$170,000 has been raised via Kickstarter to finance a brand new tribute album to the late Rich Mullins. Bellsburg ... The Songs of Rich Mullins will feature new recordings of Mullins' songs from Mitch McVicker, Amy Grant, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Ashley Cleveland, Sara Groves, Brothers McClurg, Cindy Morgan, Taylor Leonhardt, and several more.
The entire album was recorded in Mullin's former house located in Bellsburg, Tennessee. "This 120-year-old farmhouse in Bellsburg was the perfect setting to make this album," Andrew Greer, executive producer of the tribute album, said in a statement. "We are celebrating Rich's life and legacy, and this is the space he lived ... and very possibly wrote many songs."
Mullins is best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Sometimes by Step." Some of his albums were listed by CCM Magazine in their ranking of the 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music, including A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band (1993) at No. 3, The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) at No. 7, and Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988) at No. 31.
His songs have been performed by numerous artists, including Caedmon's Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Carolyn Arends, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, Chris Rice, Rebecca St. James, Hillsong United and Third Day. Mullins was killed on Sept. 19, 1997, in a car accident while on his way to a benefit concert.
"When I compare Rich Mullins to great American songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, or Paul Simon, it's possible that this more simple folk, acoustic-style would be the lane that Rich would be in today, musically speaking," Chris Hoisington, producer of the project and co-founder of Old Bear Records, added.
Bellsburg ... The Songs of Rich Mullins is slated for September 2022 release. Visit the website for further information.
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