Crimson to Snow
(01/07/09)I would like to thank those of you who are using Japan i-tunes to purchase my downloads.I want to give a special thanks to you because this is where most of my digital sales are taking place and, I must say I was a bit surprised when it first started happening but it is very exciting to think that this music is blessing people around the world and, especially in Japan.I also want to wish you all a happy new year. Rick Harvey, the founder of Soul'd Out, is a dedicated and talented musician. Although Crimson to Snow is his very first album, he has been writing songs for about three years and playing music even longer. He received his first guitar at the age of 14 and taught himself to play; not knowing this would become a lifelong pleasure. Unfortunately, his musical gifts would not be used for Gods glory for many years. He soon became caught up in the world. Music was pushed to a back burner while drugs consumed him. Eventually, he did find himself in various rock bands, playing his heart out at clubs and bars. He somehow made his way to a small local church and began attending regularly, except maybe the Sunday after a big gig Saturday night. Then one day a tragedy happened that changed his life forever. After working on roofs for 17 years, he had learned to be painstakingly careful of the many possible dangers of the business, but accidents happen. He fell in a pool of hot tar, burning his hands and torso to a terrifying degree. All the skin graphs and all the doctors care in the world could not get him back into the condition he used to be in; however, God could get him into an even better one. And that's exactly what he did. Through his recovery process, Rick drew closer to the Lord and finally decided it would be best to give his music back to the One who gave him everything. During the past six years, God has enhanced his talents, giving him the desire and ability to play multiple instruments, including the bass. He now plays the bass for his local church worship team every Sunday and plays for New Hope (Christian based 12 step recovery program) every Friday. In between times, he practices the songs he writes or learns old hymns from his mother-in-law who plays the piano at his local church. Every song he writes is inspired by God. He uses his past experiences combined with the benevolence God has shown him in recent years to produce the kind of moving lyrics that reach straight to the soul.