Old Bear Records is releasing its first instrumental album on October 12th by artist Ed Chilungu.

This is a very special and unique release my friends at Old Bear Records due to the nature of Ed’s backstory, and OBR’ personal belief in his incredible musical abilities as well as his heart to share his Christian faith through instrumental compositions despite living with schizoaffective disorder for the majority of his adult life.

You’ll see noted in the highlight portion of the press release below, that Old Bear Records has a promotional schedule for Ed’s album including the release of a single named “Return” on September 21st; a written article in Old Bear’s “Bear Tracks” series to be distributed on October 1st; a musical documentary on the making of Ed’s album through a series called “Harmonized Sounds” on October 5th; and an interview with Ed on “Bear Tone Podcast” releasing on October 16th four days after the release of Ed’s album.

Check out the full press release below.

-Rick Lee James

Edward Chilungu

Edward Chilungu

New Album, SoundTracks, available on October 12, 2018
Edward Chilungu
New Album, SoundTracks, available on October 12, 2018
“I play music as a means for me to find communion with God. I want my music to be a means that invites others to
have communion with God too.” Meet Ed Chilungu. Ed is one of the most talented and interesting people that
we’ve ever worked with. When you sit in a room with him while he’s composing and sharing music – two things
become very evident. One – he’s a gift to music lovers. Two – his main goal through his music and life is for
people to have encounters with Jesus.
Early on in his life, Ed was on his way towards being a professional concert pianist when a set of circumstances
changed the trajectory of his life and was ultimately diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. During the process
of readjustment and finding a new direction – Ed was exposed to hearing a friend and fellow student playing
piano in a way that Ed describes as “so fluid and different that he had to know what the difference was.” His
friend happened to be a Christian, and the fluidity of his playing was attributing to something that would be selfdescribed
as a playing that was inspired by a personal worship and prayer that came through the melodies he
played. Ed had yet to experience this type of playing that he now calls “a flow,” but knew it was something he
longed to incorporate into his own playing and experience for himself.
Through the years Ed has taken his jazz and classical training and combined them with modern worship to create a
hybrid of musical expression that begins through his own personal worship through music that leads to him seeking
the heart of the Father and translating it through compositions that he believes has inherent qualities of blessing, and
healing that make up the DNA of the compositions he creates. In many ways – it’s how he prays and how he hears
the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit impart more of God into every area of his life and the lives of his listeners.

Track Listing
1. Return
2. Roy Hobbs
3. Lucia’s Life
4. Jessica’s Song
5. Winter Winds
6. Angels
7. Restitution
8. King David’s Dream
September 21 Single- “Return”
October 1st- Bear Tracks Article
October 5th – Harmonized Sounds Episode
October 12th – “Soundtracks” Full Release
October 16th – Bear Tone Podcast Episode


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The network will broadcast Won’t You Be My Neighbor? early next year

By Jason Lynch

Fred Rogers Is Returning to PBS, Which Will Air This Summer’s Hit Documentary About His Life

The network will broadcast Won’t You Be My Neighbor? early next year

By Jason Lynch


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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s national TV debut.

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One of PBS’ most famous and influential personalities of all-time, Fred Rogers, will be returning to the public broadcast network in 2019.

PBS has secured rights to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, this summer’s hit documentary about the late Rogers and his iconic children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. It will air the doc on Independent Lens “early next year,” PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger said today at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Los Angeles.

“It’s an extraordinarily uplifting piece,” Kerger said of the documentary, which has already made $20 million at the box office this summer.

“That quiet man in the red cardigan … really caught fire this year,” which marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s national television debut, said Kerger. “It feels like there is a Fred Rogers moment that is really tremendously important and resonant.”

In March, PBS aired its own one-hour documentary about Rogers, entitled Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like. And Tom Hanks is set to play Rogers in an upcoming movie about his life, You Are My Friend.

“The American people view public television as an extension of their community, a valued source of information and education. … Parents trust us with the most previous par of their life: their children,” said Kerger. “Nobody understood this better than Fred Rogers.”

Rogers’ legacy at PBS, where Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired through 2001 before his death two years later, lives on in the network’s hit series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. That series was created by Rogers’ protégé, Angela Santomero, who “reimagined it for this generation,” said Kerger.

In other PBS news from press tour, the company has named Perry Simon named chief programming executive and gm for PBS. The former BBC America GM and Viacom Productions president, whom Kerger called “an accomplished leader,” will start in late September.

The position has been open since February, when Beth Hoppe departed to become ABC News’ svp for long-form programming.

Simon has a strong drama background, but PBS is interested in programming of all genres. “We’re obviously looking for now and compelling drama, but we’re also looking for a range of programs that we don’t see in other places,” said Kerger.

One of Simon’s tasks will be to find something that will replicate the success of Downton Abbey, which ran for six seasons.

“We’re always looking for that new something,” said Kerger, who called Downton “lightning in a bottle … but I think lightning strikes more than once.”



July 30, 2018



International Justice Mission, The Rabbit Room Sponsor Tour Featuring Special Guest Scott Mulvahill, Artists Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive, Gabe Scott

Peterson’s Resurrection Letters Vol. I Hit Billboard Americana/Folk Chart’s Top 5


Dove Award-nominated recording artist, songwriter, filmmaker and award-winning author Andrew Peterson announces his 19th Annual Behold The Lamb Of God tour sponsored by International Justice Mission and The Rabbit Room. Logging multiple sold-out events each year since its inception in 2000, the Christmas tour has become a yearly tradition for Peterson and his band, as well as families and churches across the nation who look forward to attending each holiday season, recounting the Christmas story through song.

This year’s production, featuring special guest Scott Mulvahill and artists Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, Ben Shive and Gabe Scott, launches in Houston, TX with back-to-back nights Nov. 28 and 29 before traversing nine states and wrapping up Dec. 15 in Danbury, CT. The Behold The Lamb Of God tour also stops for the 15th consecutive year at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium where it is expected to sell out both its Dec. 9 and 10 events. Tickets are available now through www.andrew-peterson.com (see full list of tour dates below).

“I just can’t believe we still get to do this,” says Peterson. “If you had told me back in 2000, I would have laughed. Playing these songs with such dear friends for so many years is a rare and profound blessing.”

Peterson launched his Behold The Lamb Of God tour nearly two decades ago to present a musical rendition of the Christmas story and to reinforce the true meaning of the season. In 2004, the success of the tour led Peterson to record the award-winning album, Behold The Lamb Of God: The True Tall Tale Of The Coming Of Christ. In 2009, Peterson released a 2-disc project marking the 10th anniversary of the tour that includes a remastered version of the 2004 CD and a live recording of 2008’s tour.

Leading up to his 2018 Behold The Lamb Of God tour, Peterson will be featured on The Bible Tour along with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant and more, and is working on a new The Wingfeather Saga film to be revealed soon.

Earlier this year, Peterson released Resurrection Letters: Prologue and Resurrection Letters, Vol. I from Centricity Music amidst 5-star acclaim. Prologue is a collection of five “waiting songs” meant to remind listeners of the gravity of the crucifixion while Vol. I begins with the heartbeat of the resurrected Christ, exploring the resurrection itself and its centrality to Christianity. Vol. 1 also became a Billboard Top 5 Americana/Folk Albums chart hit while being called a “masterpiece” (CCM Magazine), “one of his best” (The Gospel Coalition) and “simply remarkable” (Jesus Freak Hideout). The album also features the RELEVANT-lauded video “Is He Worthy?” that has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on Peterson’s Facebook and YouTube pages alone.

For more information about Peterson, including the latest on his touring, music and more, visit www.Andrew-Peterson.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Nov. 28 Houston, TX, Grace Bible Church

Nov. 29 Houston, TX, Grace Bible Church

Nov. 30 Dallas, TX, Stonegate Church

Dec. 1 San Antonio, TX, Trinity Baptist Church

Dec. 2 Russellville, AR, First Baptist Church

Dec. 5 Wake Forest, NC, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dec. 6 Greenville, SC, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church

Dec. 7 Orlando, FL, University Presbyterian Church

Dec. 8 Birmingham, AL, The Church at Brook Hills

Dec. 9 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

Dec. 10 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium

Dec. 12 Champaign, IL, Virginia Theater

Dec. 15 Danbury, CT, Ives Concert Hall, Western Connecticut State University

About Andrew Peterson:

Recording artist, songwriter, producer, filmmaker, publisher and award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga series, Andrew Peterson is also host of The Rabbit Room, which fosters Christ-centered community and spiritual formation through music, story and art, and recently launched a film and TV production company, Shining Isle Productions, to produce animated film based on his bestselling books. Known for songs like “Dancing In The Minefields,” “Be Kind To Yourself,” “The Reckoning,” “Don’t You Want To Thank Someone,” “The Silence Of God,” “Nothing To Say,” “You’ll Find Your Way” and more, Peterson has also been named “one of the foremost singer/songwriters around” and has received multiple “best album of the year” nods from critics along with two Dove Award nominations. Taking his hits and fan favorites on the road, Peterson’s touring draws capacity crowds at venues around the world, including several sold-out events at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

About Scott Mulvahill:

Singer, songwriter, bass player Scott Mulvahill toured with Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy-winning band Kentucky Thunder for five years and has shared the stage with Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb (Bee Gees), Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris and more. His songs have received honors or been featured in NPR’S Tiny Desk Contest, the International Songwriting Competition, John Lennon Songwriting Contest and American Songwriter Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Contest, and he has had numerous cuts on other artists’ albums. He’s currently touring in support of his September release, Top Of The Stairs (EP), which was produced by himself, Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow) Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz) and Shani Ghandi (Sarah Jarosz).

About Centricity Music: 

Centricity is an independent Christian music company based in Franklin, Tenn. Founded in 2005 with a commitment to artist development and stylistic diversity, its artist roster includes Aaron Shust, Andrew Peterson, Caitie Hurst, Carrollton, For All Seasons, Jason Gray, JJ Weeks Band, Jonny Diaz, Jordan Feliz, Lauren Daigle, Neon Feather, North Point InsideOut, Peabod and Unspoken. Providing label and publishing services, Centricity is a family-owned organization, and they like it that way. The committed work of its staff and artists has yielded successes such as Grammy nominations, Billboard Awards, Dove Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, a Gold Album and Gold Singles. For more information on Centricity Music, visit www.centricitymusic.com.

About International Justice Mission:

International Justice Mission is a leading international anti-slavery organization working in 17 communities across the developing world to combat slavery, trafficking, and other forms of violence against the poor by rescuing and restoring victims, holding perpetrators accountable, and transforming broken public justice systems.


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Hoganson Media

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Nashville, TN 37167


Yesterday UTR Media released a compilation album of 15 artists who will be featured at “Escape To The Lake” music festival this July in Cedar Lake Indiana.

In less than a day album went to #1 album on the charts at Noisetrade.com. UTR Media has put together an amazing lineup of musicians for this album. I’m so honored to be part of it.

Check Out This Track List

Download the Escape To The Lake artist sampler album at the link below:



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!


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.


Escape To The Lake


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!


Rick Lee James

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My guest today on Voices in My Head is The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School of Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

He is the author of over sixty books including Resident Aliens,  Thank God It’s Friday, Word, Water, Bread and Wine, Worship as Pastoral Care (which was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors by the Academy of Parish Clergy), and What’s Right with the Church?  In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

Today we discuss one of his latest and most timely books, Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.

Donate Now To Rick Lee James New Album at www.RickLeeJames.com/Thunder

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.


Rick Lee James