Dordt College News

Chris Rice performance at Sioux Center Feb. 18

January 17, 2006

Chris Rice, a Christian music performer/songwriter with nine #1 radio hits in the past nine years, will perform in concert at Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 18. The 7 p.m. concert is the only regional stop on Rice’s Short Term Memories Tour, and is sponsored by the Dordt College Alumni Association, KDCR and Marriage Matters of Iowa.

Advance tickets are recommended, by calling 722-6022 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door; $12 each for groups of 10 or more). Chris Rice

Since 1996, Chris Rice has become known for his infectious music and clever lyrics, as well as for his youth camp music leader persona. He’s released eight albums, including 2004’s Short Term Memories, a collection of greatest hits reflecting a decade of brilliance in the Christian music industry.

The Short Term Memories collection includes some of the best songs to have graced the airwaves over the past decade, including “Smellin’ Coffee” the now-classic “Welcome To Our World,” his most recent hit “Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus),” “Clumsy,” “Cartoons,” “Go Light Your World,” and “Mama Prays.”

Rice was the first recording artist for Rocketown Records (Michael W. Smith's record label) with his debut album in 1997, Deep Enough to Dream. Subsequent releases include Past the Edges (1998); Smell the Color 9 (2000); The Living Room Sessions (2001); The Living Room Sessions: Christmas (2001); Run the Earth … Watch the Sky (2003); Short Term Memories (2004); Snapshots: Live and Fan Favorites (2005) and Amusing (2005).

A native of Maryland, Chris Rice grew up as the second of four sons born to Christian bookstore owners. His parents and other adult mentors provided a backbone to his Christian faith that drives his work with youth today. What began as a collegiate ministry at Union University in Jackson, TN, soon turned into a full-time career.

Rice was named the 1995 Christian Songwriter of the Year (according to American Songwriter magazine) after writing Kim Boyce’s “By Faith” (the single Song of the Year).

Rice’s songs range from ballads to radio-friendly pop to shuffle-rock (“The Face of Christ”), with modern folk leanings reminiscent of James Taylor. In 2001, Rice surprised his fans with two piano-only instrumental releases that showcased a different side of his musical and arranging talents, not to mention his fondness for old hymns and Christmas songs.

For more information about the upcoming concert, contact the Dordt College Alumni Office at 712-722-6028.

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