FREE CHRISTMAS SINGLE DOWNLOAD!

 

From now until the end of the year, please enjoy your free download of What Child Is This as my gift to you this Christmas! Click HERE to download.  

I love the traditional music of Christmas, so full of joy, hope & peace as the world celebrates the birth of the Christ child. I'm happy to release the single, What Child Is This, one of my very favorite Christmas hymns. It evokes serenity and a beautiful sense of mystery that, for me, is an integral part of the season.

What Child Is This is an advance release from my 2020 Christmas album, coming next fall. Please enjoy your free download of What Child Is This as my gift to you this Christmas!

 

My Spotify listeners UP 532%!!!

 

Thanks to our new October release, Dreams of Peace: The Very Best of Rick Sparks, our Spotify listeners were up 532% over September's numbers! The gain was due to Spotify's feature, "Release Radar," which spotlights new releases & their artists. 

It's great to see our Spotify listener totals grow so much in one month!

RICK SPARKS ON SPOTIFY

 

A beautiful letter

 

Don't ever discount God's love. He constantly pours it out on us thru amazing acts of kindness & grace. It happened to me last night in a letter I received from a fan who is using the beauty & peace in my recordings to strengthen his faith and replenish his spirit in the midst of cancer. His kind words are such a blessing & encouragement to me - I'm honored to share them with you.

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"Hi, Rick, my name is **** ****. I recently heard some of your music on SPA (Sirius radio) and was overwhelmed with the beauty and depth. I confess I was not familiar with your work before hearing it but am now a huge fan. I purchased “Endless” on the basis of hearing one song ("Wonderful, Merciful Savior") and absolutely love every song on the CD (especially my all-time favorite, "Be Thou My Vision.") I just discovered your website and after listening to some samples, I will be ordering more CDs for my own enjoyment as well as CDs and sheet music for two older sisters who accompany in their church in Texas."

"I enjoyed reading about you and learning some of your musical and spiritual journey. For some reason, I felt an urging to share with you some of my own. I served as worship pastor in several churches in Texas and Colorado for 38 years, the last 30 at one church in Texas. In 2018, my wife and I sort of retired and moved to Tennessee, where we now live. After all the years of church ministry, we were very excited about having time for hiking in the Smoky Mountains and enjoying the rich culture and history of this part of the country. We joined a wonderful church and choir in Knoxville (a new experience for us after all the years of being on staff), found jobs we like and settled in to our new life.

"And then, out of the blue, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had surgery, am currently undergoing some hormone treatments with not-so-fun side effects, and will start seven weeks of radiation treatments at the end of October. I say all of that to say that God has really reaffirmed to me His endless love” and “wonderful mercy” through your music. I struggled to pull myself together just now after listening to a clip of “Jesus Loves Me” and plan to have it playing in the treatment room when the radiation begins."

"Such an application of your music probably wasn’t in the forefront of your thinking when you created it, but I think that is one of the marvelous things about God - His unlimited ability to see beyond time and circumstances to use our creativity in the lives of people we have never even met and in ways we may never anticipate. That’s supernatural, and in somewhat dark circumstances which I would never have chosen but for which I am thankful (at least, by faith)."

"I am the beneficiary of your willingness to submit your creativity and skill to a loving and sovereign God. I thank you for that! Keep letting Him make you even better than you already are. I’ll be listening! Thankfully, **** ****."

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What an incredible testimony from someone going thru one of the toughest experiences anyone can know on this earth. I thanked **** for taking time to share his story with me, and I'm so humbled that God would use my music in such a way. Only He could open doors for my music to touch & strengthen people like ****.  I pray that he finds peace in part thru my songs & healing thru God's amazing grace.

JESUS LOVES ME - Rick Sparks

 

Dreams of Peace now on iTunes/Apple Music!

 

NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES/APPLE MUSIC - Dreams of Peace: The Very Best of Rick Sparks. Experience the peace.

 

Hushabye stays in the top-15 for August!

 

Just a quick note that Hushabye is showing staying power in the ZMR Top-100 airplay chart for August (just-released)! We fell only one place from July from #11 to #12, which means that radio & digital outlets worldwide continue to give strong airplay to Hushabye.

Special shout-out to my hard-working media promoter, Randall Davis, for helping Hushabye stay in ZMR's top-15. Our last album, Half Moon Bay, stayed on the charts for 5 months - we're hoping Hushabye does as well.

 

HERE! Best of Rick Sparks Collection!

 

NOW AVAILABLE!  Dreams of Peace: The Very Best of Rick Sparks

Just in time for the holidays, Dreams of Peace is a solid hour of my personal favorites from my 5 albums since 2014. These 14 songs are the very best of my music to "replenish your spirit."

Dreams of Peace: The Very Best of Rick Sparks is now available on CD Baby and the Music Store page of my website, and soon from your favorite digital outlets, including Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, Alexa, etc. 

 

NYC, baby!

 
It's a tall order to wind down the mega-stress of New Yorkers, but Hushabye is up to the challenge! Thanks to FM 88.1 WMNR, Hushabye is now being heard in the #1 media market in the world!
 
Heard regularly by over 60,000 listeners, WMNR's "Music Gallery" show has Hushabye in their Top-10 album rotation as part of the station's non-commercial classical and fine arts music for Connecticut and New York. The program airs 10-11pm Thursday nights & is a ZMR reporting outlet.
 
WMNR also broadcasts on 16 other stations and repeater stations that can be heard throughout the west, central and south sections of Connecticut as well as along the entire north edge of Long Island, New York, all the way to the northeast tip. The other stations are WRXC (90.1 FM, Shelton, CT), WGSK (90.1 FM, South Kent, CT), WGRS (91.5 FM, Guilford, CT), W218AV (91.5 FM, Warren, CT), W220CF (91.9 FM, Huntington, CT), W220AC (91.9 FM, Fairfield, CT), W287AZ (105.3 FM, Southport, CT), W220CH (91.9 FM, West Hartford, CT), W252AS (98.3 FM, New Haven, CT), W233AJ (94.5 FM, Old Saybrook, CT), W233AG (94.5 FM, New London, CT), W205BM (88.9 FM, Mt. Kisco, NY), W233AI (94.5 FM, Sag Harbor, NY), W264AJ (100.7 FM, Southampton, NY), W262AS (100.3 FM, Bridgehampton, NY) and W289AX (105.7 FM, East Hampton, NY).
 
THANKS WMNR FOR AIRING HUSHABYE!!!
 

Hushabye debuts at #11 on ZMR!

 

Happy to report Hushabye debuting at #11 on the (very late) just-released Zone Music Reporter World Top-100 chart for July!

Hushabye's strong debut on the new ZMR chart follows outstanding performance in August on the OWMR chart, climbing 72 places from #80 to #8. Combined with adds this week by SiriusXM's Spa channel, Hushabye is getting great airplay worldwide.

BIG THANKS TO RADIO PROGRAMMERS WORLDWIDE FOR ADDING HUSHABYE TO THEIR PLAYLISTS!  

 

SIRIUS XM ADDS HUSHABYE!!!

 

BREAKING NEWS: Some of you know that I've been played on the SPA channel (68) at SiriusXM since 2016, a wonderful blessing for any artist but especially a total unknown just getting started. Today we received word that SPA has added 2 new songs (And She Dreams; Angel Song) from Hushabye, effective immediately!! Big thanks to SPA programmer Lynette White - so glad you like Hushabye! Check out Spa on SXM!

 

ZMR rates Hushabye EXCELLENT!

 

Zone Music Reporter has rated Hushabye as EXCELLENT, saying the new album is "absolutely perfect new age music," and "simply beautiful music that will make anyone's day better." Thanks. ZMR! Here's the full review:

RICK SPARKS HAS LULLABIES FOR ALL AGES (review by Gina at Zone Music Reporter, 8-20-19).

"New age music fans have come to love the soft, dreamy music of Rick Sparks and his trademark sound featuring piano, string sections and soft angelic choirs doing wordless vocalizations. It is like jumping into a feather bed with a cumulus cloud as a pillow. Now Sparks is back with a new album of gentle lullabies, absolutely perfect new age music, titled HUSHABYE. This is extremely peaceful, relaxing music.'

"The compositions (nine originals and two covers) can be used to calm children or help them go to sleep, make adults unwind after a long and stressful day, or serve as sounds to assist with meditation, prayer or contemplation. This is simply beautiful music that will make anyone's day better."

ZMR RATES HUSHABYE EXCELLENT