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

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Preorders starting soon. Sign up to be notified when we launch. 11 days until I’m back at Old Bear Records. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rick-lee-james-new-album-thunder/coming_soon#/

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-ekam8-83ce63

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Andrew Osenga is a 20-year music industry veteran. From artist to producer, major label A&R to session player, he’s contributed in almost every area of the business including playing in the bands the Normals and Caedman’s Call. 

Andrew also hosts one of the most fascinating podcasts around today called “The Pivot”, a show that looks at how we deal with career and life transition.

His new album, “The Painted Desert” is now available on Kickstarter.com where he is simultaneously funding and releasing it.

Kickstart This Project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewosenga/the-painted-desert-a-new-album-by-andrew-osenga

 

Also,

I start crowdfunding my new album this Friday, January 19th. I could really use your help to get the word out.

Sign up for notification at this link to be notified when the campaign goes live this Friday.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-new-album-carrying-on-the-ragamuffin-legacy-music/coming_soon

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Ask me about Launch Day, Friday January 19th, 2018: http://mailchi.mp/rickleejames/its-coming-january-19th-2018-launch-day?e=9a53f7d933

All Rick Lee James Digital Albums On Sale for only $3.00 on Bandcamp.

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Click Here for the Sale!

www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com

I’m just a proud daddy and I wanted to share my 4 year old’s rendition of Jingle Bells that we recorded last night at church.

Merry Christmas,

RLJ

On December 19th, 2017 I had the chance to co-host a Christmas Show on Shine FM in Bellfountaine, Ohio. I played several songs on Air, did the weather, read scripture, joked around, and signed the artist wall right next to Brandon Heath and Jon McGlaughlin. Thanks Angie Vertucci and the Shine FM staff for having me on and for playing my music.

-RLJ

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