ALBUM PROFILE: The Songs of Speak Peace 

ALBUM PROFILE: Speak Peace (2022)

In January of this year, I began work on Speak Peace, my 8th studio album. Little did I know that a terrible war in Ukraine would soon begin. In the face of war, the Covid pandemic and other major issues in our world, I recorded Speak Peace with hope that these songs of beauty and peace might help strengthen and replenish our spirits. 

The beautiful field of poppies on the album cover is a reference to Poppy (Remembrance) Day in the U.K. and Memorial Day in the U.S., when…

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SPEAK PEACE OFFICIALLY COMPLETE! 

BREAKING NEWS: Speak Peace is officially complete! The last few weeks have been an absolute blur, topped off by a stomach bug & (now) sinus infection, but today we finished the mixes, album graphics & press release. It's in the hands of my media promoter now (thanks, Stacey Bonk at LAZZ!) & our production friends at Disc Makers & CD Baby. Official release June1!

"PRAYER FOR UKRAINE" SINGLE VAULTS TO #6 ON OWMR'S APRIL TOP-100! 

Thrilled to report that Prayer for Ukraine vaulted to #6 on April's OWMR Top-100 singles chart! That's a jump of 43 places from our debut at #49 on the March chart. Special thanks to Steve & Chrissie Sheppard at One World Music Radio, Europe's #1 radio station for the genres covered.I'm so encouraged by the airplay for the single as we continue to support & pray for Ukraine. All proceeds from Prayer for Ukraine are being donated to World Vision's Ukraine Relief operation. Prayer for Ukraine is the lead…

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"SPEAK PEACE" NEARING FINISH LINE! 

This is the week for finalizing the Speak Peace album! After months spent writing, recording & arranging the songs (9 originals & 2 covers), we're finally at the stage of mastering the album, listening to & adjusting each mix before sending it to our radio promoter next week. We'll let you know as we near the official release date, but it will be sometime around the end of May.

When I began work on Speak Peace in January, little did I know that a terrible war in Ukraine would soon begin. We continue to pray…

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"PRAYER FOR UKRAINE" SINGLE RELEASED 

As we continue to witness the horrific invasion of Ukraine, I felt the need to record a somber yet beautiful hope for deliverance for the country which is suffering so much right now. I hope that Prayer for Ukraine will inspire all who hear it to support & pray for the brave people of Ukraine in their greatest hour of need. 

All proceeds for Prayer for Ukraine will be donated to World Vision's Ukraine relief operation. I encourage you to support World Vision or other humanitarian organization in their…

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NEW ALBUM IN PROGRESS! 

Just wanted to let you know I'm hard at work on a new album! Speak Peace will feature more piano solos than any of my albums since 2016's Matilda's Flowers, with 10 songs of peace & beauty to replenish your spirit like water in the desert. Five songs are complete, with 5 to go - release in June. We'll keep you posted!

SO LONG, 2021! 

2021 is a wrap, and what a blessed year it's been for my music. I'm so grateful for God's inspiration to create music of beauty and peace, none more so than for Bella, my 3rd top-5 album since 2014. A big thank-you to all the outlets that played my music in 2021, and for the fine work of my promoter, Higher Level Media, in representing Bella.

I've begun work on a new album for 2022, this one containing more piano, with projected release in July. For now, I wish you peace, joy & love in the New Year. Keep…

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BELLA REMAINS ZMR TOP-20 3RD MONTH IN ROW! 

We're so happy to report that Bella continues to receive strong airplay in its 3rd month since release! The just-released August ZMR Top-100 Radio Airplay chart has Bella at #18, after debuting at #6 in June & peaking at #5 in July.

The music of Bella speaks hope, beauty & peace to so many every day - my heartfelt thanks to radio & digital channels worldwide for playing my music!

BLUE WOLF REVIEWS (AUSTRALIA) LOVES BELLA! 

I'm so appreciative of the great response by reviewers around the world to Bella. This one from Jan Mawdesley at Blue Wolf Reviews (Australia) is one of my favorites. https://bluewolf-reviews.com/music/piano/bella/

"Gentle and soothing this latest release from Rick Sparks portrays in delicate tones the emotions and pure beauty of the child, known as Bella at prayer on the cover of the album painted by 19th century artist Roberto Ferruzzi. Who she was is lost deep in history but the purity of her intent is

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BELLA #5 ON ZMR TOP-100 JULY CHART! 

Excited to announce that Bella has risen to #5 on ZMR's Top-100 Album chart for July!

I'm so grateful for the support of radio worldwide for the beauty, peace & hope of this lovely album inspired by a little Italian girl named Bella. It's a joy to make music like this.