Rick Cua

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Rick Cua
Background information
Born (1948-12-03) December 3, 1948 (age 69)
Syracuse, New York, US
Genres Christian rock, Southern rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Music Publishing Executive
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1980-present
Labels Refuge, Sparrow, Reunion, UCA
Associated acts Outlaws
Website RickCua.com

Rick Cua (born December 3, 1948) is an American Christian rock singer, songwriter, bassist, author and ordained minister. He is a former member of the Southern rock band, Outlaws, whom he joined in 1980, but left in 1983 to pursue a full-time career in contemporary Christian music, the year after, wherein he gained popularity throughout most of the 1980s as a leather-jacket-wearing rocker with an arena rock sound featuring big, shout-along choruses. [1] Upon signing to Reunion in 1988, his works began to take on a softer, more radio-friendly tone that included "sentimental ballads and pop-rock anthems in the style of Michael Bolton." [2] Cua left Reunion in 1992, creating his own label, UCA Records, on which he recorded three studio albums in the 1990s but received little radio play. He has also won several Dove and Grammy Awards.

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A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the orignal musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.

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Cua took a hiatus from recording in 1998 and went to work as Vice President of the Creative Department at EMI Christian Music Publishing, where he stayed until 2003. [3] [4] Following that executive stint, Cua became focused on managing his own two companies: Rick Cua Entertainment, which manages artists and works in music publishing, film and TV licensing; [5] and All For The King Music, offering coaching and inspiration to lay musicians through workshops and free electronic delivery of original worship music. [6] [7]

EMI British music recording and publishing company

EMI Group Limited was a British Transnational conglomerate founded in March 1931 in London. At the time of its break-up in 2012, it was the fourth largest business group and record label conglomerate in the music industry, and was one of the big four record companies ; its labels included EMI Records, Parlophone, Virgin Records, and Capitol Records, which are now owned by other companies.

In religious organizations, the laity consists of all members who are not part of the clergy, usually including any non-ordained members of religious institutes, e.g. a nun or lay brother.

Celebrating his 25th year in ministry, Cua released his twelfth album, Won't Fade Away, in 2007. It was his first album in ten years. [3] He has been married to Diana since 1970. They have two children, a son-in-law, and a grandson.

Cua's father, his veteran guitar teacher, Basilio "Buz" Cua, died on May 19, 2009 at the age of 90 in his home town of Syracuse, New York. Cua was unable to go to his father's funeral, due to successful prostate cancer surgery. [8]


Discography

Koo-Ah (Recorded at Glaser Recording Studio and Lower Level Studio, Nashville, TN.)

Nashville, Tennessee Consolidated city-county in Tennessee, United States

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Refuge Records was a contemporary Christian music record label founded in 1980 by Greg Nelson, Jack Hafer and Ray Nenow.

No Mystery (feat. Ian Bairnson on guitar)

  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Refuge

You're My Road

  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Sparrow
  • Producer: Dave Perkins
  • Singles: "You're My Road" and "Don't Say Suicide"

Wear Your Colors

  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Sparrow
  • Producer: Dave Perkins
  • Singles: "Wear Your Colors" and "This Raging Fire"

Can't Stand Too Tall

  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Reunion
  • Producer: Tom Hemby
  • Chart position: Reached No. 33 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian chart

Midnight Sun

  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Reunion
  • Producer: Tom Hemby
  • Chart position: Reached No. 29 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Christian chart
  • Singles: "I'll Be Satisfied" and "Young Boy, Young Girl" (feat. Rebecca Sparks)

Within Reach

The Way Love Is

  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Reunion
  • Producer: Bill Cuomo, John Leslie Hug, Robert White Johnson,
  • Singles: "What If?"

Songs to Live By

Times Ten

  • Released: 1995
  • Label: UCA
  • Producer: Rick Cua

Like A Cool Drink (with the Ah-Koo-Sticks)

  • Released: 1997
  • Label: UCA

Won't Fade Away

  • Released: 2007
  • Label: UCA
  • Producer: Tony Morra
  • Singles: "Won't Fade Away"

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