A friend of mine challenged me to write a version of the hymn “Cleanse Me (Search Me O God)” in the style of “The Civil Wars”. This is a live Facebook video of me trying to do that. I hope you enjoy it.
“Crafted directly from inspiration found in hymnals and prayer books, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James offers Hymns, Prayers and Invitations. It is with the intentionality behind the last word of the album title, Invitations, that makes this project a stand out. More than a collection of hymny interpretations or simple song book upgrades, James’ purposeful use of lyric, timbre, and track synchronism should lead the listener into moments of powerful communication and worship with the Lord. Hymns, Prayers and Invitations drip with soundtracks of Sunday morning sanctuaries to intimately personal prayer closet concerts.”
“The modern hymn approach to congregational songwriting and singing has a worthy new addition”
“If you’re looking for music that is congregational yet not cookie cutter, get this album”
It has been a great couple of months in print for coverage of my new album, Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations. Features, reviews, and ads have appeared in CCM Magazine, Worship Leader Magazine, and Lifeway Worship’s Worship Life Gatlinburg event brochure. Plus, music from the new album is scheduled to be featured in Worship Leader Magazine’s Song DISCovery release in September, along with a feature on the web set. Here are a few pictures of where the album appeared in the past month.
This is often what pre-service looks like for me. I warmed up by rehearsing a couple of songs we were playing together in church then closed my time by warming up my finders on a Phil Keaggy inspired (Doin’ Nothin’) type guitar jam using my JamMan Looper. I hope you enjoy this behind the scenes LIVE Facebook video from Sunday Morning, May 22nd, 2016 (Trinity Sunday).
Moda Spira What You Need Music Video: https://youtu.be/2KAdQyN8gUM
On this episode of Voices In My Head I had the privilege of sitting down for a conversation with a truly awesome lady, Latifah Phillips.
Latifah Phillips, aka Moda Spira, has a long resume that includes time as a solo artist and work with Page CXVI, a band that reinterprets traditional hymns, the indie rock band Autumn Film and Sola-Mi, an experimental trio. She has produced albums for indie artists, including A Boy & His Kite, helping them place “Cover Your Tracks” on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II. Her songs have been featured on One Tree Hill, The Gates, Lifetime Films and the film The House at the End of the Street. She’s also composed incidental music for MTV and E! Moda Spira is her return to solo performing. She plans to support the album with selected dates, both alone and with multi-media pop up shows, featuring video, dancers, live painting and other surprises.
“Moda Spira is my first solo venture in ten years,” Phillips says. “The songs are all dear to me, so I gave myself permission to be vulnerable. If you’re feeling down and lost, this record will let you know that you’re not alone and help you to keep moving forward.”