Hymns, Prayers, & Invitations

$4,625 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 91 people in 28 months
Rick Lee James  SPRINGFIELD, OH

Update as of November 20th, 2015
Trusting God to provide, as I know He can. At this point if I do my my goal on GoFundMe I'm still at least $1000 short of finishing the project. Pray with me if you will and if you can share this link it would be much appreciated. If I have to I will go in debt to get it out to donors before the end of the year. It it would be really great to get enough pre-orders here to not have to do that, especially with holidays coming on.

www.gofundme.com/hymns


Help me create my next record, an album of hymns, both Ancient and Modern, Produced by 5 time Dove Award winner Craig Adams. This album will invilve A-list studio musicians, engineers, studios and producers. Funds raised on GoFundMe.com will go toward the album budget, supplies, pre-production, album art design, and distribution. 

Our projected amount needed to finish this record, which has already begun production, is $4,500.00. 

You can hear demos of the songs that will be included on the record at www.youtube.com/rickleejames

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Here is our Wish List Goal (If we go above and beyond our goal)


Here Is A List of Our Projected Expenses
$500 Supplies (hard drives, CDs, DVDs, etc.)
$2,500 Pre-production (arranging, chart preparation, contracting)
$5,000 Musicians- Work for Hire
$5,000 Studio Rental
$7,000 Engineer (recording and mixing)
$5,000 Studio Producer
$5,000 Video/Filming/& GoFundMe.com Fees

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$30,000 (Grand Total)


Here Are Some Rewards You As A Donor Will Recieve

Pledge $5 or more (Thank You)

My heartfelt thanks for your support of my new album. No amount is too small and every dollar will help tremendously!

Pledge $15 or more (The Triple Digi)

We'll email you 3 songs from the new album as a digital download before it's available in stores.

Pledge $25 or more (The Art Collector)

We'll email the entire new album to you as a digital download before it's available in stores. We'll also send you the album artwork in digital format as well.

Pledge $50 or more (Get Physical)

We'll send you a CD of the new album signed by Rick before it's available in stores.

Pledge $75 or more (The Bookworm)

We'll send you a CD of the new album signed by Rick before it's available in stores PLUS a digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $100 or more (The Groupie)

You will receive 2 backstage passes to a Rick Lee James concert (travel not included). We'll also send you a CD of the new album signed by Rick before it's available in stores PLUS a digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $250 or more (The Call)

We'll set up a 1 hour Skype session during the recording of the new project. Watch Rick in the studio as he works on the new album. We'll also send you an autographed copy of Rick's book, PLUS a digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $350 or more (The Q & A)

Rick and Craig Adams will spend 60 minutes with your worship team via a Skype session. They will answer questions you have about leading worship, and offer insight based on their experience as worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians. You'll also receive a CD's of the new album personalized to your group by Rick before it's available in stores,  autographed copies of Rick's book for your worship team, PLUS a digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms.

Pledge $500 or more (The Name Dropper)

Your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $750 or more (The Studio)

You will receive 4 passes into the recording studio for 1 day to see the album being created (travel not included), dinner with Rick and Craig Adams, Your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $1,000 or more (The Bulk)

Bulk order for your church or small group before it's available in stores: Order 50 CDs of the new worship project for your church or small group, and save 20% (50 autographed CDs for $1,000 - a $1,250 value). In addition, Your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $1,750 or more (The Workshop)

Rick and Craig Adams will travel to the venue of your choosing for a concert and weekend workshop for your church praise team. In addition your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $2,500 or more (Diner's Club)

Rick will treat you and 1 guest to dinner in Cincinnati, Ohio (Travel and hotel not included - Please allow 4-12 weeks for scheduling). In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $5,000 or more (Podcaster)

You and one guest will be a guest will spend a day in the recording studio with Rick while he is working on his new worship project (travel and hotel not included), and you will also be a featured guest on Rick's podcast, Voices In My Head, and have dinner with Rick in Nashville,Tennessee. In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live

Pledge $7,500 or more (JourneyRick)

Rick will lead worship for your church or small group (Travel included - USA destinations only - Please allow 3-6 months for booking). In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live, plus an autographed copy of all of Rick's previously released Albums.

Pledge $10,000 or more (The Concert)

Limited 3 available

Bring Rick and his band to your church for a full live performance of the album track by track (USA destinations only - Please allow 3-6 months for scheduling). 

In addition, your name will be listed in the credits of the new album. We will also send you a personal thank you video from Rick, a CD of the new album personalized to you by Rick before it's available in stores, an autographed copy of Rick's book, digital copy of Rick's book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms, PLUS Rick's live concert DVD: Basement Psalms Live, plus an autographed copy of all of Rick's previously released Albums.
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Update 96
Posted by Rick Lee James
2 months ago
Hello My Friends,
I hope you are all doing well. Since you were all such a vital help in the making of "Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations" I wanted to share some news with you about a new music video from that album that we will be making soon.

Here's a link to the GoFund me page me page
https://www.gofundme.com/rickleejames

I also release a new podcast episode today (#176) which you can find at this link where I share the vision for this new project and 3 ways that you can help and be a part of this music video. It's only 20 minutes long but I think you will find it worth your time: http://www.rickleejames.podbean.com

Thank you,
Rick Lee James
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Update 95
Posted by Rick Lee James
10 months ago
Hello My Friends,
While snow is falling around many parts of our country, we are finding ourselves high and dry here in Springfield Ohio, but it is awfully cold. I'm thankful that God has provided a warm home for our family on cold nights like these. God provides. I've been experiencing this in a lot of ways.

This past week God provided as I recorded my first ever music video for the first single on my new album. I also recorded a special "story behind the song" video as a companion to the song ' Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me). I can't wait to see how the videos turned out. I'm told I will have some footage to look at in a couple of weeks.

With less than two months to go before release God has provided in several other ways. Walter Brueggemann, one of the world's most respected theologians, gave a listen to the album and wrote a beautiful endorsement for the project. I can't say for certain, but I'm pretty sure that this is the first musical endorsement to which he has ever lent his name. God provides.

Another door that has opened is that itickets.com will be featuring 'Christ Is Lord ( Christ Before Me)' as download of the week on their web site and in their email blasts the week leading up to the release of "Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations". This is huge. Once again, God provides.

Also, one of my favorite radio shows, Under The Radar, has offered to have me on their show the week after the album releases and they will be playing some music from the record. These shows will go out to over 200 radio stations in the U. S. and again I say, God provides.

There are many other promotional opportunities that God seems to be laying in front of me as we head toward the release on March 17th. They are great opportunities but most of them are not free. Most of them I just flat out can't afford even thought they would be great exposure for the record.

I'm asking that you would pray with me for wisdom to know which doors to walk through. Even with your generous giving to this album my funds are completely depleted. I'm depending on God to provide once again.

I'm not writing to ask you to give more money so take a sigh of relief. Many of you have given already and have given sacrificially. I'm simply asking that you pray with me about open doors. Pray that God will help this ministry to be honoring to Him and that I will have wisdom. Pray that doors will opened, not only monetarily, but pray for doors to be opened for God to use this music to minister where it is needed most.

I long for people to hear the record, and to do that marketing dollars are a reality, but I never want that to be my focus. May our focus always be the Kingdom of God and glorification of Jesus Christ.

I would covet your prayers over the next several months. I'm amazed at all the ways God has provided so far, not just with this album, but in so many areas of my life. Seeking funding and marketing overwhelm me and frankly I just want to be about the work of ministry. I don't know how to do all that needs to be done but I do know what 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says:

"The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it."

I believe that. I trust that. I know God will provide. I covet your prayers for continued provision and wisdom. Thank you for praying with me. May Jesus be seen, may broken hearts be mended, may people be saved, and may Christ be glorified.

Blessings,
Rick Lee James




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Update 94
Posted by Rick Lee James
11 months ago
Hello My Friends,
For those of you who donated $25.00 or more, I wanted to remind you that last month I sent you a digital code where you could download the entire album, Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations.

I noticed that about 48 of you still have not accessed your download. If you are planning on downloading your copy but have not yet I would encourage you to do so. The codes were not free for me to give away so if you aren't not planning on using your code please let me know so that I can pass them on to other people who will use them. If you've lost your code just let me know and I will access it for you.

Thank you very much. The album releases to the rest of the world on March 17th. I'm so grateful for your partnership on this project.

Blessings,
Rick Lee James
Www.rickleejames.bandcamp.com
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Update 93
Posted by Rick Lee James
11 months ago
Did you use your download code to download the new record? Just wondering if you had any questions about it. For those of you who donated at the physical CD level, your CDs are in the mail so you should expect them any day.

Merry Christmas,
Rick Lee James
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$4,625 of $4,500 goal

Raised by 91 people in 28 months
Created August 12, 2014
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$25
Matthew Cole
12 months ago

Looking forward to hearing these

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Anonymous
12 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$50
Steve & Cheryl Earley
12 months ago

We love you and believe in you.

DC
$15
Deborah Clayton
12 months ago

I would like a CD mailed to this address.

SW
$35
Steve & Pam Weaver
12 months ago

Proud of what your doing!!

$50
Anonymous
12 months ago
$150
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12 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Eric Vinson
12 months ago

To put you at an even 4,000. How O.C.D. of me. Blessings on the project, brother. Can't wait to hear it.

RY
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Rich Young
12 months ago

Prayers and blessings brother!

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12 months ago
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