The Richard Carey Project is a contemporary Christian group dedicated to spreading the gospel of the Lord to it’s expanding audience. The power of the Lord is reflected in the remarkable songs created by talented front man Rich Carey.
The Richard Carey Project is a contemporary Christian group dedicated to spreading the gospel of the Lord to it’s expanding audience. The power of the Lord is reflected in the remarkable songs created by talented front man Rich Carey. These songs embrace and emphasize Richard’s deep Christian faith and values. It is amazing that Rich somehow finds the time to write
contemporary Christian music considering his demanding life as local Probate Judge, dedicated father and husband! In addition, RCP includes some of the areas best musicians that embellish each performance with colorful textures, dramatic solos and beautiful backing vocals. This band has a great chemistry and puts a special “drive and energy” into each live performance! The Richard Carey Project has opened for many well-known Christian bands such as MercyMe and Audio Adrenaline and has contributed to a variety of benefit concerts in the local Springfield community.
Richard Carey, the local probate judge, puts down the gavel (temporarily) and picks up the microphone with the release of his third Christian rock CD: “Crossin’ O’er the Jordan”, scheduled for release this summer. His band, “the Project”, will celebrate the release on Friday, August 10th, with a live concert sponsored by Logos Christian Bookstore. The public is invited to join the celebration, slated for the store’s front parking area from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, and an appetite, as the “Java House at the Meadows” restaurant will be offering some of their fine cuisine throughout the evening.
“After a year in the studio, the band is pretty excited about this release,” says Carey. “It is very high-octane, very urban. Indeed, the CD has a very ‘live’ sound to it—as though it were recorded on the streets of Springfield—sans the traffic. Still, this new music is rather diverse, offering some quieter ballads amidst a number of songs heavy laden with brass and vocal harmonies. Think of Billy Joel meeting the Saturday Night Live band.”
It is all part of a Christian music ministry started by Carey five years ago with the release of his CD: “For the Glory of the Lord.” “My goal was, and remains, to touch hearts through the performance of my music, and through the sharing of stories—many of which come from my experiences in the criminal justice system. It has proven to be a good venue for spreading the truth and the wisdom of the Gospel message.” The ministry has taken him around Ohio and as far away as Arizona, Colorado, and Montana.
He often performs alone, as the band’s size is rather formidable, usually requiring bigger venues and significant sound equipment. Accordingly, one is not apt to find the whole band playing a local coffee house. Locals, however, may have caught the band warming up the crowd at the Dayton Convention Center for the bands, “Mercy Me” and “Audio Adrenalin”, for President George W. Bush’s visit to Clark County, or when it was one of the featured bands of the Springfield Summer Arts Festival. The band also enjoys stopping in to play at Word of Faith church for its jail chaplaincy fund-raisers. “When the whole band comes together, there is a tremendous energy which is unleashed. The people get excited; and the band feeds off of that. It is something to experience.”
Indeed, the band is comprised of a group of talented veterans. Jeff Sandow (bass), Doug Gibson (drums), Jeff Davis (organ), and Jacque Harenberg (sax) have been rocking crowds since the 1970s, with bands such as “Scram” and “NewMusic”. Pastor Jim Britton has been called the “dean” of guitar players. The band has become known for its powerful vocal section thanks to the voices of Troy Berry, Dan Carey—both of local theater lore— Sandy Cochran, Lisa Carey, and new vocalist, Carolyn Kerns. And Amanda Kincaid adds an unusual twist to the band with her haunting but lyrical violin riffs. Richard Carey writes the music, plays the piano, and is the lead singer and front man for the band. However, he is quick to add: “ I just count the beat and hang on for dear life. It’s a heck-of-a ride!”