Rick Niemi
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Rick Niemi

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River of God; 12 song album, all original lyrics


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Hailing originally from Minnesota (still a Gophers fan), Rick has resided in Southern California for 35 years.
He began writing songs at age 17 but looks back on those efforts now as “mostly mush”. Says Rick, “I kept up my minimal guitar skills over the years and never quit writing but never really progressed. Six years or so ago, my wife and I joined with friends in a couples’ Bible study which still meets weekly. During that time, with those influences, these faith-filled songs began to come through. A few involve actually sitting and putting pen to paper but most come through an inspiration process, usually while I’m driving to work and so on.”
Raised in a Catholic family, Rick nevertheless fell away in his late-teens not to return for some 25 years. During that time he rummaged about in philosophy and learned first-hand how it is that Reason can lead to Faith. He says that, upon returning, “ I was amazed at the depth of thought and mysticism within the early church, things I had never seen nor bothered to look for.”
Rick believes it to now be his calling to bring that experience and insight to fulfillment by sharing it in song.
Rick has been married to Charlene for 20 years. They have two sons, Carl and Daniel. Though he finds no end of growth within the church, Rick admits that “There’s not one friend I have who is not a better Catholic or Christian than I. So I tell what truth I have and leave it at that.”