Country music’s award winning vocalist and songwriter, Richie McDonald, releases his debut Contemporary Christian project June 3, 2008 – I Turn to You

smitty_cvr.jpgOne of Country music’s premiere vocalists and respected songwriters, Richie McDonald, will release his debut Contemporary Christian project, I Turn To You, on June 3, 2008.  The CD was produced by McDonald’s long-time friend, Frank Myers, and McDonald co-wrote all but two songs on the album.  The project will be distributed by Lucid Artist and will be available at retail outlets nationwide including Family Christian stores and Walmart.

 “I’ve always wanted to do this kind of album.  I just thought it was time,” says McDonald. “I just feel like I’m doing music that really makes a difference. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing now and it feels right in my heart.”

“I am extremely honored to partner with Richie and help him connect with retailers & the Christian community nationwide,” says Greg Lucid, President, Lucid Artist. “It has been a long time since the Christian music community rallied behind, supported and effectively launched a new artist. I feel confident Richie has both the talent and message and it’s resonating with retailers like Walmart and Family Christian stores.  I know that when people hear the lyrics and meet Richie that they will instantly see why he is so special.”
I Turn To You is a compelling project with songs that give hope, encourage faith, and give glory to our wonderful God.  The title song is the first single that will be going for adds at radio on March 14th.  Other songs include, “He’s Alive,” that makes a powerful Easter message with the confirmation that Christ is alive and active in our lives, “Handle With Prayer” is a testimony about the power of prayer and the results it has on our lives, and “What Would He Do,” which is about living a life faithful to Jesus’ teachings.  “Hey God” will be familiar to McDonald’s fans as it’s an acoustic version of the Lonestar hit that he wrote for the band.

McDonald is the former vocalist for Country’s supergroup, Lonestar, and surprised the music row community by leaving the band after 16 years to pursue a solo career. McDonald wrote three #1 songs for Lonestar, “My Front Porch,” “Mr. Mom,” and “I’m Already There,” and was honored by BMI as Songwriter Of The Year in 2003. McDonald’s music is now on mainstream rock stations as the best-selling English group, Westlife, has done a cover version of “I’m Already There,” which was co-written by McDonald, Frank Myers, and Gary Baker.