We music fans often get caught up in an artist’s professional accomplishments. They released so many albums, were part of these bands, and had x number of hits. While I enjoy talking about music history, listeners of this podcast will know that some of the best encouragement comes from the off-stage life of our musician friends. Today I’m talking with Rick Heil. You probably know Rick as the former bassist for Big Tent Revival or the lead singer for modern worship group Sonicflood. But that is a small part of Rick’s story.
One of the things that has fascinated me is the number of artists who have moved to full-time ministry as a follow-up to their professional music career. One such musician is Michael James Murphy. Michael recorded five albums in the early eighties and transition to more of a country sound in the nineties where he released another three albums as Michael James. But an early call God placed on his life was to be involved in worship ministry.
Every once in awhile I get the opportunity to meet someone whose faith walk impacts me in ways that I wasn’t expecting. My guest today is one of those people.
Scott Wesley Brown released his first album in 1974 and has gone on to release more than 20 more! He has continued writing songs about the difference Jesus made in his life and how he wants to share that difference with everyone. And then our conversation turned to what it means to leave a legacy, not just professionally, but with our family. This is a great conversation you don't want to miss!
Dennis Parker is an award-winning musician who you likely have never heard of. He's been a band member for some of the biggest country stars. But fame and success crumbled away under the grip of addiction. Dennis' story is one of God's never-ending love and pursuit. And a story of reconciliation and redemption.
Connect with Dennis Parker: Facebook or by mail: mail him at PO Box 464, Huntsville, AL 35804
Carolyn Arends is a thoughtful songwriter, author, and spiritual coach. She is getting ready to release a new album celebrating 25 years in Christian music. Learn about Carolyn and her story, and find out what she's up to these days.
Bob Bennett has been making music since he was 9. He released his first album in 1979 and has continued making heartfelt music ever since. In fact, CCM Magazine rated his Matters of the Heart record as one of the top Christian records of all time. Bob is a thoughtful and funny guy. Join in the conversation with host Dave Maurer.
Astute credit readers will recognize Bob Farrell as a songwriter whose songs have been performed by DeGarmo & Key, Sandi Patty, Amy Grant, Pat Terry, Wynonna, and Eric Clapton. He also penned Hero The Rock Opera with longtime collaborator Eddie DeGarmo. But dig back a bit further and you'll recognize Bob as half of the husband and wife duo Farrell and Farrell, who were mainstays in the Christian music scene in the 80s and 90s with songs like "Earthmaker", "People in a Box", and "Boundless Love".
Christian Music Archive founder Dave Maurer introduces the upcoming Christian Music Archive podcast where he will feature conversations with musicians about Christ, being part of Community, and their Music.
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