Laying Down Our LivesWhat sometimes holds you back from laying down your life for others?
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RICHARD ALLEN MCGEE was born in Yonkers, New York, moved to Calif. in 1967 and began singing, when he started his studies, at the age of 4. He sang in many choirs throughout school until he graduated from Santa Ana JC in 1983. Richard always thought he'd be a secular "singing star". God, however, had other plans for him. Growing in frustration with the lack of success pursuing his musical dreams, ...he got on his knees, before God, and asked "What do You want me to do?". God, speaking to his soul, told him," you need to sing for My glory, not for yours. In 1993 Richard FINALLY listened. He began singing in churches, starting in San Diego, California, with Gene Regard Lying the foundation. he began making his way up the West coast, arriving in Seattle, Wa. in 1996. In 1997 He moved to Miami, Fl where thing really started to pick up. Continuing on his journey, Richard Allen McGee now lives in Ft. Myers, Fl and works as Music Director for St. Finbarr Catholic Community. He just ended a 10 year tenture at St. Paul's Episcopal Church where in worked with the Ressurection Congregation for 10 years. His music strives to glorify God with no denominational or political agenda. He's just, as he says, “A guy who loves to sing for God". If there's an opportunity to sing, he will. His music incorporates a mixture of Easy listening, with a bit of an R&B feel, with a sprinkle of Ethnic percussion and a dash of Rock. He has been influenced by just about everyone he's listened to but, his favorites included Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Fleetwood Mac, and Old Skool Motown, and Spyra Gyra, to name a few. Other musicians that offered there talents include Micheal (Mikey) Chambers on Drums, Dave Johnson on Bass, Patrick Meier on Lead Guitar, Ryc Boitise on Rhythm Guitar. They played on various songs in this collection and are outstanding musicians.