TimeLine : 1998-present

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    1998

  • Rebecca St. James releases Pray which includes a cover of "Hold Me Jesus."

    January 1998

  • Prior to his death, Rich had planned to begin shooting videos for his new album in Israel. There were also plans for him to write a book in connection with the new record.

  • CCM magazine runs the following article by John Fischer.
    "The Sacred and the Profane"

    January/February 1998



  • Group Magazine publishes an interview with Rich Mullins that was written shortly before his death in Sept. of '97.
    "Rich Mullins Interviewed"

    February 19, 1998

  • The Insyderz release Skalleluia! on Squint Entertainment. The album includes a cover of "Awesome God."

    April 15, 1998

  • Michael W. Smith releases Live The Life which includes a tribute to Rich, entitled "Song For Rich".

    April 21, 1998

  • This Train's Mimes of the Old West is rereleased on Organic Records. Rich cowrote and sings on "A Million Years".

    April 23, 1998

  • Rich wins his first Dove Award for "artist of the year" at the Gospel Music Association's 29th Annual Dove Awards. Rich's brother David and James Dunning, jr. received the award for Rich.

  • The Oklahoman publishes an article about Rich's Dove Award tribute.
    Mullins Gets Posthumous Award

    May 19, 1998

  • Michael W. Smith's Rocketown Records releases Exodus, which includes Michael performing the Mullins classic, "I See You".

    June 1998

  • CCM Magazine reviews Rich's The Jesus Record.
    Album Reviews

    June 6, 1998

  • Light 99 FM premiers the Jesus Record in Wichita, Kansas.

    June 15, 1998

  • "My Deliverer" debuts on the AC Charts. It would spend 18 weeks on the chart and peak at #1 on August 17. It spent 3 weeks at #1.

    June 21, 1998



  • Mitch McVicker's first album is released.
    Rich coproduced the project with Mark Robertson of This Train. Rich cowrote "Gospel Rain", and "New Mexico", sang on "Gospel Rain", "She Asked Me How", "Hope" and "New Mexico", and played keyboards on "Gospel Rain" and "She Asked Me How".

    June 28, 1998

  • The Chicago Tribune publishes an article about Rich and the Jesus Record.
    "Rich Mullins' Last Musical Vision"

    July 4, 1998




  • Rich Mullins nineth album the Jesus record is released on Myrrh records.
    The album includes the last songs that Rich wrote before his death, as well as a couple of old ones, produced by Rick Elias and performed by the ragamuffin band. A second disc, entitled the Jesus demos is also included featuring Rich's rough boom-box demos of nine of the songs.
    Album Reviews
    Eric Townsend, on "Nothing But the Blood": "The live hammer dulcimer instrumental track nearly didn't make it onto the album. Producer Rick Elias had been looking for a good recording of the song that Rich performed on his final tour, but was unable to find one. The best copy that existed was from the Lufkin, TX show, but Rich fumbled a bit on the start. Rick asked me to see if I could locate a better recording. I spent a good amount of time contacting numerous churches, tape traders, concert promoters and others trying to locate a recording. At the very last minute, someone stepped forward with a good recording. That recording (taken from the Greenbay, WI. show) was overnighted to Rick and just barely made it onto the record."

  • A video tribute to the life, music and ministry of Rich Mullins, entitled "Homeless Man: The Restless Heart of Rich Mullins" is released on Myrrh Records.
    The beautiful project was created by Ben Pearson, Jimmy Abegg and Steve Taylor and includes interviews with Family, Friends, the Ragamuffin Band, Phil Keaggy, Steve Taylor, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Ashley Cleveland, Kenny Greenburg, John Michael Talbot, and others.

    July 3, 1998

  • Sixpence None The Richer, This Train, Greg and Rebecca Sparks and the Ragamuffin Band with Ashley Cleveland perform in Bushnell, IL at Cornerstone 98 as part of a "tribute to Rich Mullins".

    July 4, 1998

  • A Tribute to Rich is held at South Fork Ranch, Plano, TX.

    July 25, 1998

  • Billboard Magazine reviews The Jesus Record.

    August 17, 1998

  • "My Deliverer" hits #1 on the AC Charts. Following its debut on June 15, it would spend 18 weeks on the chart and 3 weeks at #1.

    August 30, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Wichita Kansas' Cessna Stadium at Jesus Fest 98 for "The Legacy Kickoff".
    The Day-long festival was sponsored by Central Christian Church and was also Fund raiser for The Legacy of a Kid Brother of St Frank.
    Other performers included Gary Chapman, Temple Yard, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Mitch McVicker and the Kid Brothers, and This Train.

    August/September 1998

  • Rich Mullins appears on the Cover of Release Magazine.

    September 12, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in San Antonio, TX at Trinity Baptist Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    September 15, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Nashville, TN at Gibson's Caffe Milano as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    September 18, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Berea, OH at Berea High School as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    September 20, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Lancaster, PA at the American Music Theater as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 3, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Chester, MD at Jammin' Java's as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 4, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in New York, NY on the Live at the Lambs Radio Show as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 8, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Birmingham, AL at Briarwood Presbyterian Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 9, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Gastonia, NC at Bethlehem Baptist Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 10, 1998

  • BEC Records releases Happy Christmas : A BEC Holiday Collection which includes a cover of "You Gotta Get Up," recorded by Five Iron Frenzy.

    October 15, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Jonesboro, AR as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 18, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Overland Park, KS at Johnson County Christian Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 23, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Greenwood, IN at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 24, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Cincinnati, Ohio at Lakota Christian Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 25, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in South Bend, IN at O'Laughlin Auditorium as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 9, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Gastonia, NC at Bethlehem Baptist Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    October 27, 1998



  • Reunion Records releases "Awesome God: A Tribute to Rich Mullins" featuring Michael W. Smith, Carolyn Arends, Billy Crockett, Amy Grant, Chris Rice, Gary Chapman, Jars of Clay, Billy Sprague, Kevin Max, Ashley Cleveland, and Caedmon's Call performing classic Rich Mullins songs.

    October 31, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Stone Mountain, GA at Mountain Park Methodist Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 1, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Napervile, IL at Naperville Bible Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 5, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Champaign, IL at the Jitters and Rush Club as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 6, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Grand Rapids, MI at Calvin College as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 7, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Farmington Hills, MI at Grace Chapel as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 8, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Elgin, IL at Elgin Community College as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 9, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in South Bend, IN on the Pulse TV Show as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 13, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Mequon, WI at Alliance Bible Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 14, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band appears in Rosevill, MN at Northwestern Bookstore.

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in St. Paul, MN at Bethel College as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 15, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Lakeville, MN at Valley Christian Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 13, 1998

  • The Ragamuffin Band performs in Noblesville, IN at Grace Community Church as part of the Homeless Man Tour.

    November 28, 1998

  • Billboard Magazine publishes a short article entitled "They're Playing My Song," in which Rebecca St. James talks about recording a cover of Rich's "Hold Me Jesus."
    Rebecca St. James: "I'd heard 'Hold Me Jesus" for a long time and really loved the song, but it didn't hufely get my attention that this was something I needed to put on the album until earlier this year... One day I was home and just started listening to the CD that had 'Hold Me Jesus' on it, and I just pressed rewind over and over again. I just hit a chord with the song. It talks about comfort and knowing what it's like to be held by God. I think I've been through certain trials this year, and I've really just felt God's comfort in the midst of those times. It's a beautiful thing to know that. I really related to that song... realizing each word was the cry of my heart, too."

    Late 1998

  • Rebecca St. James releases Pray which includes a cover of "Hold Me Jesus".

    December 1, 1998

  • Crosswalk.com publishes an article about Rich.
    Crosswalk: Rich Mullins

    December 1998-January 1999

  • The Giovanni Audiori Catalog surveys artists for their favorite top 10 albums of all time. The Ragamuffin's Mark Robertson lists 1) Anything by Rich Mullins, 2) Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys Feeling Kinda Lucky, 3) Afghan Whigs Black Love, 4) Rick Elias Blink, 5) Almost everything by Terry Taylor (Daniel Amos, Swirling Eddies, etc), 6) The Replacements All Shook Down, 7) Big Star Live at Columbia College, 8) Three techno-bands.. all tied. Tricky, Future Sound of London & the Meat Beat Manifesto, 9) The Desendents Everything Sucks, 10) Just about anything on Hightone Records (Buddy & Julie Miller, Dale Watson, Big Sandy, Deke Dickerson and Dave Alvin are some of the better examples.

    April 1999

  • Rich wins Dove Awards for Songwriter, Song ("My Deliverer"), Recorded Music Packaging (The Jesus Record), and Hard Music Recording (for the Insyderz cover of "Awesome God").

    May 24, 1999

  • "That Where I Am, There You May ALso Be" debuts on the AC Charts. The song would stay on the chart for 12 weeks and peak at #4.

    August 13, 1999

  • A Legacy of a Kid Brother of St. Frank sponsors a "Legacy Arts Festival" in Wichita Kansas. Performers include Michael W Smith, DC Talk, Amanda Old Crow, Cindy Morgan, Native Reign, Chris Rodriguez, and Temple Yard.

    August 14, 1999

  • A Legacy of a Kid Brother of St. Frank sponsors a "Legacy Arts Festival" in Wichita Kansas. Performers include The Ragamuffin Band, Carolyn Arends, Billy Crockett, Happy, Phil Keaggy, Native Reign, Ginny Owens, Chris Rice, Third Day, This Train, and Waterdeep.

    September 21, 1999

  • Geoff Moore releases a self-titled album on Forefront which features a cover of "Boy Like Me/Man Like You."

    January 22, 2000

  • Billboard Magazine publishes an article entitled "They're Playing My Song," in which Geoff Moore talks about covering Rich's "Boy Like Me, Man Like You."
    Geoff Moore "I'm a fan of Rich Mullins. He was my friend. Professionally, our paths crossed a lot. We got to know each other on a mission trip to Guatemala. He and Rick Elias and I went together. I think that's where he and Rick met, and that later became part of Rich's musical landscape... I have great memories of that trip. One of the most moving musical moments of my life was watching Rich play 'Awesome God' in an orphanage on an old beat-up, out-of-tune, upright piano and listening to about three different languages singing it. ("Boy Like Me, Man Like You" is) my favorite Rich Mullins song. That's the only reason I did it. I felt like I could sing it and give it a decent representation, because he wrote some pretty quirky stuff that only he could sing, which is the mark, I think, of a great songwriter.
    "This is a song that has always moved me. It's filled with his humanity and his curiosity. It really strikes a chord in me, that that's where I first found my connection with Jesus -- the fact that it dawned on me at one point as a small boy that He had been a small boy too. That made sense to me. So the song always meant a lot to me. I'm thrilled some money will go into his foundation and further the stuff he was about. All the writer royalties that would go to Rich for writing the song go to his foundation to further work on Native American reservations and all the stuff he was involved in before his death. That's cool."

    February 17, 2000



  • In the category of "Silly Similes," the television show Jeopardy includes the answer "Rich Mullins sings that faith without works is as useless as one of these on a submarine." The question is of course "What is a screen door?"

    August 14, 2000

  • An article about Rich and the upcoming devotional biography An Arrow Pointing to Heaven appears in the Baptist Standard.
    "Rich Mullins' story needs to be told"

    September 2000



  • James Bryan Smith's "Devotional Biography" about the life of Rich Mullins, An Arrow Pointing to Heaven is released through Broadman & Holman.

    September 11, 2001

  • Michael W. Smith releases Worship on Reunion Records which includes a cover of "Awesome God."

    February 2, 2002

  • Kirk Franklin releases The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin on Gospel Centric Records, which includes a cover of "Awesome God."

    October 8, 2002

  • Michael W. Smith releases Worship Again on Reunion Records which includes a cover of "I See You."

    February 18, 2003

  • Third Day releases Offerings II (All I Have To Give) on Essential Records which includes a cover of "Creed."

    May 6, 2003



  • Here in America is released on Reunion Records. It includes a collection of early songwriting demos, live recordings and a DVD of musical performances from Rich.

    2005

  • Hillsong United releases Look To You which includes a cover of "Awesome God."

    February 8, 2005

  • Chris Rice releases Snapshots: Live And Fan Favorites which includes a cover of "Calling Out Your Name."

    July 17, 2007

  • Todd Agnew releases Better Questions which includes a cover of "Be With You."

    June 23, 2010

  • Phil Stacey releases Into the Light which includes a cover of "Hard to Get."

    March 30, 2013

  • Rich's mother Neva Mullins passes away in Richmond, Indiana.

    June 20, 2013

  • Rich's sister Debra passes away in Columbia, MO.

    July 23, 2013

  • Carolyn Arends writes an article for Christianity Today that mentions Rich.
    "What Rich Mullins Taught Me About Discernment"

    2014



  • The film Ragamuffin opens in selected theaters and churches. The movie, directed by David Leo Schultz, is a bio-pic based on the life and career of Rich Mullins.

  • Caedmon's Call releases Chronicles 1992-2004 which includes live covers of "I Will Sing" and "Hope to Carry On."

    April 29, 2014

  • The Gospel Music Association inducts Rich Mullins into their GMA Hall of Fame.


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