In the last nine years, singer/songwriter Chris Rice has
become one of the most well-known and influential artists in contemporary
Christian music today. Funny thing is, he actually considers his music
career a side business. Chris Rice's true passion in life is to connect
with youth students and help guide them into the relationship that Christ
desires to have with them. His music is a means to help him do this.
Rice grew up in Maryland with his three brothers and parents
who were Christian bookstore owners. He credits his parents and other
adult mentors for shaping him into the person he is today. Their strong
faith and involvement in his life are what drives his work with youth
today. The people who took interest in Chris Rice as a kid made a huge
difference in his faith and he desires to do the same for young people
today. "My truest and most fruitful work in life," Rice says, "is to
connect with students relationally and to influence them in their understanding
of God and their walk with Him. I get to know these people over years
and get to watch them grow up. Because I've experienced that, that's
90 percent of my life, my heart."
Chris Rice took piano lessons when he was an adolescent
and went on to use his musical talents in college at Union University
in Jackson, Tennessee. What began as him leading college worship services
and retreats soon turned into a full-time career. Although it was not
something Rice had figured on doing, he made room for it while remaining
deeply committed to his work with youth.
Chris Rice's albums:
Snapshots: Live and Fan Favorites, 2005 [Rocketown]
Short Term Memories, 2004 [Rocketown]
Run the Earth... Watch the Sky, 2003 [Rocketown]
Living Room Sessions: Christmas, 2001 [Rocketown]
Living Room Sessions: Hymns, 2001 [Rocketown]
Smell the Color 9, 2000 [Rocketown]
Past The Edges, 1998 [Rocketown]
Deep Enough to Dream, 1997 [Rocketown]
In 2004 and 2005, Rice released two CD's, both of which
are compialations of his geatest hits and live performances. Short Term
Memories inlcludes greatest hits such as "Deep Enough to Dream," live
performances of "Clumsy" and "The Cartoon Song," as well as three new
ones. Snapshots includes six live performances and fan favorites such
as "Nothin'" and "Me and Becky."
"Run the Earth . . . Watch the Sky", which was
released in 2003, is Rice's most recent project containing all-new songs.
While still presenting a modern folk sound, the record also has a bit
of a pop feel. The title is actually an unspoken motto that Rice has
had throughout his life. He loves to take in the world around him and
enjoy all of God's rich blessings while still keeping his eyes, mind,
and heart heart on things above, because that is unltimately where God
designed us to be.
Rice has received much success in his musical career including
several number ones, numerous Dove nominations, and a Dove Award for
"Male Vocalist of the Year". As well, more than a million of his records
have been sold. Not too bad for a side career!
Rice's nineth album is due out in August of 2005. He hopes
that the songs on this CD, as well as all the others, will drive people
to find a new perspective and purpose in life and encourage them to
keep looking skyward.
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