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““The Psalms take up more real estate in the Bible than any other book. This ancient Jewish hymnal is an anthology of lyrics for one hundred and fifty songs. These God-obsessed poems are not to be blithely read, but prayed, or better yet chanted and sung. To properly approach the Psalms we need to abandon the didactic and embrace the poetic, but this does not come naturally for everyone. What we need is the artistic sensibilities of a songwriter to guide us. This is precisely what Rick Lee James brings to the Psalms in his wonderful book Out Of The Depths. As a pastor/songwriter/musician Rick Lee James is uniquely suited to introduce us to the Psalms and help us see how these three thousand year old songs speak to the whole range of human experience in the light of brutal honesty and radical trust in God. I highly recommend Out Of The Depths!” –BRIAN ZAHND Pastor of Word of Life Church, St. Joseph, Missouri & Author of A Farewell To Mars (2014)”

““Rick Lee James has accomplished what I have been trying to do for decades; bring together the thoughtful reader with the discerning listener. He has written an important introduction to the Psalter which opens the door to his own musical interpretations.””

“Customer Review: Voices In My Head (The Official Rick Lee James Podcast): I really dig this podcast because Rick Lee James actually spends time with intelligent, talented and, often times, funny guests. If you're looking for something that barely scratches the surface of the guests featured, then this isn't for you. Rick gets down to the nitty gritty. He is a very bright guy and asks great questions - and best of all, he creates an atmosphere where the people he features can be themselves. He certainly provides us with a more organic view of each guest he features. One of the best podcasts out there, in my opinion.”

“Customer Review: Voices In My Head (Official Rick Lee James Podcast): Being honest, I am not a big listener of podcasts and usually only go to this route when someone suggests a quote or a particular episode. However, there is a rare occasion when listening that there is enough in the referred section that I finish the whole podcast. Even rarer still is the time when what I hear in the one prompts me to listen to another and Rick Lee James is only the second podcast to keep my attention (Mars Hill - Rob Bell being the other). Not too serious and just good fun conversation on topics that need to be voiced via the vehicle of pop cultural venues of comics, movies, and music. Worth the time for the download and a good listen for a jog on the treadmill or a drive down the road… I recommend it...”

“Great Job!!! I appreciate you and your ministry! Our teens loved it! ”

“Rick James live shows are beautiful! His humbleness is so easy to love--when he is on stage you appreciate him but quickly become lost in his music and messages. It's almost like a wire that conducts electricity--he is there to radiate his passion into his audience and upwards towards the divine. It is really something to see :) ”


“I was truly blessed today by Rick's ministry. I highly recommend him to visit your Church, group or event. Made my first visit to the Marysville Church of the Nazarene a very special one. ”

“Thanks for playing tonight! We just went to Beans n Cream for a cup of Coffee and instead we got front row seats to the best concert weve ever been to at a coffee shop. Thanks for putting up with our obnoxious requests! Congrats on the wedding! Hope to see you in Cedarville again! ”

““I fell in love with the place,” Springfield singer-songwriter Rick Lee James said. James saw a show at the opera house last summer and, on Friday, will play the first show of his own there with Champaign County singer-songwriter Daniel Dye and the group Kids Helping Kids as part of a benefit for the Christian relief organization World Vision. “I like the feel when you walk through the door,” he said. As cliche as it might be to suggest it’s like stepping back in time, it’s also true.”

“Album Title: “A Little Lower Than the Angels” Artist: Rick L. James Reviewer: Annie Reuter Rating: 4 out of 5 “Songwriting is turning the heart inside out and letting the world hear its meditations. If a song is truly authentic it is a Christ event, a giving of your life for the benefit of those who have ears to hear,” singer-songwriter Rick L. James said. This quote alone describes James’ music best. An international recording artist, guitarist, studio musician, songwriter, worship leader, ordained minister and tenured youth pastor, he has traveled throughout the US and Africa providing hope and healing to those in need. Having performed his music on radio stations, TV programs, churches, and coffee houses, James’ biggest gig was at Church of the Nazarene General Assembly in Orlando, Florida, where he performed for over 10,000 people. ”

“The music business is a tough one to break into, with artists left and right vying for attention, particularly in the age of American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Yet, within the contemporary Christian music scene, the competition is even more fierce to stand out as choir members, worship leaders, and soloists all vie for attention...”