QUIET PIANO HYMNS (2022 album)
Greenville, SC (9/1/2022) - I'm so happy to announce the release of my very first solo piano album, a special project titled Quiet Piano Hymns. These are some of my favorite classic hymns & gospel songs that I first learned as a boy and have treasured now for over 50 years as a church pianist.
I love contemporary worship music, but it's the great old hymns and gospel songs that I treasure the most. Their melodies and lyrics bear indelible memories for me of God's saints in worship, singing of Christ's love and salvation for all who believe in Him. I hope you enjoy listening to (and singing along with) these sweet songs as much as I enjoyed recording them. LISTEN TO & ORDER QUIET PIANO HYMNS
SPEAK PEACE (2022 album)
PRAYER FOR UKRAINE (2022 single)
Greenville, SC (3/15/2022) – Pianist & composer Rick Sparks has released a new instrumental single titled Prayer for Ukraine, from his forthcoming album, Speak Peace. All proceeds from the single will be donated to World Vision’s Ukraine relief operation.
In Rick’s words, “Prayer for Ukraine was inspired by the brave people of Ukraine in their courageous defense of freedom. The song offers a somber yet beautiful hope for deliverance from the darkness of war. May it inspire all who hear it to support & pray for Ukraine in her greatest hour of need.”
The picture on the cover of the single is a closeup of a young Ukrainian bride in her beautiful traditional dress holding flowers. The song begins with a cello solo playing the main theme, followed by variations with strings, angelic voices and piano.
Click HERE to listen to Prayer for Ukraine. The single is available for download/streaming from Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and other major digital outlets. Prayer for Ukraine is the first single from Rick’s 2022 album, Speak Peace.
Recent reviews for Rick’s music include “Graceful and stunningly beautiful.” – Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com; “Timeless… enchanting.” – Blue Wolf Reviews, Australia; “Very healing, with wisdom, elegance & innocence.” – Dyan Garris, Zone Music Reporter; “Rich & rewarding.” – BT Fasmer, New Age Music Guide.
Rick Sparks is an ASCAP pianist/composer based in Greenville, South Carolina. His quiet-music albums are heard worldwide on broadcast and online outlets, including SiriusXM Spa, Music Choice Soundscapes, Amazon Music and Apple/iTunes.
BELLA (2021 album)
(Greenville, SC – 6/1/21) – I am so pleased to announce the release of Bella, my 7th album since 2014. The songs of Bella became an oasis of beauty & peace for me during nearly 5 months of production. May the music of Bella do the same for you.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR BELLA'S SONGS! Bella is available now for downloads &/or streaming from Amazon, Apple/iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer & all major digital outlets, with CDs available from Amazon.
"Bella is timeless... enchanting." - Janet Mawdesley, Blue Wolf Reviews (Australia); "A graceful and stunningly beautiful album... one of Rick's best to date." - Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com; "Musical magic... innocence, charm and kindness." - Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio (Cyprus); "Very healing... a gentle, angelic call for peace." - Dyan Garris, Zone Music Reporter; "An amazing oasis of peace & beauty - make Bella the soundtrack to your Summer 2021." - Pat Marino, Sunset Cruise Show #533 (June '21), NYC.
Bella’s cover art by 19th-century Italian artist Robert Ferruzzi is a striking portrait of a little girl in prayer. No one except the artist knows who the girl was, but her beautiful (bella) countenance was my continuing inspiration for the album. In my mind, she could only be “Bella.”
I am thankful to have found such lovely inspiration for Bella's music. May you find the album reflecting both Bella's beauty and the hope contained in her prayers.
Bella features 10 piano-based songs of beauty and peace in a tapestry of piano, strings, flute and angelic voices. It includes 7 new originals as well as covers of Paul McCartney's My Valentine, classical composer Anton Dvorak's Going Home, and H. Gregson-Williams' Smiling.