Rick Elias

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Richard Robert Elias
Also known asRick Elias
Born(1955-01-07)January 7, 1955
San Diego, California
DiedApril 2, 2019(2019-04-02) (aged 64)
Occupation(s)Singer and songwriter

Richard Robert Elias (January 7, 1955 – April 2, 2019) was an American singer and songwriter based in Nashville.

Elias is best known for being a founding member of Rich Mullins' A Ragamuffin Band, which recorded and toured from 1993 through 2000.[1]


Elias was born in San Diego, California, eventually attending Azusa Pacific University outside Los Angeles.[2] In 1984, Elias moved to work full-time in L.A. and within a few years would be recording with producer, Niko Bolas.

Later Elias wrote and produced music in Nashville, Tennessee, while performing solo throughout the U.S. and internationally. His music was included in the 1996 movie That Thing You Do!, Dawsons Creek, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as well as other albums, independent films, and TV shows. During his career, Elias produced for artists such as Rich Mullins, Amy Grant, Aaron Neville, Michael W. Smith, and Randy Stonehill. He released four solo projects. His work was nominated and awarded by the GMA, UCMVA, and the Nashville Music Awards. His first solo record, Rick Elias & The Confessions, was voted No. 58 in the top 100 greatest albums in Christian music, as listed by CCM Magazine in 2001.[3]

In 2018 it was revealed that he had cancer.[4] A benefit concert was held by members of A Ragamuffin Band and performers from The Jesus Record on February 2, 2019 to raise money for his medical bills.[5] Elias died on April 2, 2019 from brain cancer.[6]


  • Rick Elias & The Confessions (1990, Alarma)
  • Ten Stories (1991, Frontline)
  • Blink (1998, Pamplin)
  • Confessions of a Ragamuffin (2000, KMG) (compilation album)
  • Bootleg (2003) (compilation album)
  • Bootleg 2: The Legend of Sonny Jim (2009) (compilation album)
  • Job (2013)


  1. ^ Beal, Jr., Jim (September 11, 1998). "Ragamuffin buddies to salute Rich Mullins". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved January 11, 2011. Rick Elias, known in the secular music world for his work on movie scores, including "That Thing You Do", plays guitar and sings in A Ragamuffin Band...
  2. ^ "Richard Robert Elias Obituary". legacy.com. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "CCM (USA) – The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music (01) – Acclaimed Music Forums". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Rick Elias Health". Classic Christian 247. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Benefit Concert: Support for Rick Elias, now diagnosed with brain cancer". crossrhythms.co.uk. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Sanford, Jay Allen. "RIP Harlequin and Vision guitarist Rick Elias". sandiegoreader.com. Retrieved April 3, 2019.

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