!!!NEWS FLASH!!! The single "COME ON DOWN TO THE FARM"
Is #1 in the country gospel charts for November 2005! You can view the charts in the US Gospel News Magazine at
Rick isn't exactly a household name (except around his house) but he's getting better known around some music circles. He started writing country music in the early 80's. At first he couldn't believe all those publishers and artists passing up all those hit songs he was writing. Then Rick was fortunate enough to hook-up with some seasoned writers like John Covert of Jackson, CA, Ann Leisten of Chicago, IL and Jim Cox of Muncie, IN. He credits those three for teaching him how to write a better song, and looking back, is kind of embarrassed about the songs he'd sent out earlier in his career. With a lot of help from his friends he started to get some songs cut and even a couple chart songs in Cashbox and Billboard Magazine.
In the mid 80's life took a different turn, one day there was a knock at the door of Rick's heart, and Jesus Christ came into his life. From that day forward the country music took on a whole new message and a whole new meaning for Rick (and any body that ever knew him).
Rick has had between fifty and sixty Country, Bluegrass and Country Gospel songs recorded by various artists and groups from all over the country and Canada, even a few old 45's.
His song "Smile If You Love Jesus" co-written with his friend John Covert and recorded by W.C. Taylor Jr. went to # 1 in the Country Gospel Music Guilds top 80 charts for February 1999, in the U.S. Gospel News Magazine, Three more number 1 songs followed that. "Preach The Cross" by the Marksmen (Bluegrass), "Noah" by the Jeff Treece Band (Comedy Country Gospel) and a song co-written with Rhonnie Scheuerman "Lord My House Belongs To You" by Steve White.
Rick received the CGMG's "Songwriter of the Year" in Nashville, TN in 2001 and shared that same honor along with Joe Babcock in Hot Springs, AR in 2004.
Rick has had several songs in the top 50 charts. He says it's been a long ole road but enjoyable and well worth it, especially Spiritually with all his new friends and getting the Word of God out to the radio fans.. He would like to say thank you to folks like W.C. Taylor, Scott Brown, The Marksmen, Ernie Ashworth, The McGregorys and David Johnson for recording his songs, He has released a couple of songs as an artist lately and has had some success with them in radio air-play and in the charts. He said he's looking for that next hit any day now. Rick and his wife Lora, own Lora Lea Records and Wingerter Music Publ. Co. BMI. Way up in Montana.