SINGER/SONGWRITER RICK LEE JAMES PARTNERS WITH CRW RADIO PROMOTIONS FOR NEW RADIO SPECIAL

“Thunder Radio Special” Spotlights Stories Behind The Songs

“Thunder Radio Special” Spotlights Stories Behind The Songs


 NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special. The “Thunder Radio Special” is available beginning today, October 8.

The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com.

The new radio special highlights five songs from James’ critically-acclaimed 13-track album, Thunder, released in February, and features his thoughtful commentary on each selection. “I think part of the reason we often connect so deeply with a song is that the story behind it draws us in and gives us a deeper connection with both the music and the artist,” James reflects. “The powerful thing about the format of a documentary-style radio special like this one is that it allows me to share my heart through both the songs and the stories.”

Throughout the half-hour special, James shares the story behind the project’s title track—a previously unreleased song co-written by the late Rich Mullins. In addition, the singer reveals his thoughts surrounding the deeply personal “The Lord Is Our Shepherd,” a song he wrote as a love letter to the multiple children he and his wife have lost to miscarriage. Other selections spotlighted on the radio special include “Whom Have I In Heaven But You (Psalm 73),” “Glory To God The Trinity (Trinity Hymn)” and “Stay.”

Just like he creates thought-provoking conversations around the songs he writes and records, James has become a well-known podcaster, sparking dialogue with a variety of well-known artists. He’s recorded well over 300 episodes for his official podcast, “Voices In My Head,” where he’s interviewed leading singer/songwriters, including Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves and Keith Getty, among others. In addition, he recently launched a limited series podcast called “Welcome To The Neighborhood,” in memory of the beloved Fred Rogers. Personally inspired by Mister Rogers and the wisdom he shared over his lifetime, James launched a Twitter account @MisterRogersSay in 2017, where he posts quotes from the iconic children’s television star. The account is currently averaging 1K new followers each week. For James, it’s simply one more way to spread the Gospel message.

“I honestly believe that running the Mister Rogers Quotes account @MisterRogersSay has been one of the best ministries of my life,” he shares. “Fred Rogers always reminded us, with his Christlike spirit, that we are people who are dearly loved and that everyone has worth. All these years after he passed away, it’s amazing to see the impact on our lives that his words still have, because they were spoken in truth and love.”

The first six episodes of the exclusive “Welcome To The Neighborhood” podcast can be heard HERE.Request the “Thunder Radio Special” at www.crwradiopromotions.com. For more information on Rick Lee James, visit www.rickleejames.com, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Listen to his official podcast at www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, and get a daily dose of wisdom from Mister Rogers at @MisterRogersSay.
 
About Rick Lee James:
Rick Lee James is an acclaimed singer/songwriter, worship leader, author, speaker and podcast host. His recordings include Basement Psalms Live; Hymns, Prayers & Invitationsand his latest project, Thunder. 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 contributed 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, Keith Getty, Jason Gray, Michael Card, Sandra McCracken, Paul Baloche, and Fernando Ortega. In addition, he also hosts the limited series podcast “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast,” a complement to the popular Twitter account he runs @MisterRogersSay.
 

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Old Bear New Signs Artist Kurtis Parks

Old Bear Records is excited to announce our newest artist signing, Kurtis Parks.  Kurtis has been a longtime friend to the community at Old Bear, and we couldn’t be happier to get to release his new Folk hymn project “Hymn Like” to you in October!

Kurtis has an extensive history as both a songwriter, and worship leader.  His heart for serving the local church is inspiring, and his authentic passion to connect people with Jesus through songs permeates every artistic effort he releases.

When we discovered that Kurtis was working on a project that took an organic sounding approach with creative elements incorporated into traditional and historical Christian hymns – our interest was piqued right away.  Many of us at Old Bear grew up on hymns and value the depth of lyrical content and effectiveness of teaching the timeless truths of the Bible through lyrics and melodies.  Upon hearing what he was working on, we felt Kurtis’ “Hymn Like” project would be a wonderful fit in our growing catalog of new and fresh expressions of faith inspired music that could serve the local church.

Be on the look out for “Hymn Like” releasing on October 19th!  We know people of all ages and church backgrounds are going to love this album as much as we do!

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12 Days Left

Hello my friends,

I just wanted to send a quick reminder that have 12 days left to raise $4000 so that I can pay for my time spent in the studio in New York. This doesn’t cover the printing of the new album or any of its promotion, just the studio costs which I’ve already incurred.

I could really use your help in making this happen with your pre-orders and donations on Indiegogo. I just added a new sheet music perk this week that you might want to check out.

Together, by your help in donating, pre-ordering, and sharing this campaign, we can do this.

I can’t wait to share this new music with you.

Thank you for your much needed help.

Blessings,

Rick Lee James

DONATE & PRE-ORDER HERE

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

That’s A Wrap

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#/

On March 12th, Big Things Are Happening With My New Album, and with You!

Hello my dear fans, friends, and family,

On March 12th two big things are happening.
1.) I enter Old Bear Studio in New York to spend a week recording my new album.
2.) I launch a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to pay off the remaining $5000 of the recording budget that I wasn’t able to raise in the last campaign.
I’m writing you all to ask a favor.
  • It’s a fact that the more web traffic a campaign gets, the higher up its ranking will receive on Indiegogo, which means more potential backers get to see it.
  • Because of this I’m asking you to contribute to my campaign on March 12th, even if you’ve have given before on the previous campaign.
    • Even if you can only give $1.00 to the new campaign it generates more traffic, which helps it to be seen by more potential donors.
    • $1.00 really does help.
    • Essentially, 50 contributions for $1 is better than One contribution for $50 as far as driving traffic to the web site is concerned.
  • When others back a project, potential backers start to feel more secure, it seems to add a level of security and trust in an artist and their project.
  • PLEASE DON’T WAIT UNTIL AFTER MARCH 12th!!
    • Statistics show that those who are able to secure 30% of their contributions in the first couple of days after they launch from their initial crowd will more than likely be successful and actually get more contributions.
Successful crowd funding takes work and needs support, so I’m asking you, once again for your help. I literally can’t do this without you. I know many of you have already done so much, and I hate asking again, but these kinds of projects just don’t work unless everyone pitches in.
I hope you will be a part of making this new album.
You can find out more about it at RickLeeJames.com/Thunder and sign up through the Indiegogo link today to be notified when the campaign goes live at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/coming_soon#/
With your help, I know we can finish making this album.
  • ONE LAST THING!!
    • See the list of perks we will be offering to donors at the bottom of this message.
Blessings,
Rick Lee James
Some of the Perks That Will Be Available To Donors On March 12th
  • Thunder – Full Album (Digital and CD)
  • Your Name on the Album Credits
  • Pizza Party and Live Concert Performance of the Album
  • T-Shirts
  • Concerts In Your Home

Rick Lee James Album Crowdfunding Campaign Currently Featured On BackerClub

Hello Friends,
Sorry for all of these crowdfunding posts, but I just wanted to share some exciting news. BackerClub, the exclusive club for Kickstarter and Indiegogo backers, has chosen my project to feature on their site.
Please pray that this helps put it in front of some new eyes with generous hearts for sharing the gospel through music.
This morning it was featured in BackerClub’s email blast to several thousand subscribers, on their Facebook page, and on their Twitter Feed.

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