Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast)

Rick Lee James

The Official Podcast of Christian singer, songwriter, author and speaker Rick Lee James. www.RickLeeJames.com

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Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 446: Chosen Road - Appalachian Hymns   Chosen Road has carved a singular niche in the musical landscape with their world-class Appalachian instrumentation combined with a passion for sharing and living the Gospel. Comprised of founding member Jonathan Buckner, along with Zachary Alvis, Tyler Robertson and Josh Hicks, the group has been carefully honing their craft since 2009, releasing six albums and performing at festivals, fairs, churches and theatres across the United States as well as overseas. Their 2020 recording, Appalachian Worship, reached #4 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart, and remained a fixture there for a notable 30 weeks. On November 12th Chosen Road released Appalachian Hymns, produced by the group’s Zachary Alvis and Tyler Robertson. The 12-song collection pairs the band's unparalleled acoustic instrumentation and vocal harmonies with classic songs of faith and the Church. Jonathan Buckner from Chosen Road is this week's guest.   Chosen Road's Web Site: https://www.chosenroadmusic.com/       Rick Lee James is now also recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc Rick Lee James Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Video: https://youtu.be/q4X8fPuG3b4 RICK LEE JAMES – ADVENT HYMN (WATCHING, WAITING, LONGING) Label: Lifeway Worship Total Time:00:04:11 From the Album: Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing) Formats: Christian, Christmas Available Now on for #Christmas Radio Airplay on PLAY MPE : https://player.plaympe.com/releases/releaseinfo/200164318

Dec 1

38 min 17 sec

Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 445: Melanie Waldman Melanie Waldman’s desire is to create songs and cultivate worship experiences that help restore hope by reminding people who they are, and that God is always at work in their lives. Haunted by a childhood of darkness, fear and abuse, and a young adulthood characterized by chaos and loss, Waldman’s life was changed forever in a miraculous personal encounter with Jesus. With a mission to encourage and inspire others to press on to the great fullness that awaits in Christ, her powerful testimony is the heartbeat of her ministry.   On November 5th, Psalmsongs, her much-anticipated full-length debut released. Produced by Waterdeep’s Lori Chaffer, the project is inspired by one of the Bible’s most beloved books and explores a range of themes reflected in the Psalms, including praise, thanksgiving, lament and petition. —Rick Lee James   Melanie Waldman's Web Site: https://www.melaniewaldman.com/   Rick Lee James is now also recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc Rick Lee James Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Video: https://youtu.be/q4X8fPuG3b4 RICK LEE JAMES – ADVENT HYMN (WATCHING, WAITING, LONGING) Label: Lifeway Worship Total Time:00:04:11 From the Album: Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing) Formats: Christian, Christmas Available Now on for #Christmas Radio Airplay on PLAY MPE : https://player.plaympe.com/releases/releaseinfo/200164318

Nov 24

36 min 7 sec

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Nov 23

2 min 52 sec

Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 444: Becca Jordan My guest this week on Voices in my Head is singer and songwriter, Becca Jordan. Her new album, Becoming Ordinary, Debuted last month to great acclaim and she’s here to speak with me about it this week. —Rick Lee James   Becca Jordan In Her Own Words: I'm a wandering songbird. I earned my B.A. in Communications from University in Alabama-Huntsville. It was during college doing all that writing that I started dabbling in songwriting.  I recorded my first EP, Love Shows Up, in 2012 with Robbie Seay producing. I moved to Nashville in 2015, worked at a non-profit, started singing in church and absorbing the creative community through concerts and coffee dates with fellow creatives. I traveled to L’Abri in England in the fall of 2016, where I soaked up the reality that the Lord is Lord over all things, stuff like cooking and washing dishes, not just mysterious creative processes like songwriting. I came back to Nashville to plant some roots and started working with the elderly.  (Not on purpose, really, but because God has a sense of humor. I needed to learn some things I could only learn with them.) So I spent four years learning and observing the goodness of God in what felt like a quiet corner with folks that taught me what it meant to place my whole life before God as an offering. This is what my record, Becoming Ordinary, is about— leaving behind all the illusions of what I thought my life would be, and picking up what it is— mundane, sometimes deeply lonely, sometimes fraught with joy, and mostly just very ordinary— and giving it to God.  Becca Jordan on Spotify:   Becca Jordan’s Web Site: https://www.beccajordanmusic.com/   A message from the road…literally.   Rick Lee James is now also recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc Rick Lee James Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/UMS9hqEbBKk RICK LEE JAMES – ADVENT HYMN (WATCHING, WAITING, LONGING) Label: Lifeway Worship Total Time:00:04:11 From the Album: Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing) Formats: Christian,Christmas Available Now on for #Christmas Radio Airplay on PLAY MPE : https://player.plaympe.com/releases/releaseinfo/200164318

Nov 17

41 min 45 sec

Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 443: The Gates Are Not Shut A Sunday Message A message from the road…literally. (Apologies for the poor audio in a couple of places where the streaming breaks up) Rick Lee James is now also recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc Rick Lee James Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4

Nov 10

19 min 49 sec

Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 442: STEPHEN MCWHIRTER   Acclaimed singer/songwriter and worship leader Stephen McWhirter and GRAMMY® and Stellar-nominated recording artist Jason Clayborn have joined forces for Highest Praise, a rousing celebration of soul-drenched worship bowing October 8 from Lula Street Records (Integrity Music). The nine-track live studio set pairs the duo’s impassioned lead vocals with classic rock, Motown, Gospel, and contemporary worship moments.    Produced and co-written by McWhirter, Highest Praise also features eight selections co-penned by Clayborn. The title cut—a Stevie Wonder-meets-Humble Pie groove—is a joyful anthem crossing cultural and musical divides in unified worship. Additional highlights of Highest Praise include the Motown slow-burner “God Be Yourself,” a prayer which clings to His character even in the most difficult circumstances; the modern worship declaration of “Let There Be Love”; and “The Yes Song,” a resounding testament to the promises of God.   Highest Praise follows the duo’s debut collaboration, McWhirter’s 2020 Choir Sessions (feat. Jason Clayborn & The Atmosphere Changers). McWhirter and Clayborn also wrote and recorded the Christmas anthem “Born A King,” which was featured in last year’s Christmas special for the blockbuster television series The Chosen.      Stephen McWhirter is a touring worship leader, producer, speaker and author whose powerful testimony of divine deliverance from addiction is the cornerstone of his ministry platform. A founding member of the former worship collective Iron Bell Music, he is also a songwriter with Essential Music Publishing/Sony PLG and a Lula Street (Integrity Music) recording artist.    Tyscot recording artist Jason Clayborn is a GRAMMY® and Stellar Award nominee and former member of the renowned hip-hop/gospel group The Righteous Riders. He has also toured around the world with numerous artists, including Dr. Ron Kenoly. Most recently, Clayborn and his choir, The Atmosphere Changers, performed at the 2021 Stellar Awards alongside the legendary Bishop Hezekiah Walker.      Rick Lee James is now also recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc     Rick Lee James Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com   Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness

Nov 3

39 min 34 sec

Episode 441: For Love of Neighbor - Politics For The Common Good Film Synopsis Web Site: https://faithandpubliclife.com/flon/ A documentary film directed by Ryan Patch, For Love of Neighbor: Politics for the Common Good tells the stories of three individuals—Sen. Tim Scott, Justin Giboney, and Sarah Imboden—who, on different levels and in distinct ways, are seeking to engage faithfully in contemporary American politics. The film does not provide specific answers for how Christians should engage in politics: prescribing who they should vote for or what specific policies they should support. Instead, it explores foundational questions about the purpose (and limits) of politics and the proper Christian posture toward government and secular society. Ultimately, the film aims to spark further discussion and offer a hopeful vision for Christian participation in contemporary public life.       Recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness

Nov 3

23 min 2 sec

Episode 440: Live Episode On The Wisdom App - Who Is Jesus? Recording live podcasts via the Wisdom App - join me there and be a part live podcast conversations like this one as they happen. https://join.wisdom.audio/8Nnc   Web Site: http://www.RickLeeJames.com Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness

Nov 3

1 hr 4 min

Dr. William Willimon Bestselling author, popular preacher and teacher, Will Willimon, has just published one of his liveliest books, God Turned Toward Us: The ABCs of the Christian Faith. “The challenge of the Christian life is learning to talk Christian. Somebody has got to tell us, give us the words that open the door to the faith called Christian,” says Will in his introduction. The book takes terms like Atonement, Christ, Incarnation, Justice, Creed and speaks about them in wonderfully accessible ways. The vocabulary begins with an essay on, Abortion, and runs all the way to Zacchaeus. Will’s signature humor and mischievousness comes through, along with his truth-telling witness to the theological riches of the Christian faith. Bishop Kenneth Carder calls this a “sometimes jarring, always interesting, consistently insightful, and persistently provocative invitation to ‘talk the talk and walk the walk’ of Christian discipleship.” Whether a new or longstanding Christian, God Turned Toward Us is sure to enliven your faith. Dr. William Willimon currently serves as Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program there. Will has served as Bishop for the United Methodist Church in northern Alabama for eight years. A prolific author and preacher, Will continues to serve the Church by offering an unapologetic attempt to articulate the language of the Christian faith on the page and in various pulpits around the country. https://willwillimon.com/about/

Nov 3

33 min 56 sec

Stephen McNeill - The Art of Repair New album, The Art of Repair, coming October 15 The Art of Repair is a collection of songs about putting the pieces back together after a season of loss. Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, in which craftsmen mend broken pottery with gold lacquer, the album explores the experience of restoring broken relationships instead of discarding them . The fractures are not hidden but instead are illuminated to become something more beautiful for once having been shattered. Recorded at Young Avenue Sound with engineer Calvin Lauber, the record features a band consisting of Andrew McNeill on drums, Carl Casperson on upright bass, Jon Gaines on piano, and Nathan Dugger on pedal steel. Pre-Order The New Album: https://stephenmcneill.bandcamp.com/album/the-art-of-repair Web Site: https://www.stephenmcneillmusic.com/ ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The Latest Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video:   

Sep 15

51 min 29 sec

Dale Baker - aka - The Maudlin Fee The Maudlin Fee is the solo project of Dale Baker, an American indie folk singer and drummer currently living in Durham, NC. Formative years were filled with the music of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton and The Florida Boys. Bluegrass and old time gospel music were also early influences. In college, Baker studied jazz and world music at the University of North Texas. Later he joined Sixpence None the Richer. With them he recorded 5 albums, sold millions of records, toured the world, and was nominated for several awards (including two Grammy’s), culminating in three top ten singles (with the songs Kiss Me, There She Goes, and Breathe Your Name). After a brief stint in the band Over the Rhine, Baker found success as a freelance drummer, performing and recording with Buddy Miller, Chris Stamey, Stephen Kellogg, Thad Cockrell et.al. In 2013 he became one of the core touring members of Big Star’s Third Live (documented in the 2017 DVD release of “Thank You Friends” on Concord Bicycle Music), a concert event celebrating the music of Big Star, featuring a rotating roster of guest performers including members of Wilco, The Posies, REM, Beck, Dawes, Tom Petty, The dB's, Yo La Tengo and the Kronos Quartet. In February 2018, Baker began exclusively debuting his songs via the direct-to-fan distribution platform, Noisetrade. In July of 2018, Noisetrade featured The Maudlin Fee as "New and Notable," bringing attention to the release of his EP, "So Far."   Web Site: https://www.themaudlinfee.com/ ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video:   

Sep 8

57 min 1 sec

Linda Znachko – Episode 435   Linda Znachko is the founder of He Knows Your Name ministry and author of the nationally recognized and award winning book, He Knows Your Name, How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say YES to God. Rooted in the conviction that every life is sacred to God, and that naming children matters deeply, this ministry gives children dignity and honor in death by celebrating their LIFE. Linda’s work was featured on a cover story by the Indianapolis Star, featured on the Steve Harvey Show and the Harvest Show , interviewed on ‘In the Market’ with Janet Parshall, as a guest on Ann Voskamp’s website, and highlighted in countless local and regional media outlets. For her work with families and children, Linda has received the McMiracle Award from Miracle on 38th St. Foundation, Jefferson Award from ABC News, United Way “100 Heroes Award” Winner, and the Angel Award from Benedict Inn . Having taught and discipled women for over twenty-five years, Linda has been a speaker for churches and retreats. She and her high school sweetheart, husband Steve, launched a Foundation, funding ministries around the globe, and also serve as advocates for Safe Families for Children. Steve and Linda attend Antioch Church in Indianapolis where they raised their 4 children. One of Linda’s greatest joys is being called “Honey” by her grandchildren, Rose Jubilee and Smith Moses!   The Birth of a Ministry He Knows Your Name was birthed in October of 2009 when the body of a newborn baby, dressed only in a diaper, was discovered in downtown Indianapolis. Three thoughts rang through my head: A dumpster is NOT a grave! A diaper is NOT a burial gown! And Doe is NOT a name! Sadly it is a fact that, even with the Safe Haven law, babies are still abandoned, buried in nameless graves, with no headstone to mark either their deaths or – more importantly – their lives. He Knows Your Name Ministry strives to ensure that every child receives a name in life and dignity and honor in death. Linda would like to acknowledge and thank her many partners, whom work together with He Knows Your Name: Thomas Monument, Little Angel Gowns, Indiana Funeral Care and Washington Park East.   Web Site: https://heknowsyourname.org/ ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video:  https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4

Sep 1

40 min 48 sec

For The Fatherless Podcast – Episode 434   My guests this week on Voices In My Head are Brian and Christa Yak, also known as the musical duo, For The Fatherless. Offering hope for those without an earthly father is a foundational platform of Brian and Christa’ ministry. Having experienced fatherlessness firsthand—Brian was abandoned as an infant by his biological father, while Christa lost her dad to cancer during her childhood—today they proclaim the wholeness and healing found in our ultimate Father, God. Bringing their journey full circle, the couple became parents to a son, Jonathan, last year.  This past July, For The Fatherless released Poetry, an autobiographical four-song set hallmarked by vulnerability and hope. Co-penned together by the Brian and Christa Yak and brimming with vibrant pop production from Bryan Fowler (TobyMac, Gabby Barrett) and Austin Cannon, the EP celebrates God’s faithfulness in every season.     Brian and Christa have stopped by the podcast for a visit today. Turning Point Media Relations: http://www.turningpointpr.com/news/for-the-fatherless-return-with-autobiographical-poetry/ Follow For The Fatherless on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.   ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video:  https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4

Aug 25

44 min 8 sec

Jenny & Tyler - Part of Me Jenny & Tyler have toured with such artists as Sara Groves and Brandon Heath; have been spotlighted on Andrew Peterson’s popular “Behold The Lamb Of God” Christmas Tour; and their songs “As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating” and “This Is Just So Beautiful” were featured on the hit television series “Pretty Little Liars.” The couple has released multiple critically-lauded studio recordings, including 2010’s groundbreaking Faint Not; Open Your Doors (2012); Of This I’m Sure (2015); and There Will Be A Song (2018), along with four EPs and a Christmas album. Their latest single and music video, “Part of Me,” written by Jenny, inspired by watching their two oldest daughters, Jane and Sara, process the events and challenges of the past year of the pandemic. Jenny and Tyler have stopped by the Podcast for a visit today to tell us more and I’m so grateful they have. Jenny and Tyler, welcome to Voices In My Head.   Read More on Turning Point Media's Web Site: http://www.turningpointpr.com/news/jenny-tyler-pay-homage-to-family-with-endearing-part-of-me/   Part of Me Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/UqTn98amHHI ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4  

Aug 18

38 min 12 sec

Nikki Lerner: Culture Coach, Speaker, Singer, Teacher, Author, Human Too   http://www.nikkilerner.com/  Nikki Lerner is a talented singer and songwriter. She’s a truly gifted worship leader. She an author who has a transformative way with words, she’s a culture coach who is a pioneer in the field of Multicultural worship leading. She’s also been a friend and mentor to me and I’m so glad to have a chance to speak with her today about some of her new music, her podcasts, and her many other creative endeavors. Strength: YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/qrTRBHL2DX0   ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James  Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4  

Jul 28

45 min 32 sec

Old Bear Records Recording Artist Weston Skaggs With lyrics like "Woe to you rich man.." and "be sure your sin will find you out," Weston Skaggs wastes no time in diving deep into themes that are taken directly from the Bible on his new single, "Rich Man" set to release through Old Bear Records on July 16th.  Much like Keith Green, or Larry Norman before him, Weston Skaggs's style of a mix of baritone and falsetto voice undergirded and wrapped with music and arrangements that could have been written and arranged by Brian Wilson or the Flaming Lips attracts a listening ear to the interesting instrumentation at play that softens the very direct and powerful truths conveyed in his lyrics.   By the time you realize you are being challenged with a song that could double as a sermon, its too late.  You're already invested by the sweeping sounds, and pleasant melodies coming through your speakers or air pods.  In a way, "Rich Man" is an audio trojan horse of sorts and we're here for it. This is a song that is clear in its presentation of the Gospel and its primary transgressor in need of grace (you'll find as you reach the end of the song) is the performer himself. Weston Skaggs joins me today for a conversation about his latest single, RICH MAN. Get the Single Here: https://sc.lnk.to/WSrm-s?fbclid=IwAR3FN5y8pJ4PK_wheqqKhq_hUl6MtMaQczDVfW6zBlFeAlg8tvcmDja05Mc   ----more---- Shine A Light In The Darkness - The NEW Single From Rick Lee James - Releases Friday July 23rd Get The Single: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/shine-a-light-in-the-darkness Official Music Video: https://youtu.be/d1l7jWRcbP4  

Jul 21

38 min 40 sec

The Constitution of Knowledge by Jonathan Rauch The Constitution of Knowledge has been called “a book that anyone who cares about truth and democracy needs to read” (Anne Applebaum), “a magnificent integration of psychology, epistemology, and history” (Jonathan Haidt), and “an illuminating exploration of the flight from fact” (Jon Meacham).  The book’s author Jonathan Rauch is an IHS distinguished fellow and a Brookings Institution senior fellow in governance studies. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. You can Follow Jonathan Rauch on Twitter at @jon_rauch. Links: Web Site: https://jonathanrauch.typepad.com/ Purchase The Book On Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gVrnIY ----more---- Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) ----more---- New Music Singles Releasing From Rick Lee James   Release Date - June 25th You Are My Salvation Spotify Pre-Save · https://show.co/Q5n8NKF         Release Date – July 23rd Shine A Light In The Darkness Spotify Pre-Save · https://show.co/2k5bGNV   ----more---- Contact & Booking Inquiries for Rick Lee James and the Podcast Can Email Rick@RickLeeJames.com   www.RickLeeJames.com      

Jun 23

32 min 39 sec

Hello Friends, The Podcast is taking a brief hiatus due to a death in the family. I explain more in this short episode today. I’m grateful to all of you who listen week after week, both nationally and internationally.   In the meantime, one of the best ways to support me and my family in the hiatus is by listening to my music, sharing it with friends and pre-saving my upcoming singles on Spotify. I would really appreciate it if you would pre-save my upcoming music on Spotify. The release dates are below as well as links where the songs can be pre-saved. Thank you again for listening to Voices In My Head, and I look forward to being back with you soon. Blessings, Rick Lee James http://www.RickLeeJames.com     Release Date - June 25th You Are My Salvation Spotify Pre-Save · https://show.co/Q5n8NKF         Release Date – July 23rd Shine A Light In The Darkness Spotify Pre-Save · https://show.co/2k5bGNV    

Jun 16

6 min 6 sec

Sherry Cothran Rev. Sherry Cothran, M.Div., has served as senior pastor in United Methodist congregations in Nashville and Chattanooga, TN, for a decade. Formerly a recording artist on Mercury Records, she is an award-winning singer/songwriter and author of two books. Sherry has released four solo CD’s, her music has been featured in t.v. and film. She’s shared stages with hit rock acts such as Goo Goo Dolls, Bare Naked Ladies, Spin Doctors and K’s Choice and toured around the world as the lead singer of a popular rock band, The Evinrudes, before entering seminary and becoming an ordained, United Methodist minister. As a pastor of a multi-cultural, urban church, Sherry began to share stories on her blog, “Peddling Hope in Dystopia” of everyday sacred encounters with those who were labeled “refugee,” “immigrant” and “homeless.” She later shared them in a book that became beloved by readers, Tending Angels: Stories From the Frontlines of Heaven and Earth. Her writing was featured in publications such as Abingdon Women, Interpreter Magazine and Ministry Matters. She was also a regular contributor to the homiletics journal, Good Preacher. She was the artist in residence in 2015 at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and received two grants to develop her creative writing from the Louisville Institute for Pastoral Study. Her story has been featured in various publications including USA Today. Recently, she became the founder and president of the nonprofit, Beloved Woman, a ministry that helps women who are financially disadvantaged to become self-employed or find a pathway to a living wage. She tours regularly, performing, speaking and leading workshops.  In her new book, Wild and Holy Prophets, Warriors, Harlots & Healers: Women of the Bible, Sherry takes us out into the Bible’s uncharted regions, beyond those selected scriptures that have often been used to tame the feminine spirit, to meet the wild and holy women of the Bible. Blending the brightest in biblical scholarship with her vast experiences, Rev. Sherry Cothran leads us into healing encounters with the Bible’s lost stories of women who were warriors, prophets, harlots, and healers. The book and 10 original songs call us to live free, faithful, and fearless lives. In the pages and songs of Wild and Holy you’ll find new narratives from old stories and awaken to the image of a loving God within.   Links: Wild and Holy Prophets, Warriors, Harlots & Healers: Women of the Bible Book Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and other major online bookstores.  Book Website: www.wildandholy.org    Sherry Cothran’s Music Music available on all streaming platforms, iTunes, iheartradio, Pandora, Napster,Spotify or listen free at www.sherrycothran.com Web Site: http://thescifichristian.com/   ----more---- Rick Lee James Upcoming Release You Are My Salvation - New Music Release Jun 25th, 2021 Pre-Save on Spotify: https://show.co/Q5n8NKF   Music Video Premiere June 24th (Set A Reminder Here): https://youtu.be/7vtOfSJsZfQ       Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Jun 9

54 min 14 sec

Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono join Rick Lee James for A 10th Anniversary Celebration of the SCi-Fi Christian Podcast I am so glad to welcome my friends Matt Anderson and Ben De Bono back on the show to celebrate 10 years of their amazing podcast community, The Sci-Fi Christian, which has been a huge help and inspiration to me over the years. --Rick Lee James  The Sci-Fi Christian, in all its iterations, is about the collision between faith and nerdom. We believe that good genre fiction is about more than just entertainment. We seek to engage with the themes and philosophies behind our favorite stories, wrestling with the big ideas within speculative fiction. We’re unabashedly nerdy and unabashedly Christian. Even if your faith background differs from ours, we look forward to interacting with you at The Sci-Fi Christian! Links: Web Site: http://thescifichristian.com/   ----more---- Rick Lee James Upcoming Release You Are My Salvation - New Music Release Jun 25th, 2021 Pre-Save on Spotify: https://show.co/Q5n8NKF   Music Video Premiere June 24th (Set A Reminder Here): https://youtu.be/7vtOfSJsZfQ       Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Jun 2

51 min 14 sec

Dr. Claire Annelise Smith Author - Help! I Want Out: What To Do When You Are Stressed Out From Keeping It All Together   Our topic this week on Voices in My Head is STRESS! Dr. Claire Annelise Smith is a recovering stressaholic. She knows what it is to push herself to the limit and then crash – repeatedly. Now, as an author, speaker, spiritual mentor and coach she works with busy professional leaders who have forgotten how to hit the pause button. Whether you are at the stage where you are ready to tear your hair out, feeling stuck, or on the verge of overdoing it, Dr. Claire would love to talk with you and explore options for freeing yourself from a stressed-out lifestyle.  Dr. Claire's new book is called Help! I Want Out: What to do when you are stressed out from keeping it all together. She's stopped by for a visit on the podcast today.   Links: Web Site: https://claireannsmith.com/ More From Dr. Claire: https://livingstressedout.com/shop/ The direct link for the book: https://livingstressedout.com/get-help/ Free Handout, "The Top Five Steps for You to Conquer Overwhelm and Stress": https://livingstressedout.com/five-steps/ Upcoming Release Rick Lee James You Are My Salvation - New Music Release Jun 25th, 2021   More Info Here   Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

May 26

57 min 51 sec

Jack Huber - Becoming Catholic Our topic this week on Voices in My Head is becoming Catholic. My guest this week is my new friend, Jack Huber. Jack lives in Seattle, Washington. He’s a father and a husband. By trade he’s a social scientist who has worked in the public education and now healthcare industries helping people use data to make better decisions. Jack loves movies, cooking, wine, whiskey and is an avid road cyclist. He also loves reading and listening to podcasts (especially You Have Permission with host Dan Koch, the podcast where I first discovered him.) Jack has had a lifelong Christian journey and is a convert to the Catholic faith and is actively involved at his local Parish. He’s always eager to share his faith and learn from others and he’s here today to share some of his story with us.   Upcoming Release Rick Lee James You Are My Salvation - New Music Release Jun 25th, 2021   More Info Here   Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

May 19

1 hr 28 min

Michael T. Jahosky - The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle Earth   Although many people today reject Christianity for intellectual reasons, greater numbers of people are rejecting Christianity because it does not engage their imagination. Christians must not only demonstrate that the Christian worldview is true, but that it is also good, beautiful, and relevant. The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle-earth is a book that endeavors to show the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus Christ, the gospel, and the biblical metanarrative by engaging the imagination through J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, as well as The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. In this book, Michael T. Jahosky proposes that J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a story about what Jesus' parables are about: the good news about the return of the king. As a work of imaginative fiction similar to Jesus' parables, The Lord of the Rings can bypass both intellectual and imaginative objections to the gospel and pull back the "veil of familiarity" that obscures the gospel for many. Michael T. Jahosky is the author of The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle-Earth and he has stopped by the podcast for a visit on this episode. Links Discussed In This Show: https://lastdunadancom.wordpress.com/   WIPF and Stock Publishers   Michael T. Jahosky on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelJahosky   Michael T. Jahosky on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.jahosky.5   Mythic Mission Podcast   Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

May 12

53 min 26 sec

Shawn Congleton - Never Settled: a memoir of a boy on the road to manhood Shawn D. Congleton has lived a life on the move; moving nearly 80 times before he graduated and living in almost 20 states. Since that time, he has spent most of it in Ohio with his wife, Heidi and three girls, Morgan, Jordan, and Brooklyn. He has been an admin clerk for the United States Marine Corps, secretary for Wright State University, youth and young adult pastor at High Street Church of the Nazarene, church planter with Life House Community, secretary with Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, school counselor for Dunbar High School and Springfield High School, and co-principal with his wife, Heidi at the Eagle & Dove Academy.  Shawn’s new book, Never Settled: A Memoir of a Boy on the Road to Manhood, is An emotional and brutally honest story that focuses in a large part on Shawn’s relationship with his father. Shawn shares about his fears, his sense of despair and the losses that impacted his formative years as he endured abuse both physical and mental. I’ve known Shawn for almost 20 years and I didn’t even know the half of his remarkable story.     Links Discussed In This Show: https://shawndcongleton.com/    Buy The Book "Never Settled" on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3t6SdCf   Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

May 5

59 min 59 sec

Christy Staats - Midwest Mobilizer for the National Immigration Forum Since April 2020, the number of people apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) near the Southwest border has been rising steadily. In early 2021, these increases have become a touchpoint in the public debate, with growing concerns voiced about the public health and humanitarian ramifications of increasing migrant arrivals. Should we treat the situation at our border as something to stoke our fears, or as Christians should we treat it as a humanitarian crisis, an opportunity to care for least of these, as Jesus has called us to do?   My guest today is Christy Staats. Christy has worked with Cru for 15 years, 11 of which were in the UK and is now affiliate staff. She created Crossings in 2015 for her church in Northeast Ohio to encourage Americans to welcome and come alongside newly arrived refugees in partnership with resettlement and community development organizations and led a similar work with Cru nationally. She was invited to join the Bibles, Badges and Business work of the National Immigration Forum in 2018 and has been organizing and speaking with faith, law enforcement and business leaders about the need for immigration reform since. She is nearly finished with her Masters in Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She’s here with me today to help us better understand some of the ministry opportunities awaiting us at the Southwest border and some of the challenges that are presented there. Links Discussed In This Show: Restitution    Sign Up for Interview with George W. Bush about his new book and immigration    Advocacy to support Dreamers, TPS, and Farmworkers    Advocacy to Increase the Refugee Ceiling      Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Apr 28

1 hr 8 min

Parafonic Recordings - Brandon Shattuck https://www.instagram.com/parafonicrecordings/   Brandon Shattuck is a recording/mixing engineer living in Orlando, FL with his wife Elissa and their two kids. Brandon graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009 with a degree in music business. From 2009 - 2013 Brandon worked as a freelance recording engineer in Nashville, TN, working in many different recording studios across many different genres. In 2013, he and his wife moved to Orlando where in 2014 Brandon opened his own recording studio, Parafonic Recording Studio. There he worked on projects with a vast array of independent bands and artists until closing the studio in 2019. After pursuing alternate career options, Brandon has resumed working on music projects from his home studio since the end of 2020. Brandon is here with us today to talk with us about recording techniques and to answer some questions for artists about going into the recording studio. Music heard on today’s podcast can all be found on Parafonic Recordings Spotify Playlist:   Holy Vanguard by Cool Hand Luke Bella by Native Culture Thread by Wind Words   Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Apr 21

1 hr

The Erwins There is something captivating about the blending and swelling of sibling harmony. When that is combined with pure talent and a servant’s heart for people, you have the incomparable ministry of THE ERWINS. The Erwins started singing as soon as they were each able to talk. Appearing over 270 dates a year with their mother and father, who have been in full-time evangelism for 44 years, they have been traveling full-time their entire life singing in concerts, revivals, and conferences all across the country. With their highly anticipated eighth career recording, This Is Love, now available, GRAMMY®-nominated, Dove Award-winning StowTown recording artist The Erwins are also celebrating the launch of the album’s debut single, “The God I Know.” Impacting radio right now, the inspirational ballad heralds the One who still moves mountains and calms the raging sea, carrying the project’s central message of Christ’s unwavering sustainment.    Two of the four Erwin siblings, Keith and Katie, have stopped by the podcast for a visit on this episode of Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast). Follow The Erwins  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheErwinFamily Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_erwins/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/erwinministries YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEiQpk8mzT_ctJx-UUY83Ow Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Apr 14

38 min 21 sec

Dr. Brannon Hancock Brannon Hancock, aside from being one of my oldest friends, was one of the first guests that we I had on Voices In My Head way back on Episode 9. By some weird accident I lost the audio file of that episode in our show archives and it wasn't available anywhere online for years.   Well, I am happy to say that after a lot of searching I was finally able to recover this long sought and requested episode and I am so pleased to rerelease it this week. It's a lot of fun to hear what my show was like in the the early days when I was recording it in my basement studio, bringing friends over and making music in my basement. I hope you enjoy listening to this classic episode of Voices In My Head.  About Brannon: https://seminary.indwes.edu/academics/faculty/brannon-hancock Brannon's Book: The Scandal of Sacramentality   Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Apr 7

1 hr 10 min

Episode 415: Holy Week Special - Selected Reading from Thank God It's Friday by William Willimon  It's Holy Week 2021 and I can think of no better way to spend it than by reflecting on the words of Jesus from the cross. Dr. William Willimon has been a friend of this show over the years and I thought it would be fitting to read a selection from his book, Thank God It's Friday: Encountering The Seven Last Words from the Cross on the show this week.   I also would encourage listeners to click the link below, get a copy of the book, and read through it yourself during this holy week. It truly is an insightful companion on the journey of Holy Week or really any time of the year.  Buy The Book: Thank God It's Friday: Encountering The Seven Last Words From The Cross by William Willimon Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE.   Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special   Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/ In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Mar 31

38 min 21 sec

My guest today on Voices In My Head is Erskin Anavitarte. Erskin is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who has garnered loyal fans around the world with his unique blend of pop, jazz, R&B and hip-hop styles. Following his 2014 EP, Let’s Ride, Erskin released Look Up in 2015, which featured the watershed single “Black & White,” a thought-provoking, action-inspiring narrative on race and religion in America. Love Moves, Erskin’s sixth recording, bowed in 2019.  Recently, Erskin has partnered with Nik Ripken Ministries (NRM) for the release of his latest music video, “Is He Worth It?” Spotlighting the plight of Believers in persecution, the video was directed by Jonathan Barker and produced by Luke Harvey and features scenes from the 2016 NRM and LifeWay Films documentary The Insanity of God. Based on the bestselling title of the same name by Nik Ripken—a veteran missionary and leading expert on Believers in persecution—the film powerfully depicts accounts of Christians around the world serving a living Christ, even when it costs them everything. Co-penning the track with Nik Ripken, Laura Allen and Matt Papa, Erskin hopes both the song and music video will challenge Christians who have not faced persecution to share the Gospel boldly, standing in solidarity with those suffering because of their faith.    For further information, visit erskinmusic.com. Follow Erskin on Facebook, Twitter,  YouTube.  Thank you for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po   About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Mar 24

36 min 9 sec

This week is all about the real life Saint Patrick, who quite possibly saved Western civilization.  Books Used On This Week's Podcast: Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms by Rick Lee James How The Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill Music used this week: Christ Is Lord (Christ Before Me) by Rick Lee James  From the album Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations   Thanks for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Mar 17

30 min 12 sec

What is the true source of wisdom? Today’s world has more and more information readily available, but less and less wisdom. Many people seek to acquire wisdom from easily accessible sources such as social media and popular culture but are often misled. How should Christians acquire wisdom in today’s media-saturated culture? Inspired by the concept of the food pyramid, Brett McCracken presents a biblical paradigm for wisdom in today’s distracted age, illustrating his argument through a “wisdom pyramid.” McCracken suggests a balanced, healthy diet of information from sources ranked in order of importance—the Bible, the church, nature, books, beauty, and lastly, the Internet and social media. By focusing on lasting and reliable sources of wisdom and by being more discerning about the information they consume, Christians will become wiser—not for their own glorification, but ultimately for God’s. Buy The Book: https://amzn.to/3v8qcwc Brett McCracken's Web Site: https://www.brettmccracken.com   About Brett McCracken: Brett McCracken is a senior editor and director of communications for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World (Crossway, 2021), Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community (Crossway, 2017), Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide (Baker, 2010), and Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (Baker, 2013). He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, Christianity Today, and many other publications. A graduate of Wheaton College and UCLA (M.A. in Cinema & Media Studies), Brett lives in Santa Ana, California with his wife Kira and two sons, Chet and Ira. He is an elder at Southlands Church Santa Ana. Brett loves movies, particularly those by Terrence Malick (or those with a Malickean sensibility). Other things Brett enjoys: Marilynne Robinson, the Inklings, Friday Night Lights, autumn, all things Kansas City (where he grew up), reading and writing in coffeeshops, history, art museums, food, hiking, traveling, planning trip itineraries, curating music playlists, and making things better by editing. Subscribe to Brett’s blog here. Or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   Thanks for listening to Voices In My Head! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  www.RickLeeJames.com By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Mar 10

47 min 41 sec

Business Leader, Athlete, & Best Selling Author Jack O’Donnell Jack O’ Donnell is a successful businessman, a best-selling author, and an athlete. He has been the CEO, President or Chief operating officer for some of America’s most recognizable entrepreneurs, including Steve Wynn, Steve Case, Merv Griffin and Donald Trump. (Yes, the former President, Donald Trump).  To say that he has worked with some of the best and some of the worst leaders would be an understatement. Jack has been featured in America’s most prominent media outlets. From CNN and MSNBC, regularly featured on Out Front with Erin Burnett, The Beat with Ari Melber, Anderson Cooper and others. He has been widely quoted by leading columnists from the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Politico. He has written numerous Op-Eds, being published in Politico and local newspapers across the country. He has also been prominently featured in documentaries on CNN, Netflix and PBS. Jack O’Donnell’s Web Site: http://www.jackodonnellspeaking.com/ Jack O’ Donnell on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackODspeaks Jack O’Donnell’s Book: Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump—His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall   Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Mar 3

1 hr 3 min

With the battle against a worldwide pandemic, divisions over race and equality, and a country that teeters on the political edge, the current culture can feel overwhelming. How do we let go of fear, rediscover hope, and find the courage to believe in better things? Throughout her life as an intrepid world traveler, Kristina Hurrell has been exploring the globe on a quest to discover extraordinary scenic destinations and ancient cultures that offer both adventure and renewal. In her new memoir, CAPTIVATED: An Adventure in Faith, former high fashion model, and actress Kristina Hurrell, takes readers on her harrowing journey through the harsh and isolated wilderness of the Sahara Desert. A story of adventure and resilience, faith, and miracles, and ultimately of revelation and transformation, CAPTIVATED encourages readers to release their fear and live with strength, courage, and confidence.     More about Kristina Kristina Hurrell is the founder and CEO of SpaFari, an eco-adventure vacation company. SpaFari has been featured in numerous magazines, health and travel shows, such as InStyle, People, Cooking Light, Heart and Soul, SELF, Flying Adventures, Conde’ Nast Traveler, Allure, The Hollywood Reporter, Cosmopolitan, TODAY, A&E, and ESPN. She has inspired college students, celebrities, corporate executives, groups, and individuals to say ‘yes’ to their precious life by climbing to greater heights in all areas of wholeness: faith and fitness, health, wellness, and empowered living. For more about Kristina visit www.kristinahurrell.com. Media Contact: Christianne Debysingh : 541.556.3588 christianne@elevaremediagroup.com   Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Feb 24

42 min 54 sec

Fighting Human Trafficking with Remedy Drive's David Zach - Episode 409 Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) For nearly a decade, David Zach has worked undercover alongside operatives from The Exodus Road to identify perpetrators and fight slavery in Southeast Asia and Latin America. His 13 deployments with the international anti-trafficking organization have inspired the music and mission of Remedy Drive and have given Zach a platform to speak at colleges and festivals across the country. He has been a guest speaker at the University of Minnesota; University of Wisconsin – Green Bay; Drake University; Vanderbilt University; and the University of Arkansas, among other institutions. To date, Remedy Drive’s fanbase has contributed more than $350,000 towards rescue efforts, technology, vehicles and expenses for frontline operatives.   Remedy Drive has garnered 12 Top 20 singles and released 12 critically acclaimed recordings since their inception in 1998. The band’s music has been heard on NBC, SpeedTV and VH1, as well as Middle Tennessee Hyundai Dealers’ Music That Drives promotion. Remedy Drive’s latest album, Imago Amor, the band’s 13th full-length recording released January 29th.  For further information, visit remedydrive.com, theexodusroad.com, or turningpointpr.com. Follow the band on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. https://mailchi.mp/turningpointpr/remedy-drive-unveils-imago-amor-january-29?e=zcn2Sv7bXM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuXps8GFVnA https://remedydrive.com/davidzach ----more----   Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. Music From RICK LEE JAMES https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Spotify: Link to Rick Lee James Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Feb 17

33 min 46 sec

Chuck Masek At War With The Big Dogs- Episode 408 - Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Chuck Masek is a perennial entrepreneur who has grown and sold several businesses. Chuck has extensive experience in the health care industry and holds a Master of Science in clinical microbiology. He is the founder and former President / CEO of Vanguard Medical Concepts, Inc. At Vanguard, he innovated and developed the reprocessing of medical devices labeled single use industry.   He has spent his career striving to make positive and meaningful changes in healthcare.   Chuck’s new book, At War With The Big Dogs, is true story reminiscent of David versus Goliath story. In the book Chuck tells of how he and small group of hardworking, focused, and determined entrepreneurs forever changed the medical device industry. In the face of betrayal and overwhelming odds, this band of brothers fought with courage, commitment, and enduring faith and came together to disrupt the cash flow and business models of multibillion-dollar corporations, which they affectionately called the “Big Dogs.” Buy The Book     ----more----   Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify:   LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video):   Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Feb 10

20 min 30 sec

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson - Episode 407 - Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast)   I recently finished reading this extraordinary book by Isabel Wilkerson and I really hope that as many people will read it as possible. So, even though I would love to have Miss Wilkerson on my show, I haven't been able to work that out yet, so I though the next best thing might be to my listeners a taste of her writing and some links where you can get a copy of her book. Please listen and please get a copy for yourself. It' such an important book and you will hear why on today's episode. --Rick Lee James   BUY THE BOOK NAMED THE #1 NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR BY TIME MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People • The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • NPR • Bloomberg • Christian Science Monitor • New York Post • The New York Public Library • Fortune • Smithsonian Magazine • Marie Claire • Town & Country • Slate • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews • LibraryReads • PopMatters LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD AND THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION “As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”   In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.   Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. BUY THE BOOK https://www.isabelwilkerson.com/ Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify:   LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video):   Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Feb 3

16 min 23 sec

Spotlight on Matt K. Lewis - Voices In My Head (The Rick Lee James Podcast) Episode 406 Called a “first-rate talent” in The Washington Post and “super-smart” by John Heilemann, Matt K. Lewis is a center-right critic of American politics and pop culture. As a journalist, Lewis has earned a reputation as an “independently minded” (Columbia Journalism Review) and “intellectually honest” commentator (Ben Adler, Newsweek). He is a senior columnist for The Daily Beast, and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Washington Post, The Week, Roll Call, Politico, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian. He previously served as senior contributor for The Daily Caller, and before that, as a columnist for AOL’s Politics Daily. Lewis dissects the day’s issues in conversation with other thinkers, authors, and newsmakers on his podcast Matt Lewis and the News, and co-hosts The DMZ Show with liberal pundit Bill Scher. He is a political commentator for CNN, has appeared on C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC’s “Nightline,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” and has contributed to radio outlets including NPR and the BBC. Kirsten Powers described Lewis’s 2016 book, Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Went From the Party of Reagan to the Party of Trump, as “a lively and fascinating read for any person confounded by the state of today’s Republican Party.” In 2011, Lewis released The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, an edited compilation of the Alaska governor’s much-discussed public utterances.   Matt's Web Site: https://www.mattklewis.com/     Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a subscriber on Substack: Subscribe now Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify:   LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video):   Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp:  Rick on Bandcamp or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”:HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special:https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Jan 27

1 hr 2 min

Episode 405 - Postcards From Babylon with Brian Zahnd, David & Kathi Peters Postcards From Babylon is a long-form documentary featuring author and pastor, Brian Zahnd, as he investigates possibly the most important question for the church in North America today:   How does the church stay faithful to the beautiful way of Jesus while situated in one of the most divisive political climates in our nation's history? ​ The film explores how Christians seeking proximity to power has led to a hyperpartisan Nationalistic posture that is demonstrably hindering the witness of Christ. ​ As exiled citizens of a superpower nation, Christians' deepest allegiance must be to the peaceful Kingdom of God, and from that posture they must always speak truth to power...no matter the cost.   Our Guests This Week   DAVID PETERS CO-DIRECTOR David, a career filmmaker, earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Cinema Communications.  He has created award-winning films that tell stories of people from all over the world with an authentic and journalistic approach.  His work has appeared on Netflix, PBS, Amazon and international television.   KATHI PETERS CO-DIRECTOR Kathi holds a degree in Speech Communication. As co-producer at Global Story Films, she edits and creates scripts, narrates, and facilitates interviews. Kathi’s work has been recognized by several international film festivals.  She is a utility player in both the production and post-production phases of her work.   BRIAN ZAHND CONSULTING PRODUCER Pastor, Author, Storyteller:  Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981.   Film Web Site: https://www.postcardsdoc.com/ Purchase Event Tickets: https://live.postcardsdoc.com/ ----more--------more----   Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James ----more---- Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber at Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/   Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0xVkwOKYR7qrxxo4sFuAeY?si=YjiV0VC_TVy-dFieZ6Wxjg LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com    

Jan 20

33 min 51 sec

Episode 404 - Sow and Tether - This Is The Day!  Band Website ( http://sowandtether.com ).   Band Bio Sow and Tether exists to enrich and excite souls with the grace and truth of Christ through song.  We are part of the worship teams at Redeemer Baptist Church and Getwell Road Church in the Northwest Mississippi / Memphis, Tennessee area, and we lead and write songs that speak the truth of the gospel of Jesus to encourage and edify the Church.  We lead worship for conferences, camps, D-Nows, retreats, and various other events as our schedules allow.   Born out of Redeemer Baptist Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi, our desire for those we have the opportunity to minister to is the same as our desire for our own congregations:  to sing songs with deep gospel roots that help people to see the glory of the risen Christ.  Every opportunity to lead others is met with this calling, and we would love to partner with your church or organization in ministry.    Hunter Bobo is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of Sow and Tether.  He serves as Worship Pastor at Redeemer Baptist Church in Olive Branch, MS.   Stephen McNeill is the bassist for Sow and Tether.  He is a singer-songwriter and music teacher.    You can hear more of Sow and Tether’s music here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2UhS2UHJ67tRfYoLr29GY9?si=GEivcku3SCC78av4eVTBLw      Thanks for listening! Blessings, Rick Lee James ----more---- Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber at Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/   Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0xVkwOKYR7qrxxo4sFuAeY?si=YjiV0VC_TVy-dFieZ6Wxjg LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Jan 13

49 min 15 sec

Episode 402 - Last Show of 2020 (LIVE) - Fred Rogers Quotes and More! Audio is poor at the start but gets better after intro. In this short episode I share a little bit of news, some 2020 reflections, and a lot of Fred Rogers quotes. Wishing you a very meaningful 2021. Blessings, Rick Lee James ----more---- Want some exclusives like early music videos, singles, and private podcast episodes? Become a paid subscriber at Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/   Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0xVkwOKYR7qrxxo4sFuAeY?si=YjiV0VC_TVy-dFieZ6Wxjg LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Dec 2020

15 min 28 sec

Episode 401 - with John DeMuth  Rev. John F. DeMuth is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.   John and I go WAY BACK to teen church camp days where John was a teenager and I was a  youth pastor.   He lived and worked in Inner-City Ministry for almost a decade. There he served on staff at Shepherd Community Center, working to break the cycle of poverty in the lives of individuals and families on the near-east side of Indianapolis. As of August of this year, he and his family are now starting a new work in Waco, Texas.   John is also a regular Voice in the Wilderness contributor on the Pulpit Fiction Podcast. A lectionary podcast for Preachers, Seekers, and Bible Geeks.   Email John F. DeMuth at John.demuth@gardennaz.com   Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0xVkwOKYR7qrxxo4sFuAeY?si=YjiV0VC_TVy-dFieZ6Wxjg LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Dec 2020

48 min 24 sec

400th MEGA-Episode with Phil Keaggy  Welcome back to Voices In My Head. Today is our 400th episode celebration and because this is a special episode, I wanted to invite a guest on the show who means a lot to me personally. Phil Keaggy is not only one of the most admired guitarists in music today, he is also a person of humility, generosity, and integrity who has used his art to share the love of God around the world. Phil is such a talented guitarist, that most of us who play guitar would be happy if we were able to play his mistakes as well as he does. From beginning guitarists, to music industry professionals, nearly everyone who has held a guitar pick owes a debt of gratitude to Phil Keaggy for giving us something to aspire to with our playing and in our walk with God. It’s my pleasure to welcome Phil back to our show today so we can discuss some of his favorite musical moments in a career that has spanned over 55 years.   Phil Keaggy's Web Page: http://www.philkeaggy.com/ Phil Keaggy On Bandcamp (Keaggy's Garage): https://philkeaggy.bandcamp.com/ Phil Keaggy on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1bAzlT6fMBcvCfwgh4S3Xl?si=GkcilZqcQfahpagp8v3aSA Phil Keaggy on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/phil-keaggy/655488   Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Dec 2020

1 hr 29 min

Craig Harmann & Church Music Makers - Episode 399  About Church Music Makers We are all church music makers. We may be in big congregations, small congregations, congregations with minimal resources, congregations with many resources. We may be organists, choir directors, guitar players, drummers, singers, whatever the case is, this blog is for all of us! Church Music Makers is written by Craig Harmann, a pastor’s kid, who started playing the piano at 5, playing preservice Christmas Eve piano pieces in 2nd grade, playing the trumpet in 5th grade (and playing for worship not too far after…badly), playing the organ in 7th grade (and playing for Good Friday worship in 8th grade). Craig has served full time as a high school choir director, religion teacher and wind ensemble director, director of music, youth and family ministries, classroom elementary general music teacher, director of music, private lesson instructor and roving substitute musician, as well as currently serving part-time at St. Timothy Lutheran Church and teaching middle school and high school choir at Northland Christian School in Houston, Texas. Craig has had a wide variety of good and bad experiences in his 17 years of full time ministry and in each experience, has learned something from it and grown as a musician and a person. Craig has been married to Heather for 16 years, is dad to Ella and Emily and loves sports. He is available to share insight and ideas on an individual or group setting. For more information, please email harmannymusic@yahoo.com. More information that to come down the road. Web Site: https://churchmusicmakers.com/ Craig's Book: Songs for the Seasons: 25 devotions based on favorite Christmas Carols     Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Dec 2020

55 min 40 sec

Hymn For The 81% with guest Daniel Deitrich - Episode 398  On January 21st, 2020, Religion News Service posted an article written by Shane Claiborne that said, “A lot of contemporary worship music doesn’t offer the best theology, but 'Hymn for the 81%,' by a South Bend, Indiana, worship leader, has gone viral with a cocktail of prophetic fire and Christ-like grace.” Daniel Deitrich, who wrote and performed Hymn For The 81% is a singer/songwriter based in South Bend, Indiana. His honest, heartbreaking, yet hopeful writing finds a home in massive Americana anthems, catchy Indie rock hooks, as well as intimate acoustic confessionals.   Links For Daniel Deitrich: All Music Links http://smarturl.com/hymnforthe81 https://www.facebook.com/DanielDeitrich/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCaOdkVr0TjC4_0Kdttc3Zw Apple Music https://apple.co/3pMRIwK Spotify https://open.spotify.com/track/6WMXPAtANzHqucyOA2DkuJ https://www.votecommongood.com/ https://www.patreon.com/danieldeitrich       Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Subscribe on Substack: https://rickleejames.substack.com/ Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

William Willimon: The Gospel For The Person Who Has Everything - Episode 397  In his book, the Gospel for the Person who has everything, Bishop William Willimon brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to life for the person who has everything – happy, fulfilled human beings, who don’t feel the same level of need expressed by the downcast, the outcast, the brokenhearted, and the miserable. Willimon says that the church’s message to the wretched and sad must not exclude the strong and the joyous. Paraclete Press has just released a brand new edition of the Gospel For The Person Who Has Everything, and Bishop Willimon stopped by for a visit so we can talk about it.   Buy The Book: https://paracletepress.com/products/the-gospel-for-the-person-who-has-everything   Bishop Willimon's Blog: https://willwillimon.com/blog/   ----more---- Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Nov 2020

52 min 29 sec

The Life She Once Knew with Vanna Nguyen & Anna Donato - Episode 396  Disclaimer: Today’s episode, while ultimately about faith and forgiveness, contains mature themes dealing with sexual assault so please use your discretion.   In 1981, a mother faced death as she lay on the floor of a small boat in the South China Sea fleeing for her life after the Vietnam War. In 2008, her daughter lay awaiting death after being brutally raped and beaten while returning books at the Bloomingdale Regional Library. The brutal attack against Queena left her with a traumatic brain injury and the inability to walk, see, or speak. While Vanna Nguyen poured herself into helping her severely disabled daughter after the attack, she also struggled with reliving her own history, and more so, with how to forgive the young man who hit her daughter so forcefully that he cracked her skull, stole her daughter’s innocence, took away her daughter’s future, and changed both their lives forever. In her new book, The Life She Once Knew, (Published by Ambassador International) Vanna Nguyen speaks candidly about faith, love, and forgiveness through hard times and chronicles the deeply emotional and powerful journeys of these two women as they fight for their lives and their futures decades apart. Links: Buy The Book: https://amzn.to/3nw3qcU Book Web Site: https://thelifesheonceknew.com/ Vanna’s wish is that this book’s proceeds can support ongoing expenses through Hope Heals the Brain, Inc. and Queena’s Medical Trust Fund. If you would like to make a donation to help Queena, please visit www.joinqueena.com/donate   ----more---- Listen to Rick Lee James Music One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Click below to find out all the ways you can listen. https://linktr.ee/rickleejames     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Nov 2020

41 min 38 sec

Guest Joel Vaughn - Episode 395  Since his official debut, Bigger Than Me, in 2008, Joel Vaughn has become one of Christian Hit Radio’s most consistent performers. His hit singles have included 2019’s “I Look To You,” which reached #3 on Billboard’s Christian Hot AC Recurrent chart, as well as “Wide Awake,” “As You Are,” “Pray It Up,” and “More Than Good Enough.” He has garnered more than 10 million streams, and opened shows for Hillsong Young and Free, The Afters, Remedy Drive, and Brandon Heath, among others. In 2018 he appeared and performed in the PureFlix feature film, God’s Not Dead 3 – A Light In Darkness, one of the most successful Christian film franchises of all-time. Well now, Joel is back with Louder Than The Lies a new four-track collection of songs. It features the infectious pop melodies, R&B-tinged vocals, and Hope-filled lyrics the artist has become known for. In addition, the set also includes two bonus videos. He currently serves as Worship Leader at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where he and his family reside. Links: Official Web Site: https://www.joelvaughnmusic.com/ Joel Vaughn - "Already Done" (Official Music Video) : https://youtu.be/z-lyjWAbEn4 Joel Vaughn American Songwriter Interview: https://americansongwriter.com/already-done-joel-vaughn-song-interview/   ----more---- Listen to Rick Lee James Music on Pandora One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Pandora. https://www.pandora.com     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Nov 2020

57 min 26 sec

Guest Caroline Cobb - Episode 394  CAROLINE COBB SHORT BIO: In 2011, singer-songwriter Caroline Cobb gave herself a goal to write a song for every book of the Bible in a year. That year of writing set in motion a passion to tell the stories of scripture through music, with imagination, artistry and faithfulness to the text.    Caroline’s forthcoming album, A Seed, A Sunrise, explores the longing hope of Advent, the joy of Christmas and the anticipation of Christ’s return. Produced by Isaac Wardell (Josh Garells, Sandra McCracken) and featuring gospel trio Resound and a fourteen-piece string orchestra, these songs are rich with biblical truth, artful arrangements, and poetic lyrics to help the Church rehearse and remember God’s Story. The new album builds on Caroline’s previous full-length projects the Blood + the Breath (2013) and a Home & a Hunger (2017). Both traced a biblical theme from creation to Christ’s return, with every song parachuting into a different biblical scene.   Caroline has been featured by The Gospel Coalition, Doxology & Theology, Risen Motherhood and more, with a Home & a Hunger named among the “Best Albums of the 2010s” by The Gospel Coalition. She has been compared to Rich Mullins, Andrew Peterson, Sandra McCracken and Ellie Holcomb. She and her husband live in Dallas, TX with their three children Ellie, Harrison and Libby.    Website   Spotify   Apple Music   Amazon Music   YouTube   Instagram   Facebook   Twitter   # # #       ----more---- Listen to Rick Lee James Music on Pandora One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Pandora. https://www.pandora.com     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Nov 2020

1 hr 6 min

Standing On The Wall: Prayers To Preserve The Integrity of a Nation with Jannah Scott - Episode 393  Standing on the Wall  Prayers to Preserve the Integrity of a Nation  A New Book by Jannah Scott  Standing on the Wall is a heart-felt manifestation of the sincere prayers of intercessors who have committed their lives to pray for the United States of America. The book focuses on prayers that each person can pray as we seek peace, prosperity and preservation for our Nation, its leaders and its people.  Filled with prayers founded in the Word of God and reflecting upon the US Constitution, this book is a way to express to God that we acknowledge His omniscience and omnipresence in our history, our lives and our future. It is the author’s hope that people all over the country use this book to pray for the integrity of this great Nation to be preserved.   “Standing on the Wall challenges us to break down   the walls of division and cry out to God together.”   —Dr. Terry Lee, Founder, White House Prayer Initiative ----more---- About the Author: Jannah Scott  Minister of the Gospel, Strategist, Planner, Advisor, Public Policy Expert — Jannah  Scott has served in many capacities with faith, government, business and the nonprofit  community. Jannah is passionate about praying for the United States of America, its  elected and appointed leaders and the people of this great Nation. God’s assignment on  Jannah’s life has included ministry to and with people at all levels of society from the  homeless to high-ranking State and Federal elected and appointed government officials  - both in the US and abroad. She currently serves as a preacher, a spiritual ambassador,  and a teacher of the Gospel of Jesus. Buy The Book: https://amzn.to/2FOnjf4  Fiesta Publishing: https://fiestapublishing.com/  ----more---- Listen to Rick Lee James Music on Pandora One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid-19 is to stream our music on platforms like Pandora. https://www.pandora.com     Music From RICK LEE JAMES LOVE OUR ENEMIES (Official Music Video): https://youtu.be/xsSB5OLPELE Stream Rick's Music on any music streaming service: https://rickleejames.hearnow.com/thunder Also Find Rick Lee James Music on Bandcamp: www.RickLeeJames.Bandcamp.com or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3abA3po    ----more----   Become A Patron of this Podcast at the Rick Lee James PATREON PAGE: https://www.patreon.com/RickLeeJames   ----more---- As Always...Thank You For Listening To Voices In My Head    About Your Host: Rick Lee James Web Site www.rickleejames.com, Twitter  Facebook. Voices In My Head Podcast www.voicesinmyheadpodcast.com, Mister Rogers Quotes on Twitter at @MisterRogersSay. “Welcome To The Neighborhood: A Mister Rogers Tribute Podcast”: HERE. Rick Lee James Radio Special: https://westarchristianmedia.com/rick-lee-james-30-minute-radio-special  Get Rick Lee James Latest Album: https://fanlink.to/RLJThunder In partnership with CRW Radio Promotions, singer, songwriter and worship leader Rick Lee James debuts a brand new radio special.  The “Thunder Radio Special” can be heard exclusively on James’ official YouTube channel or his website. It was also recently added to Spotify and Apple Music. Radio stations interested in airing the “Thunder Radio Special” can contact Kathryn Ambrose at CRW Radio Promotions at kathryn@westarmediagroup.com. ----more---- For Rick Lee James Booking Inquiries:  By Email: Rick@RickLeeJames.com

Oct 2020

34 min 36 sec