whole experience as Instagram sensation, Mabel the dog stopped by (Find her at @Mabel_thebully). This picture represent just one of the many moments in which I was surprised by joy while recording at Old Bear Recording Studio! To Chris, Anthony, Jeremy, Pauly, Ron, Sarah and all of your families, I sincerely thank you for all you did to make this project what it needed to be.

I promise you, this album is going to be something like you’ve never heard from me before.

There is still a lot left to do before the project can be released, including raising the funds to finish paying for the recording budget. One way you can help me to do that is by pre-ordered here at the link below. I need to raise nearly $5000 and your pre-orders of the album itself, t-shirts, books, and various other perks connected to the album will help me to meet the financial need. By pre-ordering through Indiegogo you not only get some great new music before the rest of the world does, you actually get to be a part of making the record.

I’m grateful for you. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

Pre-Order and Donate To My New Album Here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/x/17048881#/

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This video was recorded as a Facebook Live Broadcast to help raise funding for a new studio album.

We still need your help to make this record! Every donation no matter how small.

Donate before February 18th on Indiegogo. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-new-album-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881#/

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9eu9n-84e6d8

Kevin C. Neece is the author of the Gospel According to Star Trek series (Cascade Books) and a speaker on media, the arts and pop culture from a Christian worldview perspective. He is also the founder and curator of The Undiscovered Country Project.

​He served as a contributing editor for Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts and is the editor or co-editor of works on Spock and Leonard Nimoy, and science fiction and C. S. Lewis. His writing has appeared in a number of books and periodicals, including Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology Through FilmNew Identity Magazine, and Patheos, among others. 

A former professor, Kevin holds a BAS in Communication and Philosophy and an MLA in Fine Arts. He lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Also, don’t forget that I am in the process of crowdfunding a new album on Indiegogo. Find out more and donate at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunder-a-ragamuffin-record-by-rick-lee-james-music/x/17048881#/ or if it’s easier to remember: www.RickLeeJames.com/Thunder

Resurrection Hymns

I’m honored to have some of my songs on this upcoming release, available exclusively from LifeWay Christian Stores and Lifeway Worship. You can Pre-order today!

Album Description

Worship and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ as you listen to and sing along with this powerful collection of twelve hymns. Resurrection Hymns is ideal for individuals, small groups, Sunday School classes, or other congregational praise and worship settings.

Track Listing:

. Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

. Christ Arose

. Alleluia! Alleluia!

. Out of Ashes

. Crown Him with Many Crowns

. Shout the Victory

. Where You There?

. Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me)

. And Can It Be

. Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

. We Fix Our Eyes

. He Is Lord

Pre-Order Link

http://m.lifeway.com

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-f5ppu-823eb8

Epiphany is already upon us So I present to you the Epiphany Podcast, everything you need to know…or at least some of it.

ALSO

I would be so honored to have you on this journey of making a new album. Sign Up To Here Be Notified When My Funding Page Goes Live and find out a bit more about my new album. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/carrying-on-a-ragamuffin-legacy-music/coming_soon

CCLI Currently Featuring “More Than The Watchman” by Rick Lee James

CCLI’s Worship Fuel Video channel is currently featuring “More Than The Watchman”, the latest music video by Rick Lee James.

The video sheds light on the worldwide refugee crisis by showing footage from inside camps, buses, and train stations where people under persecution have fled.

(Footage provided by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International)

CCLI Song Select Users Can Download the music and watch the video from the link below.

https://worshipfuel.ccli.com/watchman-psalm-130-rick-lee-james/

https://youtu.be/R4CXQ2YesRA

“Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During Advent we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ,” in the phrase used each week in the Catholic Mass. Advent is about Jesus’ coming; even the word advent means “coming.” We celebrate the threefold coming of Jesus. We remember His coming in the past as a baby in Bethlehem, born to redeem the world. We are thankful for His coming into our hearts in the present, as we make more and more of our lives available to Him, to be used as He wishes. And we look forward joyfully to His Second Coming at the end of time when all people shall be judged and all creation shall be purified and perfected.

The Christmas story is, simply put, the most beautiful story in the world. The four lovely weeks of Advent allow us to take this story out each year and examine it. Like a jewel that sparkles in different colors when it is held up to the light and rotated, Advent lets us see the Christmas story from different angles. We sense the longing of the prophets who foretold Christ; our hearts wonder with Mary, rejoice with Elizabeth, empathize with Joseph, and thrill with the shepherds.

Advent reminds us, too, that while Christmas was glorious, it was human sinfulness and estrangement from God that made it necessary for Jesus to come to earth. So we are reminded of our spiritual lives, and of our need to be found walking in righteousness when He comes again in glory. Mostly Advent gives us a chance to remember and pay homage to the most beautiful part of the Christmas story: the incomparable, miracle-working, ardent, relational, self-sacrificing love of God for the people of the world.”

Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

Jeanie Gushee and David Gushee