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    1996

  • Jordan Richter begins running sound for Rich's tours this year. A year later, he would play guitar in Rich's touring band and open shows as part of This Train.

    January/February 1996

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Joking Matters"

    February 12, 1996

  • "Damascus Road" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 13 weeks on the chart and peak at #21.

    February 29, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Mobile, AL


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    March 4, 1996

  • Third Day releases its first self-titled album on Reunion Records. Rich Plays Hammer Dulcimer on "Praise Song."

    March 11, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in La Mirada, CA

    March 14, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in La Marida, CA at Biola University.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    March/April 1996

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Never Alone"

    April 1996

  • Rich is nominated in two categories for the 1996 Dove Awards, Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year ("Creed".)


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    April 1, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Austin, TX.

    April 2, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in College Station, TX.

    April 3, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Dallas, TX.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    April 5, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Lubbock, TX.

    April 1996

  • In between shows, Rich spends some time in Nashville recording new tracks for a planned "Greatest Hits" project. (That project would eventually become Songs)

    April 19, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Stubenville, OH.

    April 20, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wilmore, KY at Ichthus '96.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    April 24 1996

  • This Train ("Somewhere"), Kevin Smith ("If I Stand"), Rick Elias ("Growing Young"), Jimmy A ("A Place to Stand"), Phil Keaggy ("Hold Me Jesus"), Carolyn Arends ("Jacob and 2 Women"), Third Day ("Creed") & Ashley Cleveland ("I See You") perform at a tribute concert for Rich in Nashville at Cafe Milano. Speakers included Terry Hemmings, Reed Arvin, Jon Rivers, & Brennan Manning. Rich ended the night by performing "We Are Not As Strong As We Think We Are".
    Phil Keaggy: "We had all learned one of his songs, and he was sitting in the middle of the room looking like a kid at Christmas, just enjoying hearing the expressions of the artists. He didn't seem overly embarassed or preocupied with all of the attention that was on him. He just took it all in with that big, honest smile."

    April 25, 1996

  • The Chicago Tribune runs an article on Rich Mullins.
    "Christian Rocker Finds New Life in the Desert"

    May 3, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Burnaby, BC Canada.


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    May 4, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Burnaby, BC Canada.

    May 11, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Greenville, IL at the Agape Music Festival. Rich also taught a seminar entitled "Music Ministry of Today".

    May 17, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Bellingham, WA at Bellingham High School with Mitch McVicker.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    May/June 1996

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Momentary Pleasures"

    June 25, 1996




  • Reunion Records releases a "best of" collection entitled Songs. The collection includes the brand new recordings of "Praise to the Lord," "We Are Not As Strong As We Think We Are," and "Elijah." This CD also marks the first official release of the extended single version of "Screen Door." In 2001, Songs was certified as a Gold record (500,000 units sold) by the RIAA.
    Rich: "I think the 'best of' idea is really silly, because I've never put a song on an album that I didn't think was my best one. Everyone asks, 'Do you have a favorite?' Well, whatever song I'm working on at the moment is my favorite. But, the criteria we decided to go with for selecting songs for the album was just what songs have done really well on the radio, because that's some indication of how people have responded to a song; but that's certainly not the only indication. If I was going to do an album of my own favorites, there would probably only be a few songs off of this album that would make it.
    Rich, on "We Are Not As Strong As We Think We Are" (which was written for Brothers Keeper, but not recorded until earlier this year): "Everyone else was having babies, you know, and so, I helped co-write songs for people who had kids. They had to fill in most of the information and I just used my imagination. I got tired of that, so I decided to write something I knew something about. I'm always worried though about doing it in front of people because of all the Focus on the Family stuff. But even in good families you break up sometimes, and I don't think it has to be looked at as a happy thing - that's why we try to avoid at as much as possible because it is an unhappy occurrence."



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    June 27, 1996

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Mount Union, PA at Creation '96. Other performers include Julie Miller, Randy Stonehill, The Choir, Steve Taylor, Sixpence None the Richer and others.

    June 30, 1996

  • Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band perform in Gosford, Northern Ireland at the Summer Madness Festival.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    July 8, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Coleraine, Co. Londonberry, Norhtern Ireland.


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    July 15, 1996

  • "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 12 weeks on the chart and peak at #8.

    July/August 1996

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Growing Still"


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    August 10, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs at WorldFest 2 in Tinley Park, IL. Mitch McVicker performed the new song "Heaven is Waiting," from the upcoming Canticle of the Plains project. Rich also made a surprise appearance with Third Day when they performed his song "Creed."

    August 24, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wausau, WI at Wausau East High School.

    Labor Day Weekend, 1996

  • Rich's dog and frequent touring partner Bear dies of old age. Bear had a canine version of epilepsy which he struggled with in the last few years.

    September 14, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Birmingham, AL.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    September 20, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Midland, MI at Midland Center for the Arts.


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    September 21, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Upland, IN at Taylor University.
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    September/October 1996

  • Release Magazine publishes articles by Rich Mullins and Reed Arvin.
    "The Communion Of The Saints"
    "Poet Cornered by Reed Arvin"

    Fall 1996


    Rich and Mitch's Navajo-style hogans
  • Rich and Mitch begin building two traditional Navajo eight-sided hogans across the street from the reservation.

    October 11, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Springfield, MO.


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    October 12, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Emporia, KS at Flint Hills Christian Church.
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    October 25, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Gainesville, FL at the First Assembly of God.


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    October 26, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Mobile, AL at Cathedral Square.

    October 31, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Athens, GA at the Classic Center Theater.

    November 1, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in West Palm Beach, FL at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach.

    November 2, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Gainesville, GA at the Georgia Mountains Center.
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    November 4, 1996

  • "We Are Not As Strong As We Think We Are" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 15 weeks on the chart and peak at #9.

    November 22, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Houghton, NY at Houghton College.

    November 23, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Willoughby Hills, OH at Willoughby Hills Friends Church.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

    November/December 1996

  • Release Magazine publishes an article by Rich Mullins.
    "Pretty Good Genes"

    December 7, 1996

  • Rich Mullins and This Train perform in Elgin, IL at Judson College.

    December 13, 1996

  • Unashamed covers "Awesome God" on their album Reflection released on Tooth and Nail Records.

    December 21, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Wichita, KS at All Saints Catholic Church.

    December 28, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Ellisville, MO at St. John's Lutheran Church.

    December 31, 1996

  • Rich Mullins performs in Mesa, AZ at St. Timothy Catholic Community.


    (Photo by Ben Pearson.)

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