A Ragamuffin Band

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A Ragamuffin Band
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Christian music, folk, rock
Years active19932000
Labels Reunion, Myrrh
Past members

A Ragamuffin Band is a musical group founded by Rich Mullins in 1993, when he gathered friends from other bands to back him on his A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band album. The band continued to record and tour with Mullins, and even carried on after his 1997 death. The group's name is derived from Brennan Manning's 1990 book The Ragamuffin Gospel , which defines ragamuffins as "the burdened, the wobbly and weak-kneed, the inconsistent, unsteady disciples... the smart people who know they are stupid... the honest disciples who admit they are scalawags". [1] [2] [3] [4]

Rich Mullins American christian musician

Richard Wayne Mullins was an American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Step by Step". Some of his albums were also considered among Christian music's best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band (1993). His songs have been performed by numerous artists, including Caedmon's Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Carolyn Arends, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, Chris Rice, Rebecca St. James, Hillsong United and Third Day. During the tribute to Rich Mullins' life at the 1998 GMA Dove Awards, Amy Grant described him as "the uneasy conscience of Christian music.”

Richard Francis Xavier Manning, known as Brennan Manning was an American author, laicized priest, and public speaker. He is best known for his bestselling book The Ragamuffin Gospel.

The Ragamuffin Gospel is a book about the essence of Christianity by former Franciscan priest Brennan Manning. Manning argues that Jesus' gospel was one of grace, and that efforts to earn salvation are impossibly misguided. He states that the true meaning of God's grace has been lost in society amidst a constant search to merely please God, as though the Almighty is only a "small minded book keeper," who tallies sins and uses them against humanity. Citing numerous biblical references and utilizing colleagues' stories, Manning illustrates the simple need for humanity to accept the freedom of God's grace, and its power to change lives. A popular quote from the book: “To evangelize a person is to say to him or her: you, too, are loved by God in the Lord Jesus.” It was first published in 1990.


On February 2, 2019 the band reunited to perform The Jesus Record in its entirety with several guest artists to raise funds for member Rick Elias, who had been diagnosed with brain cancer the previous year. [5] Elias died two months later on April 2, 2019.

<i>The Jesus Record</i> 1998 studio album by Rich Mullins

The Jesus Record is the ninth and final album by American singer and songwriter Rich Mullins, released posthumously on July 21, 1998, ten months after his death.

Richard Robert Elias was an American singer and songwriter based in Nashville.


<i>Brothers Keeper</i> (album) 1995 studio album by Rich Mullins

Brother's Keeper is the eighth studio album by American singer and songwriter Rich Mullins, released in 1995.

Prayers of a Ragamuffin

Prayers of a Ragamuffin, released on January 4, 2000, is the fourth and final album by A Ragamuffin Band, and their only album that's not part of a project by Mullins.

track listing
  1. "Make Me an Instrument" (5:41)
  2. "Nothing You Don't Know" (4:43)
  3. "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" (3:49)
  4. "Faith, Hope and Love" (5:03)
  5. "Help Thou My Unbelief" (5:42)
  6. "My Heart Already Knows" (5:16)
  7. "Bouncing Off the Ceiling" (4:08)
  8. "God Grant Me Tears" (5:02)
  9. "Shout" (2:40)
  10. "We'll Be Together Again" hidden track (11:07)

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Mark Robertson (bassist) American musician

Mark Robertson is an American musician and record producer. Robertson is most well known for being a member of Rich Mullins' backing band, A Raggamuffin Band, the frontman of This Train, and bass player and producer of Legendary Shack Shakers. He has also played bass for Brighton, Altar Boys, Flesh Vehicle, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, The Dixiecrats, The Eskimo Brothers, Derek Hoke, and his newest band Prayer Flags, in which he is the frontman. His primary instrument is upright and electric bass, though he has performed lead and backing vocals for notable projects, including Rich Mullins' final album The Jesus Record and This Train. He produced Rich Mullins' Canticle of the Plains album, Mitch McVicker's first solo recording, Without Looking Down, as well as albums by This Train and The Legendary Shack Shakers.


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