Rick Ramirez

Rick Ramirez

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Independent recording artist. Original repertoire in Christian ministry mode ranging from energy driven songs, "fusion-like" jazz instrumentals, to heartfelt ballads leaving the audience spellbound by this hopeless romantic.

Biography

Piano driven trio (sometimes quartet) with influences ranging from Elton John, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Cold Play to Chick Corea, Steely Dan and John Mayer. The heartfelt musical interpretation and lyrical romanticism makes Rick Ramirez a true original.

Lyrics

Higher Ground

Written By: Richard Ramirez

Copyright 2004
“By the Word Music” (BMI)

Verse 1
This time was once too much… or have I just lost touch?
Seems my faith in You… brings me back brand new.

Refrain
There’s a hole in my life and You reached through it
Pulled me past the storm in time – You took me in
In my prayers I’m next to You; without a sound,
…lifted to a higher ground.

Verse 2
In my broken dreams – You hear me calling
How do I deserve – Your unfailing love?

Refrain
There’s a hole in my life and You reached through it
Pulled me past the storm in time – You took me in
In my prayers I’m next to You; without a sound,
…lifted to a higher ground.

Refrain
There’s a hole in my life and You reached through it
Pulled me past the storm in time – You took me in
In my prayers I’m next to You; without a sound,
…lifted to a higher ground.

This time was once too much…

Vocals, piano, string arrangement and sequence programming: Rick Ramirez
Bass guitar: Pete Ojeda

Harvest for the World

Written By: Richard Ramirez

Harvest for the World
(Comida para el Mundo)
Lenten season

Copyright 2005
“By the Word Music” (BMI)

Verse 1
Lord, You are Savior of me… Living water
If today I heard Your voice – would I listen?

I can’t live on bread alone, but on every word from God
Gave Your only Son, eternal life’s at hand…

Chorus
Father God – Harvest for the world
Feed my soul with Your presence
I have sinned – please forgive me
Feed my soul with Your presence.

Verse 2
“I give you a new command; love another!
Follow Me and take My hand – you’re forgiven.”

I can’t live on bread alone, but on every word from God
Gave Your only Son, eternal life’s at hand…

Chorus
Father God – Harvest for the world
Feed my soul with Your presence
I have sinned – please forgive me
Feed my soul with Your presence.

I can’t live on bread alone, but on every word from God
Gave Your only Son, eternal life’s at hand…

Chorus
Father God – Harvest for the world
Feed my soul with Your presence
I have sinned – please forgive me
Feed my soul with Your presence.

Vocals, piano, electric piano, “whispers”, sequence programming, string & orchestral arrangement: Rick Ramirez

Our Father Hears

Written By: Richard Ramirez

Our Father Hears
(Padre oir)

Copyright 2001
“By the Word Music” (BMI)

Verse 1
Sometimes prayers go “unanswered”
And everything we want isn’t given to us.
Why can’t, ever-present love…
Know all our pain and give all we need?

Chorus
Our Father hears every secret of your heart
He knows the least of your brothers…
From Babylon’s great rivers to the whispers of your soul,
… every cry of mercy – our Father hears.

Verse 2
Souls are freed! In quiet desperation…
‘times like these we need to seek peace of mind.
In this troubled world… divine inspiration –
…is not a destination but an endless sky.

Chorus
Our Father hears every secret of your heart
He knows the least of your brothers…
From Babylon’s great rivers to the whispers of your soul,
… every cry of mercy – our Father hears.

Bridge
Lead me to Your waters and cleanse away my sins,
Bring me through the storm… I’ll never fear again.
Take me higher still… poor in spirit, rich in faith
Forgive my doubts and hear me Lord… everyday!

Chorus
Our Father hears every secret of your heart
He knows the least of your brothers…
From Babylon’s great rivers to the whispers of your soul,
… every cry of mercy – our Father hears.
When you’re all alone-
Sorrow or laughter-
In every war-
Smallest kindness-
…in His silence… our Father hears.

Vocals, piano, organ, string arrangement, “oohs” & “aahs”, all sequence programming: Rick Ramirez
Background Vocals: Victoria Raven, Brenna Raven
“audible” & “inaudible” broadcasts at end of song courtesy of: … The human condition. (-- don’t worry … Our Father hears!!!)

Discography

Rick has recorded or performed with such artists as Selena, Patsy Torres, Bobby Flores, Rick Cavender and countless other artists and is an in-demand session player.

"All Roads Lead to You" CD performed by St. Joseph's Catholic Church choir, arranged and directed by Rick Ramirez

"Why Can't Every Day Be Christmas Day" Christmas CD performed by St. Joseph's Catholic Church choir, arranged and directed by Rick Ramirez

First solo release: "Direct My Steps" CD
(Thundercloud Records - indie)
Most recent release: "Westside Stories" CD
(Thundercloud Records - indie)

Rick's Solo CDs available at these fine outlets:

"Lighthouse Coffee & Cafe"
18730 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 100 (1604 & Stone Oak Pkwy) 210-495-5099

"The Espresso Spot"
20450 Hwy 46 W, Ste 200 Spring Branch 830-438-7889

"Chicki's Coffee Shop"
20630 Hwy 46 W Spring Branch TX 78070 830-438-4780

"Christ the King"
IH 10 West & Wurzbach San Antonio 210-694-4475

"Family Christian Store"
Wurzbach across from Ingram Park Mall San Antonio

"The Compass Christian Lifestyle Store"
12730 IH-10 West San Antonio IH 10 at DeZavala (University Square Center behind IHOP)

Set List

45 minute sets

(ORIGINALS)
Constant Faith
By the Word
Harvest for the World
Your Eyes
Mi Madre
Revelation
Higher Ground
Direct My Steps
Heart of My God
Our Father Hears
Fade to Blue
Heart of My God
Jericho
Your Waters Cleanse Me
Why Can't Everyday be Christmas Day?
rickzjamm
Another Workday
Like A Texas Song
Your Touch
Greenlight
My Lady
It's a Crime
Home
(etc.)

(COVERS - updated as needed)
Blessed Be Your Name
My Heart Will Trust
Open the Eyes of My Heart
Your Love is Extravagant
Refiners Fire
Who am I?
Forever
Let the River Flow
Immanuel
I am a Friend of God
Here I Am to Worship
Salvation Belongs to our God
Draw Me Close
Imagine
We Fall Down
Just Like You
Hungry (Falling on My Knees)
Breathe
I Could Sing of Your Love
(etc.)