Rick Cua

Jan 01, 2007
Jan 01, 1997
May 16, 1995
Jan 01, 1993
Jan 01, 1992
Jan 01, 1991
Jan 01, 1989
Jan 01, 1988
Jan 01, 1986
Jan 01, 1985
Jan 01, 1983
Jan 01, 1982

Rick Cua is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1982 Rick Cua koo-ah Producer, Songwriter, Arrangements, Bass, Vocals
1983 Rick Cua No Mystery Producer, Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1985 The Cause Do Something Now Choir
1985 Marloe Scott Wilson The Pink Lady Songwriter, Bass
1985 Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart Sheep In Wolves Clothing Bass
1985 Rick Cua You're My Road Producer, Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1985 Carman The Champion Background Vocals
1986 Sandi Patty Morning Like This Choir Vocals
1986 Randy Stonehill The Wild Frontier Bass
1986 Rick Cua Wear Your Colors Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1986 Rob Frazier This Town Bass
1987 Dave Perkins The Innocence Bass
1987 Various Artists Righteous Metal
1988 Randy Stonehill Can't Buy a Miracle Bass
1988 Compassion All Star Band 1 by 1 - Live! Bass, Vocals
1988 Phil Keaggy Phil Keaggy & Sunday's Child Bass
1988 Rick Cua Can't Stand Too Tall Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1989 Whitecross Triumphant Return Bass
1989 Rick Cua Midnight Sun Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1990 Phil Keaggy Find Me In These Fields Bass
1991 Whitecross In the Kingdom Bass
1991 Margaret Becker Simple House Vocals
1991 Rick Cua Within Reach Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1992 Rick Cua The Way Love Is Songwriter, Bass
1993 Whitecross To the Limit - The Best of Whitecross Bass
1993 Rick Cua Songs to Live By Producer, Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1995 Phil Keaggy Time 2 Bass
1995 Phil Keaggy Time 1 Bass
1995 Rick Cua Times Ten Producer, Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1997 Rick Cua Like a Cool Drink Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
1997 The Ah-Koo-Stiks Like a Cool Drink Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
2000 Phil Keaggy Zion Bass
2001 Petra Revival Bass
2007 Rick Cua Won't Fade Away Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
2009 Blues Counsel Let the Healing Begin Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
2013 Blues Counsel Muscle Shoals Sessions Songwriter, Bass, Vocals
2016 Phil Keaggy All At Once Bass

Rick Cua

Dec 03, 1948

Rick Cua (born December 3, 1948 in Syracuse, New York) is an American Dove Award and Grammy Award-winning Christian rock singer, songwriter, bassist, author, and ordained minister. He is a former member of the Southern rock band, Outlaws, whom he joined in 1980. He left the band in 1983 to pursue a full-time career in Christian contemporary music. Cua he gained popularity throughout most the 1980s as a leather-jacket-wearing rocker with an arena rock sound featuring big, shout-along choruses. In 1988, he signed with Reunion Records and his works began to take on a softer, more radio-friendly tone that included "sentimental ballads and pop-rock anthems in the style of Michael Bolton." Cua left Reunion in 1992, creating his own label, UCA Records, on which he recorded three studio albums in the 1990s.

Celebrating his 25th year in ministry, Cua released his twelfth album, Won't Fade Away, in 2007. It was his first album in ten years.

In a society that seeks fame and fortune above all, Rick Cua’s simple mission - to share the love of God through music - is a cool drink of water in a dry land. Add to that wide-ranging experience and wisdom gained from over a quarter-century in music ministry and business, along with a gift of encouragement and you have the components of an artist, teacher and speaker with a passion for helping others find their fullness in Christ.

Proverbs 4:7 says “Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.” (NLT) Rick has spent his life putting that scripture into practice. From his experiences as an artist, minister and music businessman, he has a wealth of knowledge to share; and the act of sharing is what motivates him.

When you read about his extensive experience, it is easy to understand why Rick is such a resource to the church. Having been a member of a successful mainstream rock group, The Outlaws, then continuing for more than 15 years as a Christian recording artist, serving for more than 5 years as an executive of EMI Christian Music Publishing, and 16 years as an ordained minister, gives Rick a rich well to draw from. Currently, Rick focuses his time on front-line ministry, RickCua.com and All For The King Music, all of which speak to his personal mission of sharing the power of God’s Word through music.

“I love to get out and play, I really do. I love teaching. I love talking and teaching about worship and songwriting, and wrapping the Word around all of that. In recent years I have become aware of the fact that I am ministering as a player and as a coach. Not only passing along my experience through mentoring but by modeling it as well.” Rick says.

Rick’s career as a musician has always carried the hallmark of an artist who passionately holds on to his Biblical convictions and communicates uplifting and straightforward messages to his audience. All of his songs are written with the intent to ultimately point to Christ.

“Music is such a motivator. When you put the truth in music, and you hit that emotional nerve, it works,” explains Rick. “I feel called to build people up. My goal is to take the Word and Godly principles and attach it to music that is going to get them pumped up, and want to sing along and want to believe what they are hearing and what they are singing…as an artist, that’s what it’s about.”

To that end, Rick continues to write and record new songs that have been born out of a progressive artistic vision. His involvement in the burgeoning praise and worship community over the years is definitely having an impact.

“A lot of the songs I write have a worship slant; it’s what I’ve done for years. It’s a natural thing. They will be congregational, but will also be energetic and pretty vibey,” Rick says. “Musically, the recordings will rock with appropriate aggression and an uplifting message.”

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Rick’s Italian heritage is apparent in his first instrument—as a young boy, he started on the accordion. He eventually moved on to the piano, trumpet, clarinet, guitar, and eventually settled on the bass—and rock music. Membership in early bands fed his musical obsession, and led to paying gigs by age 14 and an inevitable career choice.

Marrying Diana, his high school sweetheart, at age 21, Rick continued to pursue music, with all the ups and downs that entails. Several years into their marriage, Diana accepted Christ as her Savior and spent the next five years praying for Rick to come to Christ also—and her prayers were answered.

“As a child, I always had a sense of who God was, even though I didn’t really know Him,” Rick explains. “I always had the conviction of the Holy Spirit, even though I didn’t know where it was coming from. I also believe that long before I made a serious commitment to Christ, He had His hands on my life.”

Several years after Rick’s commitment to Christ, he felt lead to leave The Outlaws and commit his music to ministry. Eventually, he would release 11 albums, with six #1 songs and nine Top 5 hits, and a Dove Award nomination. He has performed across the United States and around the world for the better part of his life.

Rick’s 12th and newest CD, “Won’t Fade Away”, celebrates 25 years of music ministry: 1982 – 2007. His latest effort, Blues Counsel, "Let The Healing Begin" was released in November 2009. “If there is one thing I want to be remembered for as an artist and friend, it is as an encourager, a man who always stands on the foundation of God’s word and encourages through the love, support and promises of Christ,” says Rick. “I’m not a hellfire and brimstone guy; it’s just about ‘You can do it, God’s given you the power, and his Grace is the power for you to do what you are called to do. Know who you are in Christ, get out there and do it.’”

Rick is currently on staff at Grace Chapel in Leiper's Fork TN as Pastoral Car Pastor. Rick and Diana, his wife of 41 years, live in Franklin, TN, have 2 daughters, a son-in-law and 2 grandchildren, Niki, Nina, Todd & Luke.

Rick Cua Bio. (n.d.). Retrieved November 12, 2012, from Rick Cua.com website: http://rickcua.com/cuabio.html
Rick Cua. (2010, December 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:03, July 7, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rick_Cua&oldid=401018288

Where are they Now: 

Rick Cua took a hiatus from recording in 1998 and went to work as Vice President of the Creative Department at EMI Christian Music Publishing, where he stayed until 2003. Following that executive stint, Cua became focused on managing his own two companies: Rick Cua Entertainment, which manages artists and works in music publishing, film and TV licensing; and All For The King Music, offering coaching and inspiration to lay musicians through workshops and free electronic delivery of original worship music.

In December 2007, Rick joined the staff of Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN. He is responsible for Pastoral Care and Visitation.

June 16, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Author, speaker, teacher, pastor, and Dove Award-nominated recording artist Rick Cua has unveiled his second book, What Are You Known For?, from All for the King Media.

Created by: siremidor on 26-July-2010 - Last Edited by siremidor on 01-June-2020