Rick Elias is a record producer, teacher, musician, singer-songwriter of many genres including contemporary Christian / Gospel music.
As well as releasing three critically acclaimed solo albums, one of which the Los Angeles Times called one of the best albums of 1990, Rick is probably best known as a founding member of A Ragamuffin Band formed by the late Rich Mullins in the early ’90′s. Rick performed with Rich until his untimely death in September 1997. At that time – at the request of Rich’s family, estate, and record label – Rick resumed the production of Rich’s posthumous release The Jesus Record, which went on to win two Dove Awards, and had two #1 songs, “My Deliverer” (sung by Rick) and “Nothing Is Beyond You” (sung by Amy Grant).
The Rags released one more album, Prayers Of A Ragamuffin in 1999, produced by Rick. it included his song “Make Me An Instrument” – a musical rendering of St. Francis’ Prayer and St. Patrick’s Breastplate – which resulted in The Rags being invited to perform before the Pope and 2.4 million people in Rome, Italy for World Youth Day in August, 2000. Rick was also given the production reins for the official album for World Youth Day, One, wherein he produced one of his musical heroes, Aaron Neville, as well as many others who contributed generously to the project.
Also, during this time (’95-’03) Rick co-wrote and produced 5 songs for the Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do!. He also contributed two songs to Bob Carlisle’s multi-platinum, #1 album Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace), and his music is featured in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and a number of independent films, television shows and ads worldwide.
He is currently an adjunct instructor at the Contemporary Music Center in Brentwood, Tennessee. As well as teaching songwriting and production, Rick frequently gives songwriting seminars in person and online. He continues to produce projects, and to perform both solo and with the Rags.
His latest release, jōb, will be available online Nov 12 2013.