This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the tragic death of Christian music artist Rich Mullins in a car crash in central Illinois.
Mullins, 41, was killed on September 19, 1997, while on his way to a benefit concert. The shocking news of his death sent shockwaves across the Christian music industry and beyond.
Nearly a quarter of a century after his death, Mullins’ life and music still have an impact.
Friends and fellow artists have come together to create a tribute album titled, Bellsburg…The Songs of Rich Mullins to honor the famous singer and songwriter. They launched a Kickstarter Campaign earlier this year for the project, which ended June 30.
A goal of $60,000 was set for the album, but the campaign nearly tripled that amount, raising $170,582.
The album, which will be distributed by Old Bear Records, features performances from Andrew Peterson, Amy Grant, Ashley Cleveland, Jason Gray, Mitch McVicker and more than a dozen other artists.
The cast of star musicians remembered and recorded music at Mullin’s former home located in Bellsburg, Tennessee.
“This 120-year-old farmhouse in Bellsburg was the perfect setting to make this album,” shared Andrew Greer, executive producer of the tribute album. “We celebrate Rich’s life and legacy, and this is the space he lived in…and quite possibly wrote many songs. Recording with this community, in this special way I think, brings us closer to Rich. barefoot.”
Chris Hoisington, producer of the project and co-founder of Old Bear Records, called Bellsburg “an incredible community effort.”
“When I compare Rich Mullins to great American songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, or Paul Simon, it’s possible that this simpler, acoustic folk style is the path Rich would find himself in today, musically speaking,” Hoisington said.
Mullins wrote many songs, but is perhaps best known for awesome god and Sometimes step by step.
To mark the 20th anniversary of Mullin’s death, Christian artists Mac Powell, Matt Maher and Ellie Holcomb, gathered to record one of his unreleased songs titled The Joy of Jesusa simple blessing bestowing on us the grace, love and joy of Jesus.
Bellsburg… Rich Mullins songs is scheduled for September 16e. To learn more, click here.
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