Updated: May 20
Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Sometimes By Step." Three of his albums were listed in CCM Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music and "Awesome God " was listed at number one on the 100 Greatest Songs in Christian Music. His songs have been recorded by numerous Christian artists and groups like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Caedmon's Call, Carolyn Arends, Rebecca St. James, Jars of Clay, Third Day and Hillsong United.
At the time of his death in 1997, Mullins was the most beloved troubadour in CCM and probably came as close to anyone else in the field to being regarded as a "saint." Mullins was famous for his gentle demeanor, his simple lifestyle, his love for children and his overwhelming compassion for the poor. Many of his songs like "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" and "Awesome God" have already become staples in modern hymnody.
Mullins had a distinctive talent both as a performer and a songwriter. His compositions showed distinction in two ways: unusual and sometimes striking instrumentation and complex lyrics that usually employed elaborate metaphors. Mullins did most of his composing and performing on piano and acoustic guitar, but he also had a prodigious talent for obscure instruments. He displayed arguably virtuoso skills on the hammered and lap dulcimers and the Irish tin whistle.
More information on Rich Mullins at Wikipedia:
Here in America (2003)
Deep Valley - Bellsburg Sessions (2023)