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Former Lonestar singer Richie McDonald plans on Christian music disc

Friday, March 7, 2008 – Richie McDonald, who left Lonestar to forge a solo career, will release his debut Contemporary Christian project, "I Turn To You," June 3. The CD was produced by McDonald's long-time friend, Frank Myers, and McDonald co-wrote all but two songs.

The project will be distributed by Lucid Artist and will be available at retail outlets nationwide including Family Christian stores and -Mart.

"I've always wanted to do this kind of album. I just thought it was time," said 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 and the Christian community nationwide," said Lucid President Greg Lucid. "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 Wal-Mart 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."

The title song is the first single that will be going for adds at radio on March 14th. Other songs include "He's Alive," "Handle With Prayer," about the power of prayer, 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 was in Lonestar for 16 years, and his leaving left some bruised feelings with other band members. McDonald wrote three number one songs for Lonestar, "My Front Porch," "Mr. Mom" and "I'm Already There."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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