To Him alone be the Glory.
"Faithful", Stephen's first full-length Gospel album, will officially be released for purchase on January 16, 2014 at 12:00pm. It will be available for purchase digitally via iTunes and Amazon; physical CDs can be purchased as well (more on that later). Months of arranging, rehearsing, fundraising, contacting and recording have all come down to this. God is good.
To Him alone be the Glory.
Alright, folks. Now we're getting close! I'm here in Arkansas for Thanksgiving (favorite holiday) and loving my time back home so far. The great week will be touched off by two recording sessions - one Friday morning with Robert (my brother) on electric guitar and one Saturday morning with the choir. Once this weekend is concluded, we'll only have three more instruments to track (strings, acoustic guitar and my vocals), and that should only take about a week or two! We're in the home stretch of this project.
We should be all done by Christmas and will send out albums to donors before Christmas. General release of the album will take place in mid to late January. More information on all that stuff to come very soon. Please continue to lift us all up in prayer as we prepare for the post-production phase of the project (mixing, mastering and distribution). I look forward to sharing what I believe will be an awesome product with you in the weeks to come.
To God be the glory.
Hey everyone! I'm sorry that it has been so long since I've updated you on the progress of the album. Initially, the target date for release was September 2013. Well - that ain't happening - lol. The ambition was due to my ignorance in remembering how crazy summers are for youth pastors. Even so, we started the recording process back in June and will complete that part of the project by the end of October. We still need to track acoustic and electric guitar, strings, choir and vocals. I fully expect that the mixing and mastering part of the project will be completed by the middle of November, giving us an updated target date of late November or early December.
Now - here's the good news. As every part of the recording process is completed, I get more and more excited because of how great everything sounds as the pieces come together. I spend part of every day listening to the rough mixes of what we have so far. I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I have a hard time staying inside my skin - lol. Guys, it's going to be so good. And I'm so thankful to each of you for being part of the process, whether it's been through your financial faithfulness, prayers, encouragement or any combination thereof. I trust that God will be glorified through the album once it's released in a couple of months. And I trust that you'll be edified.
Grace and Peace
So we're getting there - slowly but surely! Here's the thing about fundraising. You tend to get a lot at the beginning and a lot at the end with a sort of lull in the middle. Ha ha. But I'm not worried. Several friends and family have pledged their support for this album, and I know they'll make good on their word. As far as development is concerned, I've recently sent off four songs to a friend who is going to arrange strings, band members are listening to demos and brainstorming their parts, and we're in the process of establishing dates for creative consultation and rehearsal. Soon, we'll schedule studio time start
It's so exciting to see all of this coming together. I'm so ready. I hope you are, too!
You know, working toward the completion of a full-length Gospel album is pretty tough work. From composition to development to revision to orchestration to arrangement to rehearsal to recording to production to post-production - it's really a headache....lol. But here's the thing: I'm loving it every step of the way because I am walking in the joyous knowledge that I'm accompanied by several friends and supporters. As of April 13, we have raised $3,855 in support for this project - all in 11 days. So with 49 days left, I'm really excited and optimistic about raising the other $11,145 via pre-orders and generous donations.
It's so amazing to watch this dream become a reality. And with all my heart, from conception to birth, from growth to conclusion, I believe God is behind it all.
Thank you for the love and support you've shown so far! Pre-orders and donation can be made here.
One week ago, I launched my Indiegogo website to raise support for my Gospel album via pre-orders and opportunities for higher contributions. In just one week, we have raised $2,795 of $15,000 - that's 19%. Wow! I am so thankful and humbled by your generosity so far and look forward to seeing others join with their support over the next 53 days. I believe that God is going to work in the lives of people through this music, and I'm blessed that so many have chosen to walk alongside me in this endeavor. God bless you, and I love you each.
I've released four songs on my YouTube channel. Three of them will be on the upcoming Faithful album. I'm looking forward to everyone's constructive comments. I hope you like it all. Remember: you can pre-order an album or support the Faithful project at Indiegogo!
Well - it's finally here. For the next 60 days, friends, family, and supporters will have the opportunity to pre-order "Faithful" - a Gospel album by Stephen Ray and several friends. It's crazy to see how quickly this has come together so far. Next step is videoing a couple of songs on piano so people will feel confident in what they're purchasing. The journey has begun - lets see where this goes. You can support us here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/faithful-a-gospel-album/x/2696449.
We're inching closer and closer to my Gospel album becoming a reality, and that really excites me. Thank you so much for you prayers, support, and encouragement! We're still in the development phase, which means we're deciding how each song will be arranged and orchestrated. More important for my friends and fans, however, is that we're launching our fundraiser site (via indiegogo.com) at noon on Tuesday, April 2. Through this site, people will be able to pre-order an album, as well as donate even more (for perks!) to help us fund the cost of developing, recording, and producing the album. Your support on the front end of this project - in addition to my own resources - will help us to fund all the necessary components of this project without going into debt and having to "catch up" later.
Again, I'm humbled by the support I've received so far. I look forward to walking through all these new doors and prayerfully producing an album that is glorifying to God and edifying for believers and non-believers alike.
I'm excited about a new chapter in my life. A few weeks ago, I contacted a few friends/musicians and asked them to collaborate with me on something I've wanted to do for a long time - a full-length album of original Gospel songs. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens! We record this summer (2013) and hope to have something released by September 2013. Keep checking back and I'll try to keep this thing updated.